CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina women’s soccer placed two players on the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) All-State Team. Senior goalkeeper Jacquelyn Gnassi was named to the first team while fellow senior midfielder Eynde Frazier was named to the second team. It is the first time either player has been honored by the NCCSIA in their career.
Gnassi, from Ramsey, N.J., ended the season with a record of 5-4-1 playing in 11 matches and starting 10. She had four shutouts in-goal recording 45 saves in 973:16 minutes of play. She ends her career ranking second all-time in the WCU record books in saves percentage with .826 and third for saves per game at 4.73. She also concluded her career ranked fifth in the record books for saves with 142.
Frazier, from Wilson, N.C., had a strong senior season playing and starting in all 18 games and ranking second on the team with two goals with both of them being game-winning. For her career, she played in 60 matches as a Catamount, starting 40, and scoring four goals and adding four assists in her time at Western Carolina.
Western Carolina ended the 2018 season with a record of 8-8-2 and earned the No. 4 seed in the SoCon Championships. The Catamounts fell in the quarterfinals to No. 5 seed Furman 4-0.
Nominations were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals and voted on by NCCSIA members.
Founded in 2002, the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina. The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.