Georgia soccer players Torri Allen and Marion Crowder have been honored by the Southeastern Conference for their play during the 2013 regular season, the league office announced Monday prior to the start of the SEC Championships.
The senior defender Allen landed on the All-SEC second team for the second straight season, while the rookie forward Crowder brings in the first yearly award of her career as she was named to the All-Freshman Team.
Allen now has three All-SEC honors to her name after back-to-back second team nods and an All-Freshman award in 2010. The Stafford, Va., native has started all 19 games for Georgia, anchoring a back line that has allowed only 0.93 goals per game in 2013 while stringing together the second-longest shutout streak in school history at 652 minutes earlier this season. She has also helped the Bulldogs to 11 shutouts on the season, just one off the school record in that category. Allen has also recorded three assists.
Crowder made an immediate impact as a freshman for Georgia, starting 18 of 19 games. She leads the squad with 11 goals and one assist for a team-best 23 points. The Madison, Miss., native is just one score away from matching All-American Carrie Patterson’s school record for goals by a freshman set in 2006, while her seven game-winning goals rank second-most all-time. Her performance against the College of Charleston earlier this season marked only the second time in school history a UGA player scored four goals in a game and the first since 2003, the first time ever by a Georgia freshman.
Allen, Crowder and the Bulldogs will open SEC tournament play on Wednesday, taking on third-seeded South Carolina in the quarterfinals at 3:30 p.m. in Orange Beach, Ala.