Keating, Heintz Named to SEC All-Tournament Team
OXFORD, Miss. — LSU soccer players Mandy Heintz and Stephanie Keating were officially named to the 2002 Southeastern Conference Tournament team on Monday after turning in outstanding performances at the prestigious three-day event held in Oxford, Miss.
“This is quite an honor for both Mandy and Steph,” said LSU head coach George Fotopoulos. “The All-Tournament team is voted on by the coaches and it shows how much respect that our players have gained in this league. Both Mandy and Steph played very well this past weekend and they’ve done a great job for us all season long.”
Heintz and Keating, who each garnered Second Team All-SEC honors on Wednesday, became the first LSU soccer players to earn SEC All-Tournament accolades. The pair helped lead LSU to its first postseason victory in school history on Thursday as the Tigers upended top-seeded Auburn, 1-0.
In the victory, Heintz notched her ninth game-winning goal of the season and recorded her SEC-leading 24th goal of the year. Keating, the Tigers’ explosive junior from Vero Beach, Fla., used both her speed and quickness against Auburn and Florida to stretch the defense and accumulate eight total shots on the weekend.
“I’m just glad that some of our players were recognized for their ability in this league,” Fotopoulos said. “This is the first time that we’ve ever had All-Tournament members and I’m proud of their hard work and dedication throughout this season.”
2002 SEC All-Tournament Team
Liz Butler, Kentucky
Keeley Dowling, Tennessee
Crystal Frimpong, Florida
Robin Fulton, Florida
Mandy Heintz, LSU
Stephanie Keating, LSU
Jen Laughridge, Tennessee
Danielle Murphy, Florida
Elizabeth Ramsey, Kentucky
Rhian Wilkinson, Tennessee
MVP: Jordan Kellgren, Florida