Louisiana Tech's Emily Cleaveland Earns LSWA's Freshman of the Year


Updated Nov 20, 2005 23:07:11

LSWA Freshman of the Year Emily Cleaveland

Louisiana Tech's Emily Cleaveland Earns LSWA's Freshman of the Year

HAMMOND -- Louisiana Tech's soccer team received a huge boast this weekend when freshman forward Emily Cleaveland was named the Louisiana Sports Writers' Association Freshman of the year for 2005 and named to the first team all-state.

"I am shocked and flattered," Cleaveland said of winning the award. "It is truly a great honor."

Cleaveland and LSU's Melissa Clarke were the top two vote-getters in this years nominating process for all-state, and her 23 points thanks to nine goals and five assists pushed her over LSU-Shreveport freshman forward Katrina Blackwell for the award.

"I think the award is great not just for Emily but for our team," head coach Jen Soileau said. "It speaks especially highly of our team given that this was our first recruiting class. It really shows that this team is moving in the right direction."

Freshman defender Savannah Russo also was named to the honorable mention list for 2005.

"Savannah's a great defender and really deserved her honor," Soileau said. "She's a great presence in our backfield."

Cleaveland said she was thankful to her team and her coaches for the way they kept at her and made her better.

"It speaks well of the team and Coach Soileau and Coach (Rich) Stoneman," Cleaveland said. "They both pushed me hard this year and I'm thankful that they helped me do so well."