College Corner by Mike Stancik
(Nov. 5, 2013) – There have been numerous Loudoun County soccer athletes that have earned individual accolades this season. And we’ll have to add another name to the list after former Woodgrove High School star Sarah Hardison (2013) was named the Atlantic-10’s Women’s Soccer Rookie of the Week for George Mason.
“Sarah has had extraordinary presence on the field as a freshman and has been a solid team player all season long,” commented head coach Diane Drake via the team’s website. “She is a natural forward who is playing in a position at center back for our team and has transitioned into the position with incredible ease. She is very deserving of this award.”
The freshman has seemingly made a fantastic transition to playing defense, and has helped the Patriots to a 4-2 record in the A-10. (7-8-1 overall) She has added one assist on the season.
Other tidbits from the past week in college sports:
- Stone Bridge grad Ashley Herndon (2013) also added another accolade to her trophy case this week, as she was named the CAA Rookie of the Week for JMU soccer. She registered a game-winning assist in a 2-0 victory over Northeastern on Oct. 24 and also added the game-tying goal late in a 2-2 draw against Hofstra on Oct. 26. It marks the third time this season Herndon has earned the honor. She is tied for the team-lead with 17 points on six goals and five assists.
- Virginia Tech cross-country runner and Loudoun County graduate Thomas Curtin (2011) helped lead the Hokies to a 5th place finish in the ACC Championships on Oct. 31. Curtin’s time of 24:02.20 in the 8K was good enough to finish 2nd overall out of all the contenders. He was also received All-ACC honors thanks to his strong performance.
- In his senior season playing football at Toledo, former Heritage standout Ross Madison (2010) has been a vital part of the Rocket defense. During Toledo’s 5-3 season, the strong safety has accumulated 31 tackles (2 for loss), 1 interception, 2 recovered fumbles, and 1 forced fumble.
- The Marshall Thundering Herd lost in a 51-49 heartbreaker on Oct. 24, but Briar Woods graduate Esray Taliaferro did all he could to secure the victory. The speedster recorded a season-high 134 yards rushing on 24 carries, and also added two touchdowns. His second score from two yards out gave Marshall the lead with 2:29 left, but the defense was unable to hold. Taliferro now has 502 yards rushing and 5 touchdowns on the season for the 4-3 Herd.
- In a 1-0 win over Miami on Oct. 27 for Virginia Tech women’s soccer, Stone Bridge grad Murielle Tiernan (2013) added another memorable goal to her resume for the Hokies. The freshman scored on a crossing pass just 13 minutes into the match and Virginia Tech was able to hold on from there. Tiernan is tied for the team-lead with 20 points and is also tied for the team-lead with 8 goals.