Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

College Sports

September 18, 2012

Bluefield’s Pattison claim’s NCCAA weekly award

GREENVILLE, S.C. —  Cortney “Pip” Pattison was named the NCCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Student-Athlete of the Week.

The honor is Pattison’s first of the year and second career weekly award.

Pattison, a junior midfielder from Radford, Va., who was the Rams leading goal scorer from a year ago scored five goals in three games on the week as BC went 2-1 including the Rams’ 8-1 victory over Cumberlands (Ky.) in their Mid-South Conference debut.

"Pip has been fantastic this season," said Bluefield College's Head Coach Chase Neidig, in a press release. "She has scored both timely and impactful goals for the team while setting personal and program records.”

Pattison scored two goals and provided an assist in the Rams 4-3 loss to Emmanuel (Ga.) last Monday, then netted three goals including the game winner and provided the opening goal’s assist in BC’s 8-1 thrashing of the MSC’s fourth place squad from a year ago, Cumberlands in Bluefield College’s MSC opener on Wednesday.

She closed the week with two first half goals in BC’s 5-0 victory over Brevard (N.C.) on Saturday.

On the season Pattison leads the Rams with 11 goals and 24 points, setting the BC single-season record in goals and points while her 18 career goals in 26 appearances set the program career record. On the season she ranks third in the NCCAA and sixth in the NAIA in goals while her 11 goals and two assists equal 54 percent (13-of-24) of the Rams single-season second best (24) goals after just seven games.

Her performances have helped to guide BC to more wins (4) than they had a year ago when they won just two in 19 matches. Neidig who was hired on June 4 has guided the Rams to the biggest win (8-1) in program history, first conference win since 2009, and second most single-season goals (24) through his first seven games at the helm.

“Pip is a player who can play in a number of positions that gives us a lot of flexibility as a coaching staff depending on who were playing,” said Neidig.

Pettison was an Appalachian Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week last season, and ended the campaign as a All-AAC Second Team performer with a team-high and then single-season best seven goals in 19 games. She also made four appearances in goal, making 25 saves earning a 1-2-0 record in 324 minutes between the pipes.

The Rams (4-3, 1-0), who are ranked fifth in the most recent Conference/A.I.I./Unaffiliated Group Poll by the NAIA, are in the midst of the most successful start to a season since 2008 they travel to face No. 2 ranked Lindsey Wilson in Columbia, Ky. tonight at 6 p.m.

Lindsey Wilson (3-2-1) has played five ranked opponents, and finished last season undefeated in the Mid-South Conference with an unblemished 7-0-0 mark and a 19-1-2 overall mark, losing in the NAIA National Championship quarterfinals.

The Blue Raiders have won three NAIA national championships in women’s soccer since 2004.

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