Several 'Belles receive recognition despite season end

Soccer: Seniors Debacker, Schaffer finish tied for most games played

By Jason Helms
On November 10, 2011

The ‘Belles' season came to an end last Thursday at the Lone Star Conference Championship Tournament after a 4-3 penalty kick shootout loss to Texas A&M – Commerce.

The teams ended regulation time with a 1-1 draw which forced the game into overtime where neither team could find the back of the net.

Senior forward Brandie DeBacker struck first for the ‘Belles (6-9-4, 5-6-3 LSC) with her 39th minute header off an assist from sophomore Katie Squires.

However, the Lions (8-9-3, 6-6-2 LSC) got the equalizer shortly after the start of the second half to and despite being outshot 16-11 by the ‘Belles, they hung on to decide the game with penalty kicks.

Head coach Travis McCorkle said the match was a lot like the season, which had its ups and downs.

"I was a little disappointed with how we came out in the second half, but that was probably the only negative I took from the game," McCorkle said.

The Lions went on to lose their next match against the No. 1 seed Abilene Christian (18-1-1, 13-0-1 LSC), who lost in the championship to No. 2 seed Midwestern State.

Both, Abilene Christian and Midwestern State (13-5-2, 9-4-1 LSC) advanced to NCAA Division II Championship tournament, as the ACU awaits the winner between MSU and St. Edwards.

Debacker's goal was her ninth of the season and 34th of her career, which put her in second for all-time goals scored for the program.

She was also the only player from the school to be named to the all-tournament team following its conclusion.

Debacker, junior Lauren Carnes and sophomore Jordan Benfield were all three selected to be second-team members of the District 6 Capital One Academic All-District women's team.

The match was the last for DeBacker and fellow senior Megan Schaffer, who each played in 79 games for the ‘Belles.

The two join Christy Knaub (2005-08) and Amber Korb (2005-08) for most matches played with the program.

Prior to the tournament, several ‘Belles were also honored at the year's banquet held in Abilene.

Debacker was selected to first-team all-conference, as Carnes and sophomores Maggie Schaffer and Jordan Benfield were selected second-team all-conference.

Junior midfielder Hanna Horeis received honorable mention while Carnes, Megan Schaffer and Debacker received all-academic awards.

Despite the recognition, both Carnes and her coach said that they were somewhat disappointed by the team's finish this season.

"This season was a little frustrating to me because we had all the talent in the world, but we didn't get as many wins as I thought we should have," Carnes said.

Carnes, who will be a senior next year, said although next season will be her last, she is looking forward to it.

"I think we have great potential and I trust that we are going to add to it with some good recruits," she said.

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