Tornado have five selected All-Conference Carolinas

Tornado have five selected All-Conference Carolinas

2016 All-Conference Carolinas Selections

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Prior to the semifinals of the Conference Carolinas Women's Soccer Championships, the league announced their all-conference award winners. Five Tornado were selected all-conference, including two on the first team, two on the second team and one on the third team.

Paula Doran and Kendyl Baird both garnered first team all-conference, the first all-conference selection for both. Doran led Conference Carolinas with nine assists from her midfield position. The Kildare, Ireland native also added four goals on the season, including one game-winner. She posted three goals in her final five contests, including the game-winner in a 3-1 win over Barton College in the regular season finale. Earlier in the season she dished out three assists in a 6-0 win over the University of Mount Olive and added two more in a 7-0 win over Erskine College.

Baird, ranked fifth in the league with nine goals and 22 points, and ranked 10th with four assists on the season. A native of Boone, N.C., Baird's nine goals also tied for the team lead. She became the second Tornado in the NCAA Division II era to tally four goals in a game when she found the back of the net four times against Mount Olive. A week earlier she posted two goals, including the game-winner and one assist in a 5-1 win over North Greenville University.

Kara Garrett and Haley Cook both garnered second team all-conference honors. This marks the second straight year Garrett has been selected to the all-conference second team, and the first time Cook has been recognized.

Garrett tied Baird for the team lead with nine goals, ranking fifth in Conference Carolinas. The Abingdon, Va., native led King with four game-winning goals, a mark that ranked fourth in the league. Her first game-winner came in the 83rd minute of a 4-3 win over Mars Hill University. She added another in a win over Mount Olive and then in back-to-back victories over Southern Wesleyan University and Erskine. Garrett also posted two multi-goal games, the first with two tallies against Erskine and again with two goals in a 3-1 win over Barton.

Cook was one of the top defenders for the Tornado, starting all 18 games in the backline. On the offensive side, the Indian Harbour Beach, Fla., native posted three goals, all coming on corner kicks. Her first goal came in the victory over Mount Olive before she tallied goals in back-to-back contests against Southern Wesleyan and Erskine. On the defensive side, she helped the Tornado posted three shutouts on the season.

Lindsay Curtis garners third team all-conference recognition for the second straight season. The senior started 17 of the 18 games she appeared in for the Tornado defense. She helped the Tornado post three shutouts on the defensive side and chipped in with four assists on the season, a mark that ranks 10th in Conference Carolinas. A native of Franklin, Tenn., Curtis assisted on the game-winning goal of King's 3-1 win over Southern Wesleyan.

The Tornado had their season come to an end on Tuesday when the fell at second seed Belmont Abbey College in the quarterfinals of the Conference Carolinas Women's Soccer Championship.

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