After scoring 13 goals in the regular season and two more in the quarterfinals of the Southern Conference Tournament, Elon University's Nicole Dennion was named the women's soccer SoCon Player of the Year by the league offices Tuesday, Nov. 5.
The sophomore leads the Southern Conference in goals this season with 15, leading Furman sophomore Stephanie DeVita by one goal. The two are tied for the conference lead in points.
This season, Dennion has four game-winning goals and three multi-goal games. The latest of which came in the quarterfinals against Davidson College when she scored twice in the final minutes to give Elon the 3-1 victory.
Her 15 goals are the most goals in a single season by an Elon player since the Phoenix entered Div. I play. Overall, her mark is tied for eighth all-time in program history.
A season ago, Dennion battled mono at the start of the season and never could get in a rhythm. She played in 15 games last year, making 11 starts. As a freshman, she scored once and had one assist.
"(Dennion) got mono very early on last year and she never really got a chance to get out of the gates," said Elon head coach Chris Neal. "She came back after a four or five week layoff and the fitness just wasn't quite there. She was having dizziness symptoms when she went in the game. So she never really became the player we recruited last year. This year, she got of to a real fast start and she looked like the player we expected her to be. She's really fit and she's fighting hard and scoring goals, which is what we expected from her."
LAST TIME OUT: Dennion saves Elon against Davidson
The Phoenix take on the Wofford College Terriers Friday, Nov. 8, in Spartanburg, S.C. in the semifinals of the SoCon Tournament. The Phoenix were bounced from the 2012 Tournament in the semifinals by eventual champion Georgia Southern University. Elon has been to the semifinals of the SoCon Tournament three of the last four years, but have failed to make the finals.
Kick between the two is set for 7:30 p.m. following the first semifinal between No. 1 Furman and No. 4 Samford University.