November 2, 2018
The selection of junior forward Veronica Marques (Sao Paulo, Brazil) as Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Year highlighted a banner day for the Franklin Pierce University women’s soccer team, as the Ravens hauled in a bevy of awards. In addition to the Player of the Year accolade, Franklin Pierce also tallied NE10 Defensive Player of the Year honors for senior back Marta Turmo (Barcelona, Spain) and NE10 Coach of the Year honors for second-year head coach Jonathan Garbar. Furthermore, the Ravens garnered six All-Conference selections, including four on the First Team, and a pair of All-Rookie Team selections.
Marques and Turmo were joined on the All-NE10 First Team by senior midfielder Nathalia Maria da Silva (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and junior midfielder Gabi Pereira (Belo Horizonte, Brazil), while senior forward Bruna Tavares (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) and sophomore back Evaline Rodrigues (Rehoboth, Mass.) landed on the All-NE10 Second Team. Freshman goalkeeper Casey Kane (Millis, Mass.) and freshman midfielder Jessica Magerman (Bellingham, Mass.) were both named to the league’s All-Rookie Team.
Marques earned the ninth NE10 Player of the Year selection in program history, and became the first Raven to earn the award since Gabriela Demoner ’10 was honored for the second time for her career in 2009. Meanwhile, Turmo is the sixth NE10 Defensive Player of the Year in program annals, and the first since Rachel Smith ’10 earned back-to-back awards in 2008 and 2009. Garbar is the first coach of the Ravens to earn Coach of the Year honors from the NE10, and the first to earn Coach of the Year accolades at the conference level since Mark Krikorian was honored by the New England Collegiate Conference in 1995.
For da Silva, her second straight All-NE10 First Team selection makes her a four-time All-NE10 selection for her career. Turmo and Pereira both landed on the First Team for the second straight year as well, while Marques and Tavares each earned their first career All-NE10 selections. Rodrigues is a first-time All-NE10 pick as well, after landing on the All-Rookie Team a year ago.
Marques is currently tied for second in the NE10 with 32 points on the year, on 12 goals and eight assists. The 12 goals are good for third in the league, while the eight assists rank fourth in the NE10. Marques also ranks third in the NE10 in shot attempts (75) and shots on goal (39). She has scored a league-best eight game-winning goals.
Turmo serves as a captain on the back line of what has been the NE10’s strongest defensive unit. The Ravens have allowed only 13 goals in 16 games thus far, which is good for an NE10-leading 0.79 goals-against average. Turmo also pushes forward on corner kicks and set pieces for the Ravens, and has collected five points on two goals and an assist. She has attempted 13 shots, including six on goal.
In his second season in Rindge, Garbar has guided the Ravens to the team’s seventh NE10 regular-season title, which marked their first first-place finish since 2008. Franklin Pierce’s 11-1-2 mark in league play this season marked the first time the team posted 10 wins in its NE10 schedule since 2010 (10-4-1). Through two seasons, Garbar has guided the Ravens to a 20-4-4 mark in NE10 play (.786 winning percentage).
Joining Marques in the league’s top-five in scoring is da Silva, who is currently fourth in the NE10 with 25 points, on 11 goals and three assists. The 11 goals rank her fourth in the NE10 as well. She also sits fourth in the NE10 in shot attempts (71) and tied for fifth in shots on goal (34).
Pereira is fourth on the team in scoring, and one of five Ravens to reach double digits in points, with 13. She has scored four goals and added five assists. Pereira has tallied 38 shots on the year, including 14 shots on goal, and put home two game-winning goals.
Tavares has 16 points on the season thus far, which is good enough for third on the team. Her six assists rank second on the squad, behind Marques, while she has tallied five goals along the way as well, including two game-winnings. Tavares has attempted 37 shots, including 23 on goal.
Like Turmo, Rodrigues is an integral member of the NE10’s strongest defensive unit. Rodrigues has started all 16 games on the back line for the Ravens in 2018. She has also recorded two shot attempts, including one shot on goal.
Kane has logged 1288:19 in front of the Franklin Pierce goal this fall, which represents more than 85% of the team’s minutes in net. She has posted the NE10’s best goals-against average, at 0.63, by allowing only nine goals in 14 games. Kane has posted a .786 save percentage, as she has collected 33 saves on the season. She has put together a 10-1-2 record with seven shutouts.
Magerman has made 14 starts in the midfield in her freshman campaign. She has one goal and one assist on the season, for three total points, and has attempted 17 shots along the way (12 on goal).
The top-seeded Ravens (13-1-2) return to the field on Friday in the semifinal round of the NE10 Championship against fourth-seeded Saint Rose. Game time is set for 4 p.m. at Sodexo Field.
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