MARTINSVILLE, N.C. - Meredith College rookie Taylor Brown was selected as one of 11 USA South women's soccer student-athletes to earn 2012 All-Tournament honors. The Avenging Angels lost a tough 2-1 battle Friday evening versus the Averett University Cougars, who went on to win the USA South Conference Championship.
After claiming fourth place in the regular season, Meredith hosted the Lions of Piedmont College in the quarterfinal round of the conference tournament on October 27. Avenging Angel Jessie Davis scored a game-winner in the second overtime period to advance Meredith to the semifinals held in Martinsville, Virginia, November 2. Brown assisted on the goal for her fifth assist on the season.
The Avenging Angels gave the Cougars all they could handle during the 90 minute semifinal pairing at Smith River Sports Complex. Junior goalkeeper Kelsey Hopper made three incredible saves in the first 18 minutes of play to keep Averett at bay.
On just the third Meredith attempt, Brown found the back of the net to put the Avenging Angels on the board for a 1-0 lead going into the break.
The Meredith defense continued to battle and kept the net clear for the first 24 minutes of the second period. But the regionally ranked Averett Cougars, undefeated in conference play, managed to slip past an aggressive Meredith defense to tie the match in the 69th minute.
Tournament MVP Pernilla Milton scored the game-winning goal with just 33 seconds remaining in regulation to give AU the advantage and a spot in Saturday's championship match.
Brown's tournament goal gave her a career 11 goals during her freshman season with the Avenging Angels.
2012 USA South Women's Soccer All-Tournament Team
GK - Malin Borjesson, Averett
D - Joy Piirto, Christopher Newport
D - Taylor Ortman, Averett
D - Kelsey Thomas, Christopher Newport
MF - Dani Gunderson, Christopher Newport
MF - Chelsea Wolfe, Christopher Newport
MF - Sandra Johansson, Averett
MF - Mathilda Hansson, Averett
F - Ashley Howarth, Maryville
F - Taylor Brown, Meredith
F - Pernilla Milton, Averett (MVP)