According to a Monday release by the Southeastern Conference office in Birmingham, Ala., Tennessee Lady Vol midfielder/forward Chelsea Hatcher has been included among 15 selections to the league's annual Soccer Coaches Preseason All-SEC Team.
The 5-7 junior is coming off a 2009 campaign during which she scored three goals (tied for second on the UT squad), dished an assist and totaled seven points on a team-high 76 shots. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native tickled the twine during matches against Western Carolina (W, 2-1), Mississippi State (W, 3-0) and No. 11 Florida (T, 2-2, 2OT), while registering a helper on a score by Amy Harrison during a victory at Alabama (W, 2-0). Her goal versus MSU served as the match winner, while her tally against the Gators dead-locked the match at 1-1 in the 35th minute.
"Obviously, this is a tremendous honor for Chelsea, and we're really excited that she is representing Tennessee soccer on the preseason All-SEC squad," Lady Vol head coach Angela Kelly said. "It's a credit to Chelsea for the work she has put in during her first two years at UT. As a team we're looking forward to getting our season underway and competing against what will be a tough schedule in 2010."
The former 2008 Soccer Buzz Central Region All-Freshman and SEC All-Freshman selection has seen playing time in 38 total matches with 25 starts during her time on Rocky Top, while starting in 15 of 17 contests as a sophomore in 2009.
Hatcher and her teammates are prepping for an exhibition game on Saturday, in Louisville, Ky., against Louisville before christening the official campaign on Aug. 20, by hosting Western Kentucky at 7 p.m. at Regal Soccer Stadium.
Hatcher named soccer All SEC
Published: Tue Aug 10, 2010