Friday, November 30, 2018

Bloomsburg University - Barber, Naudascher Named United Soccer Coaches Division II All-Americans

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Senior midfielder Allie Barber (Pittston Township, Pa./Pittston Area) and junior defender Tayah Naudascher (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan) of the Bloomsburg University women's soccer team have been named NCAA Division II All-Americans by the United Soccer Coaches as announced by the organization recently. Barber earned Second Team All-American status while Naudascher nabbed a spot on the Third Team.

The duo are the program's first All-Americans since 2010 when Katie Walczuk earned Second Team All-American honors from Daktronics (now the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA)).

Barber earned the first All-American honor of her collegiate career with her spot on the Second Team after already being named First Team All-Region by both the United Soccer Coaches and the D2CCA while garnering a spot on the All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) First Team this year. She also earned a spot on the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-District® First Team and is eligible for Academic All-American® honors which is scheduled to be announced in early December.

Barber finished second on the team in scoring with six goals and four assists for 16 points - just two points shy of her career-high of 18 points she scored as a freshman. Four of her six goals were game-winning goals which marked a new career best. She scored a pair of goals during the Huskies' 4-1 win over Slippery Rock in the PSAC Quarterfinals on Tuesday, October 30 - her second career multiple-goal game and her first since scoring three times in a 5-2 win over Seton Hill on September 19, 2015. She closed out her career with starts in the last 59 matches and, all told, did not miss a match in four seasons with the Huskies. Barber finished her brilliant career with 19 goals and 20 assists for 58 points with eight of her 19 goals being game-winners. Her 20 assists is tied for fourth on the school's all-time list with Patricia Cobane (1992-95).

Naudascher also became a first-time All-American by landing a spot on the Third Team. Like Barber, she has also been awarded First Team All-Region status by the United Soccer Coaches and the D2CCA as well as First Team All-PSAC accolades this postseason.

Naudascher anchored a defensive unit that allowed only 12 goals on the season - tied for 12th fewest in the country. Bloomsburg's goals against average of 0.51 is ninth in all of Division II and the Huskies recorded 15 shutouts on the season - a new school-record and sixth among all Division II teams in shutout percentage (.652). The Huskies allowed only 77 shots on goal all year (3.35 per game) - fewest in the PSAC - and conceded only 157 (6.83 per game) shots attempts all season long. Naudascher started all 23 matches this season for the Huskies and has appeared in all 59 matches in her collegiate career (55 starts).

The Huskies, picked to finish eighth in the PSAC according to the preseason coaches poll, won four of their first six matches before rattling off a 16-match unbeaten streak (13-0-3) prior to their NCAA quarterfinal loss to the University of Bridgeport on November 18. Bloomsburg won the PSAC Championship with a 2-1 overtime victory over East Stroudsburg on November 4 - the program's fourth conference title but first since 2002. The Huskies were then awarded the top seed in the Atlantic Region - the program's first trip to the NCAA tournament since 2010 and eighth overall - and went on to win the regional title with a 2-1 win over West Virginia Wesleyan on November 16 which sent them to the NCAA quarterfinal round for the third time in school history and first since 2000. Bloomsburg's 17 victories were one shy of the school record of 18 set during the 1996 season.

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