Dec. 4, 2012
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The National Soccer Coaches Association of America has named Tennessee sophomore forward Hannah Wilkinson and senior defender Ali Hall to its 2012 NCAA Division I Women's All-South Region teams.
Wilkinson, who was named a 2012 NSCAA/Continental Tire Women's NCAA Division I All-American last week, was selected to the All-South Region first team. Hall garnered second team honors. Wilkinson and Hall are the 19th and 20th Lady Vols to earn NSCAA all-region accolades. The duo's selection also marks the 10th time in Tennessee history that the Lady Vols have had multiple NSCAA all-region selections in the same season.
"Ali Hall was a major piece of our team's success this fall," Tennessee head coach Brian Pensky said. "She has earned this accolade through her leadership, determination and defensive spirit. And then on the other side of the ball, we have Hannah. And this game is about scoring goals. And as we've said, Wilkinson scored many of those goals for us this fall. It's nice to see the two players continuing to be honored."
On Oct. 29, Wilkinson and Hall garnered 2012 All-SEC honors. Wilkinson was a first team selection and Hall was a second team pick.
Wilkinson had a banner debut season at Tennessee, which made its 10th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and finished the year at 14-5-3. The Whangarei, New Zealand, native led the team in scoring with eight goals and was a clutch performer, posting a team-best four match-winners. She also had one assist and her 17 points tied for the team lead. Wilkinson also led the SEC in goals in conference matches as all eight of her scores occurred during league play.
During the season Wilkinson earned SEC Offensive Player of the Week, Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week and TSWA Women's College Soccer Player of the Week honors on Oct. 22 after scoring a pair of goals against Texas A&M and Ole Miss. She was also named to Soccer America's National Team of the Week on Oct. 25.
Wilkinson played in only 16 of Tennessee's 22 matches this season as she joined the team on the road in early September during its California road trip for matches at Cal State Northridge and UCLA. Her late arrival to Rocky Top was a result of her busy summer representing her home country of New Zealand in the 2012 London Olympics and the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.
Hall was a defensive force for the Lady Vols, who enjoyed arguably their finest defensive season in program history. With Hall controlling the back line as the center back, UT the Tennessee defense posted 11 shutouts on the season and enjoyed a program-best 0.69 goals-against average. The UT defense also produced the longest shutout streak in school history with 533:22 of scoreless defense from Aug. 19 through Sept. 9.
During the season, Hall was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 8 after leading UT to a pair of shutout road victories against South Carolina and Auburn.
Hall started all 22 contests for UT this season and played 17 full matches from start to finish. She tallied a career-high 1,929 minutes of action this season, anchoring a formidable defensive unit that created havoc for opposing attacks.