Nov. 4, 2013
IRVING, Texas - Goalkeeper Caitlin Updyke has been an anchor in goal for the Louisiana Tech soccer program ever since she stepped on the field as a freshman back in 2010.
She was no doubt the anchor again as the lone senior in 2013 and was awarded for her efforts as the league office announced Monday morning the keeper was named second team All-Conference USA, chosen by the 16 league coaches.
Updyke was 3-6 on the season after a road loss to North Texas on Sept. 29, but the Broomfield, Colo. native turned things around from there, registering four shutouts in the next five matches with all four coming against C-USA foes.
Arguably her best individual performance came in the next match at West Division champ Colorado College when she held the Tigers potent offense scoreless for 102 minutes while tallying a career-high 12 saves before succumbing to a miss hit cross that handed LA Tech the loss.
By season's end, Updyke racked up 85 saves, the most ever in a single season by the senior.
The primary center back roaming in front of Updyke the entire season was Marjolein Timmermans who was chosen to the All-Freshman team in C-USA.
Timmermans played in all 20 matches with 19 starts and was a key defender for a Lady Techster squad that registered nine shutouts.
The Harmelen, Netherlands native was also a primary target on corner kicks, and it showed in multiple matches this season.
In the eighth minute on Oct. 6 versus FIU, it was a header by Timmermans off a corner that struck the back of the net to give LA Tech the early lead. The goal was the first of her young career.
She struck again the following weekend against UTEP, hammering home a deflected ball off a corner that proved to be the game-winner.
The team of 18 freshmen ended with a 9-10-1 overall record and a 4-6 conference record, coming up just one win shy of qualifying for the C-USA Tournament.
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2013 C-USA WOMEN'S SOCCER AWARDS
Offensive Player of the Year - Rachel Holden, North Texas
Defensive Player of the Year - Kelsey Hodges, North Texas
Midfielder of the Year - Kaeli Vandersluis, Colorado College
Freshman of the Year - Rachel Holden, North Texas
Coach of the Year - Geoff Bennett, Colorado College
All-Conference USA First Team
F: Rachel Holden, North Texas F: Holly Hargreaves, Rice F: Lauren Hughes, Rice F: Azia Nicholson, UTEP MF: Jessie Ayers, Colorado College MF: Kaeli Vandersluis, Colorado College MF: Quinny Truong, MF, Rice D: Katie Uyenishi, Colorado College D: Caitlin Hite, East Carolina D: Olivia Mbala, Florida Atlantic D: Kelsey Hodges, North Texas GK: Kate Scheele, Colorado College
All-Conference USA Second Team
F: Ashleigh Shim, FIU F: Claire Emslie, Florida Atlantic F: Jade Babcock, UTEP MF: Amanda Jones, Charlotte MF: Kate Loye, Middle Tennessee MF: Jordan O'Brien, Tulsa D: Monica Trickett, Charlotte D: Kecia Morway, Colorado College D: Tori Martyn, UTEP GK: Caitlin Updyke, Louisiana Tech GK: Bubba Makela, UTSA
All-Conference USA Third Team
F: Sarah Schweiss, Colorado College F: Kendall Frey, East Carolina F: Vanessa Ibewuike, North Texas F: Danica Roberts, Southern Miss MF: Kim Lopez, FIU MF: Paige Hanks, UAB MF: Jasmine Kauka, UAB MF: Aleah Davis, UTEP D: Danielle Romano, East Carolina D: Alyssa Cathey, Marshall D: Emily Jorgenson, Middle Tennessee
Conference USA All-Freshman Team
Nicole Anderson, D, Charlotte Chanisse Hendrix, F, Colorado College Caitlin Hite, D, East Carolina Katie Englert, MF, Florida Atlantic Majolein Timmermans, D, Louisiana Tech Rachael Figg, F, Middle Tennessee Rachel Holden, F, North Texas Jenny Fichera, D, Rice Brittany Taylor, GK, Southern Miss Lana Bermel, MF, Tulsa Morgan Key-Adams, MF, UAB Kim Fincher, MF, UAB Aleah Davis, MF, UTEP Bubba Makela, GK, UTSA