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OUA announces 2016 Women’s Soccer Major Awards and All-Stars; Three Ravens honoured by conference

Written by Carleton Sports Information

Photo by Valerie Wutti

The OUA has announced the 2016 Women’s Soccer Major Award Winners and All-Stars. Three Ravens players have been named OUA All-Stars this year following a 7-4-5 regular season that saw Carleton finish fifth place in the East division. 

Melat Cherent – Defence – 3rd year – Ottawa, ON
2016 OUA First-Team All-Star
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Cherent, a third-year player, solidified herself as one of the top defenders in the conference in 2016 by earning First-Team All-Star honours. The 5-foot-3 centre back provided the Ravens with assurance in front of goal and was equally as effective on the counter, often involving herself in the offensive attack. Cherent, a Ravens co-captain, started in all 16 games for the Ravens during the regular season, leading this year’s team with scintillating displays of skill and passion. This is the second individual award captured by Melat following her Second-Team All-Star nod in 2015.

Abby Nicastro – Midfielder – 5th year – Ottawa, ON
2016 OUA Second-Team All-Star
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Winger Abby Nicastro has been named a Second-Team All-Star this season after her consistent displays of attacking prowess throughout the 2016 campaign. Nicastro, one of only three fifth-year players in this year’s side, was named a co-captain in her final season of soccer at Carleton. The dynamic dribbler could often be seen blazing by her opponents down the flank, always looking to create scoring opportunities for teammates. Nicastro started all 14 games that she featured in, finishing the year with 4 goals – the second-highest total on the team. This is Abby’s first-career OUA award.

Sarah Zutrauen – Defence – 2nd year – Ottawa, ON

2016 OUA Second-Team All-Star
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Following a solid debut season in the OUA in 2015, sophomore defender Sarah Zutrauen had a breakout campaign to earn a 2016 Second-Team All-Star award. Standing at 5-foot-8, Zutrauen featured as a reliable sweeper positioned between the defence and midfield to help with Carleton’s transition game. Zutrauen showed an ability to open up the pitch by drawing in defenders on the rush before using her excellent field vision to spot open teammates. The homegrown talent tallied 3 goals in 12 regular season games, showing off her two-way ability in the process. This is Sarah’s first OUA All-Star award.