PHILADELPHIA - The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) has announced its all-region teams for the 2010 season, and a pair of Penn players were honored with spots on the Mid-Atlantic Region squads. Senior defender Kaitlin Campbell was voted to the second team, while senior midfielder Sarah Friedman was a third-team honoree.
Campbell anchored a defense that posted nine shutouts in 2010, the most by a Penn team since 2001. Campbell also scored the only goal in the Quakers' 1-0 win at Cal State Northridge. She was a first-team All-Ivy selection. Campbell is the first Penn player to earn second-team All-Region or better since Robin Watson was a second-team selection in 2005.
Friedman will graduate as Penn's all-time leader in assists, with 30. The Ivy League's only unanimous first-team selection this year, she led Penn and the Ivies with eight assists and also scored twice for 12 points which tied her for the team lead. Friedman was a four-time All-Ivy player at Penn, including first-team honors in 2008 -- when she set the school record for assists in a season with 15 -- and 2010.
Campbell and Friedman were two catalysts for Penn's Ivy League championship squad in 2010; the Quakers went 4-1-2 in league play to gain the title and earn the conference's NCAA Championship automatic bid. Overall, Penn went 9-7-2, losing to Big Ten champion Penn State 1-0 in the NCAA first round.
A total of seven Ivy League athletes were named to the All-Mid-Atlantic squads, led by Ivy League Player of the Year Katherine Sheeleigh (Harvard) who was the only Ivy to receive first-team honors.