July 28, 2010
Bulldogs' Whitehead Named To W-League All-Conference Team
After one of the most competitive seasons in its history the United Soccer League's W-League has announced its 2010 All-Conference Teams, featuring Samford goalkeeper Alyssa Whitehead and some of the other top young women's soccer talent in the world.
Whitehead played this summer for the Charlotte Lady Eagles on the Eastern Conference squad and was on the field for almost every minute of her team's 10 games of the regular season, allowing only four goals to finish the 2010 campaign with a goals-against average of 0.41.
Whitehead, a native of Hattiesburg, Miss., will be a junior at Samford in the fall. Last season, she helped lead the Bulldogs to a school-record 12-1-5 overall record and a semifinal appearance in the 2009 Southern Conference Tournament.
Whitehead also earned Third-Team National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Southeast Region honors last season and finished the campaign ranked first in the nation in goals-against average (0.31) and third in the nation in save percentage (0.91). She allowed only six goals on 169 shots faced and received First-Team All-SoCon accolades.
Whitehead also played a major role in the Bulldogs' defense that finished the season ranked first in the nation in both goals-against average (0.31) and save percentage (0.92).
Whitehead and the Samford University soccer team will begin play in its 2010 campaign on Aug. 12 at 7 p.m., as the Bulldogs square off against the Belmont Bruins in an exhibition contest to be held at Bulldog Field.