USC Upstate junior midfielder Haley Gethin was named to the All-Atlantic Sun second team in a vote conducted by the league head coaches, it was announced by the conference office Thursday afternoon.
Gethin becomes the first Spartan since Sarah Plantz in 2012 to be named all-conference. Plantz was tabbed as the Goalkeeper of the Year and earned a spot on the all-conference first team after finishing that season ninth in the country in saves.
Gethin started all 17 games for the Spartans in 2014 and logged 1456 out of a possible 1574 minutes while playing every minute in a total of 10 games. She finished the season with two points after scoring her lone goal of the season in the 73rd minute Oct. 12 at Jacksonville to force overtime with the Dolphins.
“I am just so thankful to be playing soccer at USC Upstate because it is such a huge opportunity to continue doing something that makes me happy,” Gethin said. “I am also so thankful for my teammates because I wouldn’t have been nearly as successful without them. I’ve already started thinking about next year and am very excited because I have faith we can do big things next fall.”
On defense, Gethin proved to be one of the anchors of a Spartan defense that made tremendous improvements from a season ago. In fact, Upstate allowed 14 fewer goals and 108 fewer shots than it did in 2013.
“I am so excited for Haley because she has put in a lot of time and effort to improve her game,” USC Upstate head coach Abby Minihan said. “She moved to central midfield this year, which is probably the best position for her to showcase her skills. She is also one of the most consistent performers on the team because she makes a consistent impact.
“What makes her a great player is not only her understanding of the game, but her work ethic and sacrifice on both sides of the ball,” Minihan continued. “I am so glad the conference coaches saw that too. I couldn’t be happier for her because she deserves this honor.”