KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Senior Rianna Fasanello (E. Bridgewater, Mass.) of the Southern New Hampshire University women's soccer team was selected as a United Soccer Coaches All-America Second Team honoree Wednesday night. Fasanello was also joined on the United Soccer East All-Region Team by classmates Trisha Luis (Lowell, Mass.) and Paige Salmon (W. Hempstead, N.Y.).
Fasanello becomes the first Penmen All-American since current assistant coach Ariel Teixeira earned the honor in 2011. Fasanello, who was a United Soccer Coaches East All-Region First Team selection, adds to her list of accolades for this season, which include Northeast-10 Defensive Player of the Year, as well as Northeast-10 All-Conference First Team and Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) East All-Region First Team picks. Fasanello started all 23 matches and anchored a stingy Penmen back line that gave up a league-low 15 goals on the year and paced the conference in goals-against average (0.62). Fasanello, who was named the NE10 Defensive Player of the Week a conference-best three times this season, also registered two points on a goal – the first of her career that helped Southern New Hampshire edge Assumption College, 1-0, Oct. 17 and also earn her recognition on ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays with the No. 4 play of the night.
Luis, who joined Fasanello on the NE10 First Team and was a D2CCA All-Region Second Teamer, finds a spot on the United Soccer Coaches All-Region Second Team. The forward started 22 of the 23 matches she played in this season, leading the team in both goals (11) and points (27), while ranking second in assists (5). Luis, the Oct. 2 NE10 Player of the Week, also checked in third in the NE10 in both goals and points, while tying for the league lead with five game-winning tallies. Luis notched a point in 15 of 23 matches and scored a goal in 10 different contests. Arguably her biggest score of the season came against Assumption on Nov. 3 in the NE10 Championship semifinal when her 82nd-minute tally forged a 1-1 tie in a match the Penmen would eventually win in penalty kicks to punch their ticket to the NE10 final.
Salmon was chosen as an All-Region Third Teamer after also being selected to the NE10 Third Team. The Oct. 30 NE10 Goalkeeper of the Week, Salmon led the league in GAA (0.62), shutouts (12) and minutes played (2174:08), while tying for first in wins (15) and ranking fifth in save percentage (.826) and eighth in total saves (71). Salmon, who started all 23 matches and played every single second in net, placed second, nationally, in minutes played, and ranked inside the top 30 in the country in GAA.
The Penmen finished 15-3-5, overall, after going 9-1-4 in league play to earn the program's highest NE10 finish ever with the No. 2 seed. SNHU captured its second NE10 crown and first since 2012, garnering its fourth berth into the NCAA Tournament, where it won the first NCAA postseason match in program history in the first round. The 15 victories are the sixth most for the program and most since 1997.
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