BRISTOL, Tenn. – Now that we are nearing the end of the season awards start to be handed out, and two King University women's soccer players were honored on Thursday. Both Rachel Thorpe and Bekah Ramstack earned All-Conference Carolinas honors for their performances this season.
Thorpe, a sophomore from Ontario, Canada garnered first team honors after leading the Tornado, and ranking second in the league with 12 goals. Not only is she second in the league with 12 goals, but she ranks 20th in NCAA Division II. She also added an assist for 25 points on the season, which ranks third in the league. Thorpe scored goals in King's final five regular season games, including a pair of two-goal performandces at Trevecca Nazarene University and Barton College. She also scored two goals in a 3-0 win over Virginia Intermont College earlier this season.
"Rachel had a standout year for us this year, and has scored some very important goals for us," head coach Simon Duffy said. "Despite us finishing in eighth place, she is very deserving of being a first team all-conference player."
A senior from Wichita, Kan., Ramstack was named to the all-conference second team after anchoring the King defense for each of the past two seasons. She netted her first career goal on Senior Day last Saturday in King's 5-1 win over Mount Olive College that clinched a Conference Carolinas Tournament berth for the third straight season. She is one of only two Tornado to start all 18 games this season, and she dished out her lone assist of the season in a 3-0 win over Virginia Intermont.
"She is a leader on the field and plays with intensity every day in training which carries over to the games," Duffy said. "Since coming hear a year ago as a junior college transfer, she has made a massive impact and she will be greatly missed next year."
King takes on Pfeiffer University in the Conference Carolinas Tournament semifinals this afternoon at 2:00 p.m.