Pireu & Tucker Earn Spots on All-MEC Soccer Team

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. —  The Mountain East Conference today announced its top individual award winners for the 2021 women’s soccer season with Concord’s Yasmin Mosby taking Offensive Player of the Year, and teammate Morgan Carmichael claiming Defensive Player of the Year honors. Frostburg State’s Cat Smith was recognized as the MEC Freshman of the Year, and CU head coach Luke Duffy was selected as the league’s Coach of the Year.

Mosby, a graduate student from Hatfield, England, is the league’s Offensive Player of the Year for a second-straight season after claiming the honor last spring. Mosby set a conference record with 19 goals this season to go with three assists. Her 19 goals are the second-most in the country. Mosby also ranks fourth in the country in goals per game (1.06), and is seventh in the country in points per game (2.28). Her seven game-winning goals rank second in the NCAA.

Carmichael, a graduate student from Fleming Island, Fla, is the MEC’s Defensive Player of the Year for the second time in her career after earning the honor back in 2019. She leads a defensive unit that has let in just eight goals this season and posted 13 shutouts on the year — the most in the country. 

Smith, a native of Parsonburg, Md., is the MEC Freshman of the Year after stepping immediately into the Frostburg State starting lineup. As an outside back, she’s provided two goals and one assist on the year and also helped the Bobcats hold opponents to less than a goal per game and eight shutouts.  

Duffy is the MEC Coach of the Year for the second time in his career after directing Concord to the South Division title. Concord completed the regular season 15-0-3, and was unbeaten in conference play with a 13-0-3 mark. The Mountain Lions rank both in the top five in the country in scoring at 3.67 goals per game and goals-against average at 0.429. Concord has also consistently held a spot in the NCAA Atlantic Region rankings in recent weeks.

In addition to the individual honors, the league also announced its All-MEC teams. Concord had six players earn first-team honors, while Charleston had three. Fairmont State and Frostburg State each had two first-team selections. 

West Virginia State had three players earn second-team honors, as did Frostburg State. Charleston and West Virginia Wesleyan each had two players placed on the second team.

Wesleyan’s two players were Natalie Pireu and MaKatlyn Tucker.

From Granville, Ohio, Pireu, a senior defender led Wesleyan to nine clean sheets this season. She scored four goals and added an assist this year for a total of nine points.

Tucker, a senior forward hailing from Salem, W.Va., paced the Lady Bobcats in points with 16 after scoring eight goals including a hat trick in only 14 minutes against Alderson Broaddus on Oct. 13.

Davis & Elkins, Fairmont State, Notre Dame and Wheeling each had one second-team honoree.

The All-MEC teams are selected by a vote of the league’s coaches.

2021 All-MEC First Team
GKKaylee HensleySr.Charleston
GKLeah MarshSr.Concord
DMorgan CarmichaelSr.Concord
DAri ChristiansenJr.Fairmont State
DMackenzie FolchSr.Frostburg State
DMadison HansenSo.Charleston
MMichelle BrogdenJr.Concord
MAudra CurtinSr.Frostburg State
MCourtney SmithJr.Concord
MLaura VierhoutSo.Charleston
FLeah FosterSr.Concord
FKiera KuzinskiSo.Fairmont State
FYasmin MosbyGr.Concord
2021 All-MEC Second Team
GKTaylor KennedyJr.Fairmont State
DLotte BovyJr.Charleston
DAbbey DennisSr.Frostburg State
DMadison LuckettJr.Notre Dame
DNatalie PireuSr.West Virginia Wesleyan
MSachiko GamoFr.Davis & Elkins
MBrooke LucasJr.Charleston
MBrooklyn PrittSr.West Virginia State
MHannah ThompsonSo.Frostburg State
MNaomi WaithiraJr.West Virginia State
FKenadee BurgoyneSr.Wheeling
FAlexis PateSr.Frostburg State
FFranciele Soares-CupertinoJr.West Virginia State
FMakatlyn TuckerSr.West Virginia Wesleyan
2021 All-MEC Honorable Mention
Defender: Olivia Bekeleski (CU), Kate Eddy (UC), Grace Fodor (WLU), Madison Rose (DE)
Midfielder: Roberta Pomi (UC)
Forward: Louisa Follert (NDC), Toni Fiocco-Mizer (FROST), Keira Hill (UC)
2021 All-MEC Freshman Team
MMary DifonzoWheeling
FLouisa FollertNotre Dame
FLeah FlemingConcord
MSachiko GamoDavis & Elkins
DCat SmithFrostburg State
FMerel SmetsGlenville State
DEmily WallonFairmont State
Offensive Player of the Year: Yasmin Mosby (Concord)
Defensive Player of the Year: Morgan Carmichael (Concord)
Freshman of the Year: Cat Smith (Frostburg)
Coach of the Year: Luke Duffy (Concord)

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