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Garst garners All-OVC nod

Garst garners All-OVC nod


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Sophomore Julie Garst gave the Belmont women's soccer team its second straight representative on the All-Ohio Valley Conference First Team, the league announced Thursday at the OVC Tournament banquet.

Garst (Franklin, Tenn.) was voted to the first team after proving herself among the OVC's most dangerous scorers in 2018. The 5-foot-2 forward set offensive career highs across the board while tallying seven goals, two assists and 16 total points.

"Julie is such a competitor," praised Belmont Head Coach Heather Henson. "Her athletic ability and her competitive drive are the foundations of what she brings to our program."

It's Belmont's third ever All-OVC First Team selection since joining the conference in 2012. Former first-team honorees include Belicia Mendiola (2017) and Katie Proud (2013).

Garst was named to the All-OVC Second Team and All-Newcomer Team as a freshman in 2017 despite missing a chunk of games due to illness. She never stopped learning and growing in the game, Henson said, and Garst claimed a larger leadership role on and off the field as a sophomore.

Her enhanced play helped her rank sixth in the conference in goals and fourth with three game-winning goals, all three of which came in OVC games. Garst was also seventh in points.


Garst was a prolific shooter as well, piling up 68 shots in 17 games. That's the second most shots by a Belmont player in program history. Her 4.00 shots per game ranked 35th in the nation.

That shot volume was by design, Henson said.

"We talked a lot in the spring about her being more selfish – in a good way," Henson said. "We want her to be able to read the opportunities and take the ball more often, and she did a great job of recognizing when to create for herself and when to pass off to an open teammate.

"Julie has a knack that she can create goal-scoring chances for herself and for her teammates. That continued to grow from last year to this year."

Belmont added to its most successful stretch since joining the OVC with a third straight appearance in the conference tournament this season. The Bruins had only once ever reached the postseason in three consecutive seasons in the program's 22-year history, and Belmont had never made back-to-back OVC Tournaments prior to last season.

The Bruins ended the season at 6-8-3 after a scoreless draw with SEMO in the first round of tournament action last Friday. The Redhawks advanced on penalty kicks.




(As selected by OVC women's soccer coaches and sports information directors)

First Team

GK Erica Myers, UT Martin, So., Holland, Ohio

F Erin Torrence, Eastern Kentucky, Jr., Hudgson, Ohio

F Dani Wilson, Morehead State, Sr., Elizabethtown, Ky.

F Miyah Watford, Murray State, Jr., Indianapolis, Ind.

F Julie Garst, Belmont, So., Franklin, Tenn.

MF Amy McGivern, UT Martin, Sr., Drumaness, Northern Ireland

MF Esmie Gonzales, Southeast Missouri. Jr., Fort Worth, Texas

MF Danae Kaldaridou, UT Martin, Sr., Athens, Greece

D Kaci Mitchell, UT Martin, Sr., Oak Ridge, Tenn.

D Kaitie Shipley, Tennessee Tech, Jr., Barrie, Ontario

D Henar Urteaga, Eastern Illinois, Jr., Pamplona, Spain



2018 OVC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Abby Jones, Murray State

2018 OVC COACH OF THE YEAR: Phil McNamara, UT Martin

Second Team

GK Sara Teteak, Eastern Illinois, Jr., Naperville, Ill.

F Abby Jones, Murray State, Fr., Powell, Ohio

F Rebecca Kubin, Murray State, So., Lake Zurich, Ill.

F Skylor Keane, UT Martin, Fr., Knoxville, Tenn.

MF Andrea Frerker, SIUE, So., Maryville, Ill.

MF Claire Larose, Austin Peay, So., London, Ontario

MF Monica Rios, Eastern Kentucky, Sr., Lexington, Ky.

MF Claire Peterson, Jacksonville State, Sr., Herman, Maine

D Karsyn Hasch, Murray State, Jr., Temecula, Calif.

D Renee Semaan, Austin Peay, Jr., Knoxville, Tenn.

D Jennifer Smith, Austin Peay, Sr., Caledon, Ontario


F Abby Jones, MurrayState, Fr., Powell, Ohio

F Skylor Keane, UT Martin, Fr., Knoxville, Tenn.

F Sarah Owusu, Eastern Kentucky, R-Fr., Brampton, Ontario

F Colleen Swift, Morehead State, Fr., Loveland, Ohio

GK Bailey Redden, Southeast Missouri, Fr, Belleville, Ill.

F Chloe Smith, Tennessee Tech, Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio

F Sam Kelly, UT Martin, Jr., Dungannnon, Northern Ireland

MF Morgan McCourt, Southeast Missouri, Fr., Burlington, Wis.

D Nicole Palmer, Morehead State, Fr., Philadelphia, Pa.

GK Zoe Aguirre, Eastern Kentucky, Fr., Corona, Calif.

D Maisie Paulson, Jacksonville State, Fr., Highlands Ranch, Colo.