Women’s Soccer Players Earn Postseason Honors

Posted: December 22, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Postseason accolades continue to roll in for George Mason women’s soccer, as freshman Jessica Paris, a civil engineering major, and senior Sarah Coughlin, who is working on a master’s in secondary education, were named to the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association (VaSID) 2004 University Division All-State team last week.

Paris garnered first-team consideration on defense from VaSID, while Coughlin received the nod to the second team as a goalkeeper. This is Paris’ first All-Virginia selection and Coughlin’s third. She made the All-State first team in 2003 and 2000.

Paris, a member of the Colonial Athletic Association’s (CAA) 2004 All-Rookie team, was one of two players to start every game for Mason. She finished third on the team in goals scored with four, and had two assists, ranking fourth on the squad with 10 points.

Coughlin had a solid 2004 season as George Mason’s goalkeeper. She was named CAA Defender of the Year and earned All-CAA first-team accolades for the third time in her career. A two-year captain and 2004 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Mid-Atlantic All-Region third-team honoree, Coughlin concluded the year with 64 saves and a 1.48 goals-against average. She started 18 games, logging 1,520:36 minutes, and posted an 8-6-3 overall record, with three solo shutouts. Coughlin stands second all-time at George Mason, with 353 saves and 6,283:36 minutes.

George Mason finished the 2004 season with a 10-7-3 overall record and a 5-2-2 mark in the CAA under first-year head coach Diane Drake. The Patriots tied for third in the league standings at the end of the regular season and were the no. 5 seed in the CAA Women’s Soccer Championship, marking Mason’s 10th straight CAA Tournament appearance. The Patriots went unbeaten in seven of their final eight matches, falling to no. 4 seed James Madison University in the CAA tournament quarterfinals.

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