Bright, Tolmais, Niehaus Earn NSCAA All-Region Honors
ST. LOUIS – Saint Louis senior defender Kacey Bright has been selected to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Mid-Atlantic All-Region first team, while senior forward Danielle Tolmais and junior goalkeeper Mary Niehaus garnered spots on the All-Region third unit.
The three All-Region selections tie the program record for most in a season set by six previous Saint Louis teams. It is the first time since 2009 that a Billiken has received All-Region accolades, as well as the first time since Courtney Hulcer’s selection in 2006 that a SLU player has earned a first-team nod.
Earlier this month, Bright was named Atlantic 10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year and was joined by Tolmais and Niehaus on the All-Conference first team.
Bright led Saint Louis field players with 1,806 minutes (90.3 minutes per game), and she was on the field every minute in 17 of SLU’s 20 games. She guided a defensive effort that lifted the Billikens to the top of the A-10 in shutouts (nine, including five vs. conference opponents) as well as 39th nationally and second in the league in goals against average (0.82). Bright and her teammates allowed just 8.5 total shots, 4.1 shots on goal and 3.6 corner kicks per game.
Tolmais led the Billikens in goals (10), points (23), game-winning goals (four) and shots on goal (25). She is the first Billiken since 2006 to register 10 goals and at least 20 points, and she led SLU in points for a second consecutive season.
Tolmais tied for 59th in the nation and tied for third in the A-10 in game-winning goals. She ranked sixth in the conference in points per game (1.15) and seventh in goals per game (0.50).
Niehaus, who played every minute in goal, earned A-10 Defensive Player of the Week honors three times. She tied for 27th nationally and tied for first in the A-10 in shutouts (nine); ranked 45th nationally and second in the league in goals against average (0.82); and was 46th in the nation in minutes (1873:44).
Niehaus’ 14 victories tied the SLU single-season record set by Meghann Burke (1999) and equaled by Amanda Martin (2004). In conference games only, she led the A-10 in GAA (0.56), tied for first in shutouts (five) and ranked second in save percentage (.864).The Billikens posted a 14-4-2 record and finished second in the A-10 regular-season standings.