ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio soccer senior forward Allie Curry and freshman defender Paige Knorr both earned Mid-American Conference Postseason Awards. Curry was named to the All-MAC Second Team, while Knorr earned a spot on the All-Freshman Team, the league announced today (Nov. 2).
"I'm really proud of them both for earning these awards," head coach Aaron Rodgers said. "These individual awards are a great reflection of the growth and progress that this program has made and I know that both of these ladies would attribute a lot of their success to their teammates. One of the biggest things for us as a program is how to make your teammates better and they both are very selfless individuals and team-first individuals and these are wonderful awards."
Curry (Fairfield, Ohio) put together a career season for the Bobcats in 2017. The senior started all 20 games for the Bobcats. She scored a career high seven goals and registered two assists for a career-high 16 points. Curry registered 41 shots with 17 on goal and a .171 shot percentage and a .415 shots on goal percentage. This season Curry was a perfect 2-for-2 on penalty kicks and scored one game-winning goal. In conference play, Curry scored five goals and had two assists for 12 points. Curry took 22 shots with 11 on goal for a .222 shot percentage and a .500 shot on goal percentage, helping the Bobcats to a 4-5-2 record, the best conference record since 2011, and helping the Bobcats get to the MAC Tournament for the first time since 2013.
"Curry worked very hard over the summer to make sure that she was able to bring everything that she could as a captain and as a leader," Rodgers said. "She worked hard and it shows what great dedication is and what the team can do."
Knorr (Cincinnati, Ohio) started and played in 19 games for the Bobcats during the 2017 season, playing a total of 1,687 minutes on the field. During the 2017 season, the defender registered an assist on Oct. 5 against Buffalo, Overall, she registered 14 shots with four shots on goal, including two in the Bobcats regular season finale at Kent State on Oct. 26. The defender was on the field for Ohio for all six of Ohio's shut outs and helped hold the Bobcats' opponents to only 21 total goals. Knorr was a pivotal part of Ohio's set pieces during the season, taking 16 corner kicks for Ohio.
"We had a lot of expectations for Paige coming in," Rodgers said. "For a freshman to start almost every game and play the majority of every minute of the season just goes to show her quality and who she is as a player and a person. I'm excited to work with her for the next three seasons."