FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The Capital Athletic Conference announced its All-CAC women's soccer teams on Thursday and Salisbury seniors Ruthie Lucas and Jamie Tacka, and sophomore Dana Gordon were named to the first team. Senior Hope Knussman and freshman Kayla Homeyer each earned second team honors.
The five student-athletes made up the core of a Sea Gulls team that finished the 2017 season with a 10-10-0 overall record and a 7-2-0 conference record. The strong conference play in the latter half of the season, which included seven shutout victories, helped Salisbury earn the third seed in the CAC tournament. The awards were the first All-CAC accolades for Gordon, Tacka, Knussman and Homeyer, and the second first-team nomination for Lucas, who made the team as a junior.
Gordon started 17 matches this season and was a catalyst in the middle of the field where she set up her teammates and helped initiate offensive attacks. The Phoenix, Arizona native led the Sea Gulls with four assists, which also tied her for fourth in the CAC.
Lucas started 16 matches for Salisbury in 2017 and led the team in goals and points. Her 11 goals and 25 points both rank fourth in the conference. Lucas showed plenty of poise as the team's leader up front, where she registered five game-winning goals and assisted on three others. Lucas finishes her career with 67 matches played, 23 goals, and 53 points.
Tacka started 19 matches in her senior season and was one of the defensive leaders of the team. Tacka was shifted from midfield to the backline midway through the season, and the change helped her team win seven shutout victories against conference opponents. A combination of athleticism and hustle helped Tacka to continuously beat her opponents off the ball and gain possession. She finishes her career with 63 matches played, two goals, and three assists.
Only a freshman, Homeyer quickly made her presence known to her coaches and teammates and began to receive more playing time as the season grew. She was an integral part of a defense that held conference opponents to only three goals in nine matches. The Kings Park, New York native played in 18 matches and started 16 of them, while also scoring a goal against The Catholic University of America on September 16.
Knussman started 19 of Salisbury's 20 matches this season and was the leader of the defensive unit. Seven of Knussman's nine victories were earned by way of shutout, and she managed to hold CAC opponents to a low 0.33 goals against average. As a result of her consistency in net, Knussman was a three-time Defensive Player of the Week recipient in 2017. She finishes her career with the Sea Gulls having played in 44 matches with 40 starts, 20 wins, and 14 shutout wins.
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