Soccer: Thorngren Earns Preseason All-Sun Belt Selection

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*Troy media relations*

TROY, Ala. – Just three days away from Troy’s season opener, senior forward Cecilia Thorngren has been selected to the 2013 Preseason All-Sun Belt Team, the conference office announced on Tuesday.

Thorngren’s selection marks the first time a Trojan has been named to the Preseason All-Sun Belt Team since Troy joined the league in 2005.

“This honor is well-deserved,” Troy head coach Chris Bentley said about Thorngren’s selection. “Cecilia has worked hard to develop her play on the field and it shows.”

In 2012, Thorngren tied for first in the conference with nine assists, setting a new single-season record. During her junior year, Thorngren also led Troy with three game-winning goals and finished second on the team with 14 shots on goal, 17 points and 30 shots.

Troy was also picked to finish sixth in the Sun Belt by the league’s coaches. In 2012, the Trojans finished 9-10-2, but return eight starters from last year’s squad that made its fourth straight appearance in the Sun Belt Conference Championships.

On Friday, Troy travels to Alabama State to open the regular season with kickoff set for 7 p.m. in Montgomery. The Trojans wrap up the first weekend of play at Stetson on Sunday at noon. Troy opens its home slate by hosting the 2013 Trojan Classic on Friday, Aug. 30 through Sunday, Sept. 1.

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SBC Preseason All-Conference Team
Loren Mitchell (Arkansas State, Sophomore, Forward)
Cecilia Thorngren (Troy, Senior, Forward)
Lauren Moats (Western Kentucky, Sophomore, Forward)
Christina Fink (Arkansas State, Junior, Midfielder)
Karlea Fehr (ULM, Sophomore, Midfielder)
Clarissa Hernandez (South Alabama, Senior, Midfielder)
Chrissy Tchoula (Western Kentucky, Senior, Midfielder)
Grace Howell-Harries (Louisiana-Lafayette, Junior, Defender)
Jess Oram (South Alabama, Senior, Defender)
Torrie Lange (Western Kentucky, Senior, Defender)
Stephanie Lindsey (Western Kentucky, Senior, Defender)
Nikki Hall (Western Kentucky, Sophomore, Goalkeeper)

SBC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
Chrissy Tchoula (Western Kentucky, Senior, Midfielder)

SBC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
Torrie Lange (Western Kentucky, Senior, Defender)

Sun Belt Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. WKU (8) - 80
2. Arkansas State - 55
3. Georgia State - 54
3. Texas State - 54
5. South Alabama (1) - 47
6. Troy - 46
7. Louisiana-Lafayette - 29
8. UALR - 23
9. ULM - 17

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