Cats Receive Honors From Soccer Buzz
Dec. 17, 1999
LEXINGTON, Kty. -- Senior sweeper Allison Peppers and freshman forward Keri Boyce were honored by Soccer Buzz on Friday. Peppers was named third-team All-American and Boyce received honorable mention honors. Boyce was also named first-team Freshman All-American by Soccer Buzz.
UK coach Warren Lipka was named the 1999 Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year by Soccer Buzz, while Peppers was named the Great Lakes Region Defensive Player of the Year. The Cats finished with the best record in school history at 16-3-2 and ranked 16th in the top 25.
Annie Gage and Boyce, along with Peppers, were named to Soccer Buzz's Great Lakes All-Region first team. Midfielder Jen Reese was a second-team selection. The Cats' three first-team selections tied national runner-up Notre Dame for the most players on the first team.
Peppers, who was named second-team All-American by the NSCAA last week, is a two-time All-Southeastern Conference performer and was the backbone of UK's defense that allowed just 22 goals this season. The West Chester, Ohio native was a four-year starter for the Cats and is second all-time in school history for games started. Peppers was named honorable mention All-American by College Soccer Online on Wednesday.
Gage, a native of Westerville, Ohio, broke single-season records for goals (15), points (39), and shots (71). The sophomore forward was a first-team All-SEC selection after redshirting the 1998 season due to a torn ACL.
Boyce, was one of three freshmen named to the first-team, and was named
the 1999 SEC Freshman of the Year. The Birdsboro, Pa., native was a
second-team All-SEC pick and was named the National Player of the Week by
Soccer Times (Oct. 25-31).