Women’s soccer team finishes season 16-4, Icen named SoCon player of the year

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Women’s soccer team finishes season 16-4, Icen named SoCon player of the year

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The women’s soccer season may be over, but this season was one for the record books.

The team made it to the SoCon semifinals for the first time since 2016 and won 16 games this season — a program record.

When the Bears faced Western Carolina on Nov. 3 in the first part of the SoCon tournament, junior Ally Fordman scored the winning goal in double overtime.

“Throughout this season, there have been numerous players that have a step up to get the job done during a crucial game,” Fordman said. “I was just happy that I was able to do that for my team.” 

Fordman had a total of 383 minutes this season with four total goals.

“It’s one of those things that you don’t want to take for granted,” Fordman said. “You know that you can’t let your teammates down. They work so hard for you and you know you need to go in and keep up the energy.”

For the success the Bears have had this year, practice in between games was crucial.

“Some days you are at the top of your game, and other days your touch isn’t as good,” Fordman said. “It’s all about coming back the next day stronger.”

With only 10 home and conference games in a season, making each game count has been a focus this year.

“When it’s game day, it’s a special occasion for us,” Fordman said. 

Coach Tony Economopoulos was named SoCon coach of the year after the 16-4 season. Economopoulos is one of two coaches to win such an award from Mercer’s program, according to Mercer Athletics.

Nicole Icen was also named SoCon player of the year. She is the first player to win honors since 1998, according to Mercer Athletics.

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