The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) announced its selections for the 2015 University Division All-State Women’s Soccer Teams on Tuesday. A total of 22 student-athletes from seven different North Carolina schools were named to the first and second teams.
UNCW, which reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament, led all schools with five selections, including three first-team picks. High Point followed with four selections, including three first-team honorees.
Sophomore goalkeeper Alex Persiani of High Point was named to the first team after earning Big South Defensive Player of the Year notice. The Estero, Fla. native set a Big South Conference by posting a 0.49 goals against average while contributing 10 shutouts for the Panthers, who posted a 12-5-4 record.
UNCW senior defender Morgan Leyble joins High Point junior Kelsey Perrell and Elon sophomore Kendall Ballotti as first team defenders.
A starter in all 23 games for the Seahawks, Leyble scored three goals and added two assists while anchoring a defensive unit that set a school record with 10 shutouts. Meanwhile, Perrell earned a spot on the All-Big South first team after notching five goals with three assists while starting 18 of 20 contests.
Ballotti, who helped Elon improve from a 5-12-0 record in 2014 to a 9-8-2 mark this year, was a starter in 17 of 18 games for the Phoenix and tallied three goals.
Four different schools are represented on the NCCSIA All-State first team midfield. UNCW senior Stephanie Bronson leads the group, which includes sophomore Becca Rolfe of High Point, junior Payton Ornsby of Campbell and senior Shelby Hooe of Gardner-Webb.
A first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection, Bronson was the Seahawks’ third-leading scorer with six goals and four assists. She was also tied for the team lead with four game-winning goals and finished her career ranked 11th in school history with 41 career points. Meanwhile, Rolfe started 16 of 19 games for the Panthers while contributing three goals. The first team All-Big South selection scored two goals in a win over Stetson and was named as the Big South Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 8.
Ornsby joined Rolfe on the All-Big South first team after tallying five goals with nine assists. A starter in all 21 games for the Camels, the Chesapeake, Va., native scored the game-winning goal against Albany and tallied a goal with an assist in the final two regular season games to help Campbell secure a top-four seed in the Big South Tournament.
A two-time All-Big South selection for Gardner-Webb, Hooe earned second team distinction as a senior after leading the Bulldogs in scoring for the second straight year. The Mechanicsville, Va., product tallied nine goals with two assists while starting all 19 games. She finished her career as the seventh-leading scorer in school history with 28 goals and 66 points.
Senior forward Maddie McCormick of UNCW headlines the forwards selected to the All-State first team and is joined by senior Ashley Clark of Campbell and sophomore Martha Thomas of Charlotte.
A first team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection, McCormick started all 23 games and finished the season tied for the CAA lead with 14 goals and 34 points. A two-time CAA Co-Player of the Week selection, the Newark, Del., native finished her career as the fourth-leading scorer in school history with 34 goals and 78 points.
Honored as the 2015 Big South Attacking Player of the Year, Clark tallied 17 goals with 10 assists for the Camels while starting all 21 games. The Cary, N.C., product finished her career as a four-time All-Big South first team selection and ranks second in Campbell history with 46 goals, including 20 game-winning markers, and 114 points.
Thomas earned first team All-Conference USA recognition after leading the conference with 13 goals while starting 17 of 19 games. The Weston, Fla., native posted three multi-goal games, including back-to-back two-goal efforts against East Carolina and Elon. With 24 goals in two seasons, Thomas already ranks ninth in school history.
The NCCSIA All-State second team is comprised of UNC Asheville’s Emma Houser, Caroline Houser and Paige Trent, UNCW’s Carolyn Huddy and Katrina Guillou, Elon’s Samantha Burch and Mel Insley, Campbell’s Murita Storey, High Point’s Amy Burch, Charlotte’s Katie O’Neill and Gardner-Webb’s Bailey Hierholzer.
Nominations were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals and voted on by NCCSIA members.
Founded in 2002, the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina. The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.
NCCSIA selects all-state teams in the University (Division I) and College (Division II, III, NAIA) divisions for men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, softball and baseball.
North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association
2015 University Division All-State Women’s Soccer Teams
Pos. Name Class School Hometown
GK Alex Persiani So. High Point Estero, Fla.
D Morgan Leyble Sr. UNCW Jacksonville, N.C.
D Kelsey Perrell @ R-Jr. High Point King, N.C.
D Kendall Ballotti So. Elon Long Valley, N.J.
M Stephanie Bronson ^ R-Sr. UNCW Raleigh, N.C.
M Becca Rolfe # So. High Point Nashville, Tenn.
M Payton Ormsby Jr. Campbell Chesapeake, Va.
M Shelby Hooe # Sr. Gardner-Webb Mechanicsville, Va.
F Maddie McCormick Sr. UNCW Newark, Del.
F Ashley Clark R-Sr. Campbell Cary, N.C.
F Martha Thomas # So. Charlotte Weston, Fla.
Pos. Name Class School Hometown
GK Carolyn Huddy Jr. UNCW Huntersville, N.C.
D Emma Houser So. UNC Asheville Chapel Hill, N.C.
D Amy Burch Sr. High Point Boiling Springs, N.C.
D Murita Storey Jr. Campbell Chesapeake, Va.
M Katie O’Neill Jr. Charlotte Kearny, N.J.
M Samantha Burch Sr. Elon Chapel Hill, N.C.
M Bailey Hierholzer Fr. Gardner-Webb Heath, Texas
M Mel Insley Sr. Elon Dillsburg, Pa.
F Katrina Guillou @^ Sr. UNCW Fort Washington, Md.
F Caroline Houser So. UNC Asheville Chapel Hill, N.C.
F Paige Trent Jr. UNC Asheville Winston-Salem, N.C.
# - First Team All-State in 2014
@ - Second Team All-State in 2014
^ - First Team All-State in 2013