Women's Soccer Lands Program-Record Four On 2016 All-Big South Conference Teams

Women's Soccer Lands Program-Record Four On 2016 All-Big South Conference Teams

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Gardner-Webb saw a record four student-athletes named to the 2016 All-Big South Conference Women's Soccer Team Friday morning.

The four selections were the most for GWU women's soccer – regardless of conference affiliation – since its move to NCAA Division I in 2000.

Senior forward Brandi Arey (Huntersville, N.C. / Hough HS) and senior defender Bri Nagle (Chesapeake, Va. / Western Branch HS) earned first-team honors, marking the first time as a Division I member that two GWU women had been chosen first-team All-Conference.

Midfielder Stina Kleppe (Skien, Norway / Dahlske Videregående Skole) earned second-team All-Big South honors and forward Eline Glamsland (Lillesand, Norway / Lillesand Ungdomskole) was named honorable mention All-Big South Conference.

Both Glamsland and Kleppe earned a spot on the league's All-Freshman Team.

Arey led Gardner-Webb offensively during the regular season, scoring 17 points with a balanced six goals and five assists. The veteran forward scored three game-winning goals and created countless opportunities for teammates with an aggressive style.

Arey led the Big South Conference in shots (78) and recorded her first career hat trick with three goals against South Carolina State on September 7.

She has 55 career points during four seasons at Gardner-Webb, scoring 21 goals and assisting on 13 others. Arey also has seven game winners in 67 career starts.

Arey, who carries a 3.77 cumulative GPA in Exercise Science, was also named to the Big South Conference All-Academic Team on Friday.

Nagle has been one of the Big South Conference's premier defenders since arriving at Gardner-Webb and was named All-Conference for the second season in a row. Nagle was a second-team All-Big South choice in 2015.

Nagle helped Gardner-Webb rank second in the league with seven regular season shutouts, including five in Big South Conference play. She totaled one assist in 2016 and led all GWU field players with 1,758 minutes in 19 regular season matches.

During her three seasons with the program, Gardner-Webb has recorded 15 shutouts – improving that number steadily in each of the past two seasons. Nagle has played in – and started – 57 matches so far during her time at GWU.

Kleppe proved early on in 2016 that she would be an impact player for GWU as a midfielder. She has played 1,570 minutes to date and remains a critical piece of Gardner-Webb's offensive rhythm. Kleppe has scored four points in her first 18 matches played (one goal, two assists) and has created numerous opportunities for her teammates.

Glamsland came on midway through the season and worked seamlessly with her running mates up top to help Gardner-Webb's offense click down the stretch. She has started all 19 matches heading into the postseason and finished the regular season tied for second on the team with 12 points (four goals, four assists).

Glamsland was at her best against Big South Conference opponents, scoring three of her goals in league play. She was named Big South Conference/Come Ready Nutrition Freshman of the Week twice late in the season.

The Runnin' Bulldogs (9-8-2, 6-3-0 Big South) open the Big South Conference tournament as the No. 4 seed Friday night, hosting No. 5 Longwood at 7 pm in Greene-Harbison Stadium.

Coach Mike Varga's team had its highest finish in the Big South standings since 2009, when GWU posted an identical 6-3-0 mark in league play to finish in second place.

Friday night's' quarterfinal matchup can be viewed live on The Big South Network (bigsouthsports.com), with Brendan Boylan and Tyler Helms providing the call.