By Sports Information – For the Cal Times
Junior Carley Work (Hopewell, Pa./Hopewell) was selected the Daktronics Atlantic Regional Player of the Year and was one of seven players from the No. 2 California University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer team to receive all-region honors on Tuesday.
The Vulcans have featured the Atlantic Region Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons, as Bethany Smyda earned the honor as a freshman in 2010. Cal U also has posted the most players on the all-region team in each of the last two seasons.
In addition to Work, senior forward Breeanna Robinson (East Hampstead, N.H./Pinkerton Academy), freshman midfielder Erin Hogan (Beaver, Pa./Beaver), senior goalkeeper Paula Jackson (Kingston, Jamaica/Wolmer’s Trust) and senior defenders Kayla Klimasko (Mississauga, Ontario/Woodlands Secondary) and Kristen Orrett (Pickering, Ontario/Pickering) earned first-team all-region honors from Daktronics. Junior defender Kayla Fransko (Monongahela, Pa./Ringgold) also received second-team laurels on Tuesday.
Work has tied the single-season school record and ranks second in NCAA Division II with 19 goals this year. The 5-5 junior, who was named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Athlete of the Year last week, has also tied the single-season school mark and ranks fourth in the nation with 44 points.
Robinson also is among the national leaders in several offensive categories in her year with the program. She is second in the league and third in the country with 18 goals, while her 42 points are the seventh-most in the nation. Robinson leads the PSAC and is second in NCAA Division II with seven game-winning goals this year.
As only a freshman, Hogan is tied for the lead league and ranks 13th in the country with 11 assists. She also ranks fourth on the team with 15 points after scoring two goals this year.
The trio of Fransko, Klimasko and Orrett help anchor one of the premier defensive units in NCAA Division II. Through 21 games, the Vulcans have allowed only nine goals which ranks as the sixth-fewest total in the country. Orrett earned all-region honors from Daktronics for a second-straight year after tallying seven goals and 15 points, both eclipse her previous career totals. A Daktronics All-American in 2010, Klimasko has started all 21 games and posted one goal and one assist this year. Fransko is tied four fourth on the team with six assists and has also posted two goals this season.
A three-year starter, Jackson leads the PSAC and is sixth in the country with a 0.453 goals-against average. She also is among the national leaders with an .864 save percentage and has registered eight shutouts this year.
The six players that received first-team honors are now eligible for Daktronics All-America honors, while Work is on the ballot for National Player of the Year