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Lemay, Burrell Earn Top Honors; Seven Lady Scots Recognized by USA South

Image graphic showing Rachel Lemay, Kailey BUrrell, Kyra Duble, Kendyll Freeman, Addy Cronan, Lizzy Hightower, and Megan Rasku

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Covenant women's soccer senior Rachel Lemay earned Goalkeeper of the Year and freshman Kailey Burrell earned Rookie of the Year to lead seven Lady Scots that garnered recognition from the USA South in its season awards.

Lemay was also a first team All-USA South selection and first team All-West Division, while Burrell earned second team All-West Division honors. Kyra Duble was named to the All-USA South first team and All-West Division first team, Addy Cronan and Kendyll Freeman were both named to the All-West Division first team, and Lizzy Hightower earned a spot on the All-West Division second team. Megan Rasku was Covenant's representative on the All-Sportsmanship team.

The top individual honors for Lemay and Burrell are the first the program has received since joining the USA South in 2013.

It is the third straight year that Lemay, a senior from Apopka, Fla., has earned both first team honors in all-conference and all-division, but her first Goalkeeper of the Year honor. The senior has played every second at the net for the Lady Scots this season and has tallied 119 saves, a save percentage of .844, with seven shutouts.  In conference action only, she posted a 0.50 goals against average and a .895 save percentage with 34 saves. Lemay had four matches with double-digit saves, including a career-high 20 against No. 5 Messiah.

Lemay currently leads the USA South in minutes (1679), second in save percentage, second in shutouts, and third in saves.

Burrell, a freshman from Trenton, Ga., currently leads all rookies in goals scored (8) and points (20) which each rank in the top-eight among all USA South performers. Burrell has also added four assists so far this fall and four game-winning goals. In USA South-only contests, she ranked third in both goals scored and points while her three game-winning scores put her tied for second-most. Burrell collected USA South Rookie of the Week accolades once this season (Oct. 15).

Duble, a sophomore from Lookout Mountain, Ga., picks up her first career All-USA South award as she earned a spot on both the all-conference and all-division first teams. The sophomore has scored six goals this season, third-most on the team, to go along with two assists. Duble collected her first career two-goal match with two scores at Wesleyan on Oct. 20. The six goals on the season are a career-high and her 14 total points is also a career-best for Duble.

Cronan, a junior from Knoxville, Tenn., is now a two-time All-USA South West Division first team honoree as she also earned the distinction last year. The junior leads Covenant offensively with 10 goals, four assists, and 24 total points. Her 10 goals ranks fifth in the USA South, while her 24 points is also fifth in the conference. Cronan has a pair of two-goal matches on the year and was named the USA South Player of the Week on Oct. 15 after collecting two goals and three assists during the week. Cronan has also logged three game-winning scores, including a golden goal in overtime against Huntingdon (Oct. 12).

Freeman, a sophomore from Albany, Ga., also picked up her second straight All-USA South West Division first team accolade. The sophomore has been a key to the Lady Scots' defense that has seven shutouts on the year and allowed just four goals to conference opponents this year. Freeman has played in 14 matches on the year, making 13 starts, all coming at the center back position.

Hightower, a junior from Huntsville, Ala., garners her first All-USA South selection with her second team All-West Division nod. The junior has tallied two goals and three assists on the year in 18 matches and 15 starts. Hightower's play in the midfield has also helped Covenant to those seven shutouts, while she scored a crucial goal late in the second half of Covenant's comeback, 2-1, overtime win over Huntingdon on Oct. 12.

Rasku, a sophomore from Swannanoa, N.C., was Covenant's representative on the All-Sportsmanship team. Raksu has appeared in all 18 matches, making 11 starts, and scored her first career goal in a win over Berea on Oct. 9.

Maryville's Bailey Sipos was named the conference's Player of the Year, while head coach Pepe Fernandez earned Coach of the Year honors.

Covenant (10-7-1) travels to face Salem in a USA South Tournament quarterfinal on Saturday. Kickoff in Winston-Salem, N.C., is set for 2 p.m.

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