WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Senior midfielder Aly Clarke (Mystic) – the team’s leading scorer for the second straight season -- has repeated first-team honors and is among five members of the Eastern Connecticut State University women’s soccer team voted to the 2018 Little East Conference all-conference team, released today.
Moving up to the first team after being named to the second team last year were senior defender Hannah Goodale (Coventry) and junior midfielder Linnea Reich (Middletown). Senior goalkeeper Kayla Labrecque (Westhampton, MA) was named to the second team for the second straight season and senior forward Anna Manser (Manchester) rounded out the team’s all-conference selections as a second-team selection in her first season on the team.
The four major LEC award-winners and all-conference teams were voted upon by the LEC’s nine head coaches. First and second team all-conference were comprised of four defenders and four midfielders and three forwards. One goalkeeper was named to the first team and two to the second team.
A two-year starter and three-year member of the program, Clarke was one of two Eastern players to start all 18 matches. She led Eastern with 11 goals and 24 points and led all players with 1,444 minutes (80.2 mpg.), with four of her goals proving to be game-winners. In LEC regular-season play, Clarke leads all conference players with nine goals and 20 points– five more goals and ten more points than the player voted as the conference’s Offensive Player-of-the-Year. Clarke also had the game-winning goal in three of Eastern’s six LEC regular-season victories. She was named LEC Offensive Player-of-the-Week Sept. 24 when she contributed to three of Eastern’s four goals with two goals and an assist that extended Eastern’s LEC regular-season unbeaten streak to 27 (25-0-2) in a Sept. 22 in a 4-1 home win over UMass Dartmouth. Clarke scored 21 goals and 47 points in 53 matches at Eastern.
A four-year starter at midfield and defense, Goodale averaged 79.6 minutes per match in starting all 17 matches in which she appeared. With Goodale, Eastern’s defense ranks second (by one) in the conference in least goals allowed overall and tied for third in least goals allowed in eight LEC regular-season matches. As a team, Eastern posted nine shutouts overall. In addition to her defense, Goodale contributed two goals and shared the team lead with four assists. Her first goal of the year came early in the second half and was the only goal of the match at home against Western New England University Oct. 17. She was named LEC Defensive Player-of-the-Week twice during the season. In her career, Goodale appeared in 74 matches with 71 starts and had three goals and eight assists. Her career assist total was second among active players.
Reich repeated all-conference honors despite missing four matches in mid-September with an injury. She started 13 of the 14 matches in which she appeared, scoring a goal with two assists and averaging 80.7 minutes per match. Both of her assists came in a 4-0 LEC home win over the University of Southern Maine. A three-year member of the program and two-year starter, Reich has a goal and three assists in 43 matches.
A three-year starter and four-year member of the program, Labrecque has led Eastern’s defense to a current rank of second (by one) in the conference in least goals allowed overall and tied for third in least goals allowed in eight LEC regular-season matches. As a team, Eastern posted nine shutouts overall. Labrecque started eight matches which ended in shutout, posting full match shutouts against Plymouth State University, Southern Maine, and Rhode Island College in overtime. Among LEC keepers in overall matches, she ranks fourth in least goals allowed and second in shared shutouts. Her six wins in conference regular-season matches led all LEC goalies. On the season, she started all 16 matches in which she appeared with a 6-6-0 record, 1.39 goals-against average and .790 save percentage in 1,098 minutes. She concluded her career ranked third all-time at Eastern in starts (49), fourth in minutes (4,151), and in a tie for fourth in wins (25) and appearances (56).
Manser overcame injuries – missing the entire 2016 season and the first three matches of this year – to cap her three-year Eastern career with all-conference honors in her first season as a fulltime starter. A four-year college player (she played at the University of Mary Washington as a freshman), Manser started a career-high 14 of the 15 matches in which she appeared and was second to Clarke with five goals and third on the team with 11 points. Three of her goals proved to be game-winners, two coming in LEC regular-season play in home wins over UMass Dartmouth (4-1) and Plymouth State (1-0). In her career, Manser totaled nine goals and 21 points, appearing in 48 matches with 25 starts.
In 2018, Eastern won 11 and lost 7 overall and shared the conference regular-season title for the second straight year with a 6-2-0 LEC record and winning the regular-season title outright in 2015 and 2016. The Warriors were eliminated in the semifinals of the LEC playoffs.
Pictured from top to bottom: Clarke, Goodale, Labrecque, Manser, Reich