Catamounts place four on All-Region Team

Kirsten Rayner Rebekah Messenger Abby Lantz Katrina Ziebarth
Kirsten Rayner Rebekah Messenger Abby Lantz Katrina Ziebarth

The Potomac State Women’s 2013 Soccer team placed four women on the NJCAA All-Region XX Team. Head coach Mark Sprouse said, “Last year we were undefeated and had six, so I’m happy that we had four ladies earn a spot as it was a very competitive field this year.”

Earning a spot on the first team was former Northern Garrett standout, Kirsten Rayner. Rayner, the Lady Cats leading scorer, had 12 goals and 3 assists in 13 games. “Kirsten had a great freshman year and I think made the transition well to college soccer. She has it all, speed, power and brains.  I look for her to challenge the all-time scoring record next season.

Rebekah Messenger a sophomore, two year starter, and captain for the Lady Cats also placed on the All-region squad. Messenger, a former Frankfort High School star, was on the All-Region XX Tournament team last year as a freshman. “Rebekah was our sweeper for two years and the way we run our formation that is the pivotal spot.  She has been one of the best at that position in the twelve years I’ve coached at PSC and that is the ultimate compliment. Especially when you think of players like Chynna Kiser, Jennifer Worley and Kelsey Wilson,” commented Coach Sprouse.

Nailing a spot on the All-Region second team was Abby Lantz, a former Buckhannon-Upshur standout. Lantz also a forward had 8 goals and two assist for the Catamounts.  “Abby just seemed to get better and better as the year went on. She has the most accurate shot on the team and was the first ever freshman captain for the women’s team. With her and Kirsten leading the offense, I’m optimistic about next year,” added Coach Sprouse.

Also having the honor of All Region second team was international student, Katrina Ziebarth. “Kat” as she is known to her teammates hails from Brisbane, Australia. Ziebarth shared goalkeeping duties with Alana Nappi, but also was a force out on the field when not in goal. “Kat was a national leader in almost all goalkeeping stats, including being third in the nation in goals against average.” He added, “We had a good season and I’m proud of these four, but the whole team was always competitive.” The 2013 Lady Cats finished at 7-6.