Jones receives Coach of the Year honors
November 21, 2005
By Kemmler Chapple, Southeastern Louisiana Sports Information
Written for the LSWA
HAMMOND – The LSU women’s soccer team placed a state-high three players on the 2005 LSWA Women’s Soccer All-Louisiana Team, which was announced on Saturday.The Lady Tigers were one of four state schools with multiple players on the first team. Northwestern State, Southern and LSU-Shreveport placed two each on the 11-person first team.
LSU was led in voting by freshman midfielder Melissa Clarke, who was selected as the state’s Player of the Year. Louisiana Tech’s Emily Cleaveland earned Freshman of the Year honors, while LSU-Shreveport’s Jed Jones was tabbed as the Louisiana Coach of the Year.
Clarke and Cleaveland were the top two vote getters on the first team. Clarke was joined by teammates Kate Ripple and Caroline Vanderpool. Northwestern State, the 2005 Southland Conference Tournament Champions, were represented by Julie Zavala and 2005 SLC Player of the Year Heather Penico. Shaderia Evans and Katrina Blackwell were selected from LSU-Shreveport, while Merdlyn Matthews and Kendall Smith
were the Southern selections. Centenary goalkeeper Ali Hilsher rounded out the first team.
Clarke, a native of Norcross, Ga., earned Second-Team All-SEC and SEC
All-Freshman Team honors for her play this season. She finished the season with one goal and four assists for a total of six points. Her game-winning goal in LSU's 4-3 win over Arkansas on Oct. 28 put the Tigers in the SEC Tournament for the first time since 2002. Clarke also recorded an assist against the Lady Razorbacks and was named SEC Freshman of the Week for her performance. She led the team with 37 shots on the season,
including 10 shots on goal, and earned her first varsity letter.
Cleaveland, a forward from The Woodlands, Texas, was 16th in the nation in total points per game (2.3) and helped get Tech to third place in scoring (4.2 goals per game) as of the week of Oct. 3. Even with the Techsters’ lack of success in conference, their offensive output in the first half of the season kept them as the top scoring offense in the WAC (2.47), and Cleaveland was the foundation for Louisiana Tech’s high-powered
She recorded the Lady Techsters' first hat trick since the team's inception
last year against Nicholls State on Oct. 2. Cleaveland finished with nine goals and five assists after starting all 17 matches.
Jones was named the state’s top coach in his first year at LSUS and the
inaugural season for women's soccer at LSUS. Jones took his Lady Pilots to the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Championship Game and also led them to their first appearance in the NAIA Region XIII Tournament, before bowing out by a final score of 2-1 versus the University of
Mobile. The Lady Pilots finished the season 12-6 which included a nine-match win streak and two wins versus NCAA opponents Texas Southern and Southeastern Louisiana. Jones' squad was led by a tribe of underclassmen and graduated only one senior.
10 players received honorable mention recognition. The team was selected by state sports information contacts for women’s soccer.
2005 LSWA Women’s Soccer All-Louisiana Team
Name, School, Class, Position, Hometown
Melissa Clarke, LSU, Fr., MF, Norcross, Ga.
Emily Cleaveland, Louisiana Tech, Fr., F, The Woodlands, Texas
Julie Zavala, Northwestern State, Jr., F, Chicago, Ill.
Kate Ripple, LSU, Sr., F, Baton Rouge
Heather Penico, Northwestern State, Sr., MF, River Ridge
Shaderia Evans, LSU-Shreveport, Fr., D, Midland, Texas
Merdlyn Matthews, Southern, Fr., F, Winston Salem, N.C.
Caroline Vanderpool, LSU, So., MF, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec, Canada
Kendall Smith, Southern, Fr., MF, West Chapel, Fla.
Katrina Blackwell, LSU-Shreveport, Fr., F, Harker Heights, Texas
Ali Hilsher, Centenary, So., GK, Tulsa, Okla.
Almarie Soto-Ortiz, Southern; Charmaine Jones, Southern; Ja'Nae Powell,
State; Ashley Hadley, Northwestern State; Erin Hebert, Northwestern State;
Williamson, LSU-Shreveport; Lindsey Webb, Louisiana-Lafayette; Tara Powasnik,
Northwestern State; Jamika Pugh, Southern; Savannah Russo, Louisiana Tech
Player of the Year: Melissa Clarke, LSU
Freshman of the Year: Emily Cleaveland, Louisiana Tech
Coach of the Year: Jed Jones, LSU-Shreveport