Caitlin Hite Garners Preseason All-American Conference Nod

East Carolina picked to finish eighth

GREENVILLE, NC August 18, 2014 – East Carolina University sophomore women’s soccer player Caitlin Hite was one of 11 players named to The American’s preseason all-conference team, according to an announcement by the league office Monday afternoon.

Caitlin Hite ECU Pirates women's soccer

Caitlin Hite
ECU Pirates women’s soccer

As a freshman in 2013, Hite became the first player in program history to earn All-Conference USA First Team honors and also received NSCAA All-Central Region Second Team recognition. The Stafford, Va., native started all 21 matches and played every minute in 19 of those contests, which included five double-overtime games. Hite served as the team’s left backer all season on a defense that posted six shutouts and held opponents to a 0.85 shooting percentage.


The American Athletic Conference also released its preseason coaches’ poll, as the Pirates were picked to finish eighth. UCF was picked to win the league with nine of 10 possible first-place votes, followed by UConn, Memphis, South Florida, SMU, Cincinnati, Tulsa, East Carolina, Temple and Houston.


ECU returns 23 players from a year ago and opens its regular season at home against South Carolina on Friday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m.


Preseason Coaches’ Poll

Place    School              Points

1.         UCF (9)            90

2.         UConn (1)         76

3.         Memphis           75

4.         USF                 69

5.         SMU                 57

6.         Cincinnati          50

7.         Tulsa                43

8.         East Carolina    34

9.         Temple             24

10.        Houston            10


Preseason Offensive Player of the Year

Lena Petermann, UCF, So., F

Rachel Hill, UConn, UConn, So., F


Preseason Defensive Player of the Year

Diamond Simpson, Memphis, Jr., D


Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year

Emily Armstrong, UConn, So.


Preseason All-Conference Team

Tatiana Coleman, UCF, Sr., F*

Lena Petermann, UCF, So., F

Emily Armstrong, UConn, So., GK

Rachel Hill, UConn, So., F*

Caitlin Hite, East Carolina, So., D

Kylie Davis, Memphis, Sr., M

Valerie Sanderson, Memphis, So., F

Diamond Simpson, Memphis, Jr., D

Olivia Chance, USF, Jr., M

Demi Stokes, USF, Sr., F/M

Shelby Redman, SMU, R-Sr., F