NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For the first time since 2011, Belmont women's soccer saw three of its standouts honored in the postseason. Seniors Meredith Martin (Franklin, Tenn.) and Taylor Smith (Atlanta, Ga.) were named All-OVC Second Team while freshman Belicia Mendiola (McKinney, Texas) was named to the OVC All-Newcomer Team.
Martin, an anchor of the BU defensive line over the last four years, received her first postseason nod for stellar play. In her final season of play, the Franklin, Tenn., native was one of only five Bruins to start and play in all 18 matches. Martin wrapped the year with one goal and was second on the team in minutes played with a total of 1,387.
Smith exploded offensively in her final season as a Bruin. The Atlanta, Ga., native was tied for second on the team in goals scored with a total of four and led the team in shots on goal with a total of 21. The midfielder, who started and played in 17 matches, stands tied for 11th in all-time game winning goals.
One could not have asked for a better debut than Mendiola. The McKinney, Texas native, who earned two OVC Offensive Player of the Week nods, wrapped her freshman year with a total of eight goals to lead the Bruins, rocketing her into a tie for fifth in all-time goals scored in a single season. The forward is also tied for eighth in all-time points in a single season. Nationally, Mendiola is currently ranked 125th in goals per game.
"All of us who are part of the Belmont Soccer family are excited and appreciative that Taylor Smith and Meredith Martin have been named to the All-OVC Second Team and Belicia Mendiola named to the All-Newcomer Team," said Head Coach Heather Henson. "Each of them have shown a great deal of leadership and passion for our program this year and we grateful or their respective awards.
"Enthusiasm, work ethic, faithfulness and competitiveness are characteristics that these young ladies possess will continue to drive this program."
Belmont concluded the 2014 campaign with a 7-7-4 overall record and a 4-4-2 mark in the OVC.