The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) announced its selections for the 2016 University Division All-State Women’s Soccer Teams on Tuesday. A total of 22 student-athletes from six different North Carolina schools were named to the first and second teams.
Charlotte, which won the Conference USA Championship and earned an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament, led all schools with seven selections, including four First-Team picks. UNCW followed with four selections to the First Team.
UNCW senior goalkeeper Carolyn Huddy was named to the All-State First Team after helping the Seahawks win 10 games for the second straight season. The Huntersville, N.C., product, who earned Second Team All-State notice last year, started 13 games as a senior and compiled a 1.16 goals against average with five shutouts. She finished her career as the Seahawks’ all-time leader with 18 career shutouts while matching the program mark with 29 career victories.
Charlotte freshman defender Riley Orr joins Elon junior Kendall Ballotti and UNCW senior Madison Melnick as first team defenders.
A Third Team All-Conference USA selection, Orr led Charlotte with 11 assists, including three assists in the Conference USA Championship Game against Florida Atlantic. The Mooresville, N.C., native served as the 49ers’ primary kicker on set pieces, including free kicks and corner kicks, and scored her lone goal of the season on a corner kick at Florida International.
Ballotti, who garnered First-Team distinction for the second straight year, became the first Elon player to earn First-Team All-Colonial Athletic Association after leading a defensive unit that posted seven shutouts. The Long Valley, N.J., native finished tied for second on the team with three goals while contributing an assist.
Melnick, a native of Mason, Ohio, claimed Third-Team All-CAA honors after starting 16-of-17 games on defense. In addition to anchoring a defensive unit that fashioned seven shutouts, she was UNCW’s third-leading scorer with four goals and two assists, including a two-goal effort at Furman on Sept. 11. A transfer from Cincinnati, Melnick started 56-of-58 games in three seasons at UNCW.
A pair of unanimous First-Team selections – Campbell senior Payton Ormsby and Charlotte junior Martha Thomas – headline the All-State First-Team midfield unit. They are joined by UNCW senior Moa Jarl and Charlotte senior Katie O’Neill.
Ormsby, who claimed a spot on the First Team for the second straight season, led the Big South Conference with 22 points on the strength of seven goals and eight assists. A First-Team All-Big South Conference pick, the Wilmington, N.C., product tallied a point in each of the Camels’ Big South Conference wins, including three assists against Winthrop.
Meanwhile, Thomas was named to the All-State First Team for the third year in a row after helping the 49ers post an 11-9-2 record. Honored as the Conference USA Offensive Player-of-the-Year, the Weston, Fla., native led C-USA in scoring with 10 goals and 10 assists and was a two-time selection to the TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team-of-the-Week.
Jarl claimed Second-Team All-CAA recognition after tallying two goals with four assists in her senior campaign. The Gothenburg, Sweden, product started all 19 games for UNCW, closing out a career which saw her start 69-of-75 contests while scoring five goals with 11 assists.
Named as the Most Outstanding Offensive Player at the Conference USA Championship, O’Neill was a Second-Team all-league pick after netting four goals with four assists while starting 13-of-17 games. She posted a hat trick against Louisiana Tech, including the second-fastest goal to begin a match in school history with a strike just 21 seconds into the contest.
Freshman Megan Greene of Charlotte, who was a unanimous selection, joins UNCW junior Serenity Waters and Appalachian State senior Jane Cline as the All-State First-Team forwards.
Greene, the Conference USA Freshman of the Year, earned Second-Team All-Conference laurels after finishing in a tie for the team lead with 10 goals while adding six assists. A native of Fuquay-Varina, N.C., she topped the 49ers with 70 shots, including 36 shots on goal, and ranked No. 56 in the midseason TopDrawerSoccer.com national Top 100 freshman rankings.
Waters, a Second-Team All-CAA selection, paced the Seahawks’ offense by scoring nine goals with seven assists. The Sharpsburg, Ga., product started all 19 games at forward and claimed CAA Co-Player-of-the-Week honors after leading UNCW to wins over William & Mary and Elon to close out the regular season. In three years in the Port City, she has tallied 17 goals with 8 assists.
Cline was named as the Sun Belt Conference’s Offensive-Player-of-the-Year after leading the league with 25 points. The Cornelius, N.C., native matched the program record by scoring 11 goals, including five game-winning markers, while contributing three assists. She finished her career ranked second in the Appalachian State annals with 68 career points.
The NCCSIA All-State Second Team is comprised of Campbell’s Murita Storey, Callie Beckwith, Christine Kindt, Kine Thorsvik and Alexa Genas, Western Carolina’s Sayres McKenna, Kasey Cooke and Emily Threatt, and Charlotte’s Julia Grainda, Shelby Hicks and Anna Shelden.
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
2016 University Division All-State Women’s Soccer Teams
Pos. Name Class School Hometown
GK Carolyn Huddy @ Sr. UNCW Huntersville, N.C.
D Riley Orr Fr. Charlotte Mooresville, N.C.
D Kendall Ballotti # Jr. Elon Long Valley, N.J.
D Madison Melnick Sr. UNCW Mason, Ohio
M Payton Ormsby # Sr. Campbell Wilmington, N.C.
M Martha Thomas #^ Jr. Charlotte Weston, Fla.
M Katie O’Neill Sr. Charlotte Kearny, N.J.
M Moa Jarl Sr. UNCW Gothenburg, Sweden
F Megan Greene Fr. Charlotte Fuquay-Varina, N.C.
F Serenity Waters Jr. UNCW Sharpsburg, Ga.
F Jane Cline Sr. Appalachian State Cornelius, N.C.
Pos. Name Class School Hometown
GK Anna Shelden R-So. Charlotte Raleigh, N.C.
D Murita Storey @ Sr. Campbell Chesapeake, Va.
D Shelby Hicks Sr. Charlotte Chapel Hill, N.C.
D Callie Beckwith Fr. Campbell Fulton, N.Y.
M Christine Kindt Sr. Campbell Lansdale, Pa.
M Sayres McKenna So. Western Carolina Wilmington, N.C.
M Kine Thorsvik Sr. Campbell Aarland, Norway
M Kasey Cooke Jr. Western Carolina Rocky Mount, N.C.
F Alexa Genas Fr. Campbell Albuquerque, N.M.
F Emily Threatt Fr. Western Carolina Knoxville, Tenn.
F Julia Grainda Fr. Charlotte Cornelius, N.C.
# - First Team All-State in 2015
@ - Second Team All-State in 2015
^ - First Team All-State in 2014