SPARTANBURG, N.C. – UNCG freshman Jamie Simmons (Houston, Texas/Clear Brook) has been named the Southern Conference women's soccer Player of the Month, the league office announced Tuesday.
Simmons posted six consecutive shutouts against league opponents in October, helping the Spartans to a 6-1-1 mark that included a 6-0-1 record in SoCon play as the Spartans won the regular-season title. She also posted a miniscule 0.24 goals against average in the month, allowing just two goals in 740 minutes of action. She turned in 36 saves in October, a season-high 15 of which came in a 1-1 draw with Furman on Oct. 5.
The Houston, Texas, native then rattled off shutout wins over Wofford, Davidson, Georgia Southern, Samford, Chattanooga and Elon, with the first four in that run coming by 1-0 scores. Simmons had four stops in the win over Samford as the Spartans snapped the Bulldogs' 22-match unbeaten streak against league opponents and overtook them for the top spot in the SoCon.
Simmons earned second team All-SoCon honors after leading the Spartans to a first place finish and the SoCon regular season title. She also was a two-time SoCon Player of the Week selection (Aug. 21, Oct. 9).
Other nominees: Julia Holz (Appalachian State), McCallie Jones (College of Charleston), Mariana Garcia (The Citadel), Stephanie Piperno (Davidson), Kate Murphy (Elon), Stephanie DeVita (Furman), Alex Murphy (Georgia Southern), Melissa Montgomery (Samford) and Maggie Bosley (Wofford).