Dec. 6, 2010
HOUSTON – Two University of Houston soccer student-athletes, senior Lauri Byrne and sophomore Katelyn Rhodes, were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America 2010 All-Central Region Team, as announced by the NSCAA Monday.
Byrne was named to the NSCAA All-Region Second Team as a forward after leading the Cougars in goals scored (8) and points (18). The Southlake, Texas, native was a First Team All-Conference USA selection and was part of the C-USA Championship All-Tournament Team. She capped her senior season tied for firth-place all-time in goals scored (14) and sixth in games started (68) in program history.
Rhodes, also a First Team All-C-USA member, was named to the NSCAA Third Team as a midfielder. The Lubbock, Texas, native was pivotal in the Houston midfield, helping create flow for the offense and providing defensive support. Houston’s goal differential (+23) was the 34th best in the nation out of 325 teams at the end of the regular season.
“I’m proud of the recognition for these two great players,” said head coach Susan Bush. “Both Lauri and KK (Katelyn) worked real hard and set a great example for our team this season. It’s great to see them rewarded for all their effort and great play.”
Byrne and Rhodes are the first Cougar soccer student-athletes to earn NSCAA All-Region honors since Sophia Mundy was selected to the third team in 2005.