MURRAY, Ky. – Two players for the University of Tennessee at Martin soccer team were selected for postseason honors handed out by the Ohio Valley Conference at the annual postseason awards banquet hosted by Murray State.
Sophomore Amy McGivern was selected for All-OVC first team honors while fellow sophomore Danae Kaldaridou was tabbed for the All-Newcomer squad.
“We are certainly delighted for both players,” said UT Martin head coach Phil McNamara. “Those two were definitely bright spots on the season. Amy worked extremely hard this past summer on her fitness and that showed. There is no question she was one of the best players in the league and her first team nomination certainly reflects that. Danae making the All-Newcomer team really is not surprising considering how strong she came on throughout the season and the impact she made on this team. We are very happy for both of them.”
A native of Ballynahinch, Northern Ireland, McGivern was truly a jack-of-all trades this season for the Skyhawks. Beginning the season in the midfield as one of the primary defenders for UT Martin, McGivern was tasked with controlling the opposing team’s best players frequently. Her versatility really showed as the season progressed moving forward to become a top threat offensively in the OVC. The sophomore finished the season tied for first in points with five goals and a team high three assists. Her biggest offensive outburst came at one of the most difficult times for the Skyhawks. After falling down 3-0 and only having 10 players on the field against Austin Peay on Sept. 30, McGivern turned the game around scoring two goals in a 15-minute span including the equalizer on a dart from 25-yards out. McGivern led the team with 1,617 minutes played, starting in all 18 games this season.
A native of Athens, Greece, Kaldaridou continued a rich history of success for international players at UT Martin. Her 10 points ranked third on the squad as she recorded four goals and two assists. Her All-Newcomer selection was the fifth consecutive year that UT Martin has seen one of their international players selected to the team (2012 Saphyra Coombs-James, 2013 Aoife Lennon, 2014 Rianna Jarrett, 2015 Lisa Schmieder). Her biggest impact came on Sept. 2, as Kaldaridou recorded two goals in the final six minutes to lead the Skyhawks to a 2-1 dramatic victory over Troy.
Joining McGivern on the All-OVC First Team were: Tennessee Tech goalkeeper Kari Naerdemann, Murray State junior forward Harriet Withers, Eastern Kentucky junior forward Jordan Foster, Southeast Missouri senior forward Natasha Minor, Tennessee Tech senior midfielder Abi Gearing, Eastern Kentucky senior midfielder Cassie Smith, Murray State senior defender Alison Critcher, Tennessee Tech junior defender Lauren Brewer, Austin Peay senior defender Mary Ruth Locastro, Morehead State senior defender Angela Black and SIUE senior defender Kassidy Rawdon.
Kaldaridou is joined by 10 freshman on the All-Newcomer team including: Morehead State forward Ashley Ritchie, Southeast Missouri midfielder Esmie Gonzales, Tennessee Tech forward Nora Vicsek, Murray State defender Karsyn Hasch, Eastern Kentucky midfielder Marian Wolski, Austin Peay midfielder Pamela Penaloza, SIUE midfielder Peyton Roehnelt, Belmont midfielder Anna Brock Hawkins, Jacksonville State forward Cheyenne Carden and Eastern Illinois midfielder Henar Urteaga.