Ayala, Lunsford Named To All-Tournament Team

DENTON, Texas (11-08-08) - Both senior midfielder Veronica Ayala and junior defender Kelli Lunsford were selected to the All-Tournament team of the Sun Belt Conference Saturday afternoon. The two players were key parts to the Mean Green's opening round 2-1 win over South Alabama.

Lunsford scored the game-winning goal on a penalty kick, her seventh goal of the season, to help push North Texas into the semi-finals. Ayala, who played her last game as a member of the Mean Green was a spark plug offensively, especially in the team's passing attack.

On the season Lunsford was second on the team with 18 points, which included the seven goals and four assists. She also had four game-winning goals. Ayala had 10 points and four goals, two of which were game-winners.

Despite falling 1-0 to Western Kentucky in the semi-finals, North Texas won 15 games for the fifth season in a row and still has a bright future with 18 of the 24 players returning from this year's roster.  

All-Tournament Team
Brittany Comer (Florida Atlantic, Sr., MF)
Laura Hyvonen (Florida Atlantic, So., F)
Kelli Lunsford (North Texas, Jr., D)
Veronica Ayala (North Texas, Sr., MF)
Kristin Cocchiarella (WKU, Sr., F)
Amanda Buechel (WKU, So., F)
Libby Stout (WKU, Fr., GK)
Taryn Hemmings (Denver, Sr., MF)
Mariah Johnston (Denver, Jr., F)
Kelli Breidenbach (Denver, Jr, MF)
Mackenzie Snyder (Denver, Jr., GK)
Jessie Rogers (Denver, So., D)

Most Outstanding Player
Taryn Hemmings (Denver, Sr., MF)



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