DENTON (11/4/03) -- For the second consecutive year North Texas senior forward Marilyn Marin has been named the Sun Belt Conference Soccer Player of the Year. Marin (pictured, left), who is fourth in the nation in points with 49 and tied for fifth in the country with 19 goals, was also named first-team all-conference for the fourth straight year.
Junior midfielder Melinda Pina (right, top) was also named to the first-team all-conference squad for a second straight year. Pina has scored a career-high 19 goals along with 43 points. Pina also leads the team with six game-winning goals.
The Mean Green also placed on two defenders on the second-team all-conference as senior Angela Carter (right, bottom) and junior Krista Georgas (left, bottom) were named to the team for the first time in their careers. Carter and Georgas have been key defenders for North Texas this season as the Mean Green notched seven shutouts, the fourth most in school history.
Marin is the only player in Sun Belt Conference history to be named to the first team four straight seasons and second player to named Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons. For her career Marin now sits at 203 career points, 14th most in NCAA history along with 84 career goals that has her 10th overall in NCAA history.
2003 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE WOMEN’S SOCCER TEAM
1st TEAM 2nd TEAM
F -- Lleane Grimditch, Fr., Denver F -- Jenni Harris, Sr., Denver
F -- Marilyn Marin, Sr., North Texas F -- Laura Miguez, Jr., MT
F -- Melinda Pina, Sr., North Texas F Rebecca Rodriguez, Fr., MT
MF -- Melissa Behrent, Sr., Denver MF Charissa Gingerich, Jr., FIU
MF -- Emily Carter, Sr., MT MF Rebecca Kahn, So., USA
MF -- Laura Mann, Fr., Denver MF Claire Ward, So., MT
MF Andrea Doogs, Jr., Western Ky.
D -- Maggie Kirchhoff, Sr., Denver D Angela Carter, Sr., North Texas
D -- Jessica Northcutt, Jr., MT D Jenny Dalby, So., Western Ky.
D -- Jamie Norwood, Sr., Denver D Megan Meade, Jr., FIU
D Krista Georgas, Jr., North Texas
GK -- Amber Angermeier, Jr., USA GK Marsha Stewart, So., UALR
PLAYER OF THE YEAR -- Marilyn Marin, North Texas
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR -- Lleane Grimditch, Denver
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR -- Claire Ward, Middle Tennessee
COACH OF THE YEAR -- Aston Rhoden, Middle Tennessee