Nov. 4, 2013
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Three Florida Atlantic University women's soccer players earned All-Conference honors, Conference USA announced Monday. Junior Olivia Mbala, sophomore Claire Emslie and freshman Katie Englert were awarded for their efforts under head coach Patrick Baker.
Mbala, a defender from Toronto, Ontario, was named to the All-Conference First Team. She helped lead FAU to earn six shutouts on the year, including four in conference matches. She and the Owls allowed the fewest goals in Conference USA matches, giving up just seven in their ten matches. Mbala totaled 1,562 minutes of play in 2013 and recorded an assist in FAU's final match of the season.
"Olivia had a tremendous year as our starting center back," Baker said. "I felt she was one of the best 1 v. 1 defenders in Conference USA and became a threat going forward as the season progressed. Olivia was a major impact in each game we played and helped anchor a defense that gave up the fewest goals in conference play. I'm excited we get another year together and look forward to elevating her game in the off season."
Emslie, FAU's leading scorer for the second consecutive season, was named to the All-Conference Second Team. The sophomore forward from Penicuik, Midlothian, Scotland, racked up 15 points this season, leading the Owls in most offensive categories. She scored seven goals in her 1,316 minutes of play and placed 22 of her 45 shots on goal. Emslie recorded a hat trick and an assist in FAU's 10-0 victory against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Sept. 15.
"Claire was one of our few consistent attacking threats all year long and finished conference play in great form," Baker said. "She scored against Marshall, Charlotte (twice) and UAB which allowed us to make a late push for the Conference USA Tournament. Her technical ability and understanding of the game is very good - we just need to get her more looks next fall. She has had a productive first two seasons for us, but I feel next fall will be her best yet."
Englert, a freshman midfielder from Clearwater, Fla., was named to the All-Freshman team. She started 13 of the 17 matches in which she played and took seven shots on the year, placing two of those on goal. Her 876 minutes was the second-most among freshmen on the FAU squad.
"Katie was a late addition to our 2013 recruiting class, but came in and did a tremendous job in the center of our midfield," Baker said. "She provided us with tremendous energy in the middle of the park and kept the game very simple. Katie also possessed a willingness to play both sides of the ball and got after opponents defensively, which was great to see. We look forward to continuing to improve her game throughout the spring and prepare her for an even better sophomore season."