Heffner, Reid named to All-OVC second team

Sophomores Leigh Heffner and Kerri Reid each received post-season honors as members of the all-OVC second team, as voted upon by coaches and sports information directors throughout the conference.Reid, a midfielder out of Peachtree City, Ga., was one of three Golden Eagles to start all 17 contests of the 2010 season. Tied for second on the team in goals scored, she contributed two goals and three assists on the season, helping to anchor the midfield for Tech with her ability to control the ball and distribute.

“Kerri’s speed in the midfield was a tremendous asset for us,” said head coach Daniel Brizard. “Her physical toughness allowed her to break through the opposing defense in our attacking half, and her read on the field played a huge part in setting up many of our offensive attacks.”

Also honored this year as one of the OVC’s Defensive Players of the Week for her contributions in the backfield in a 1-0 win over SEMO and a 1-1 tie against EIU, Leigh Heffner earned votes for a spot as a defender on the all-OVC second team. Hailing from Aravada, Colo., Heffner started 16 of 17 games and played nearly 90 minutes in almost all of her appearances.

“Leigh has been a mainstay on defense for the team and definitely one of our younger leaders,” Brizard said. “She’s the go-to for getting the ball out of our end of the field.

“We’ll definitely be looking to both of these younger players for their leadership over the next couple of years,” he continued.