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Forward Celly Ruiz (#15) and midfielder Erin Elmore (#8) earned post-season awards from the NAIA and NSCAA
Women's Soccer - Wed, Dec. 7, 2016

WEST POINT, Ga. – Point University forward Celly Ruiz (SR/Ontario, CA) has been named to the 2016 NAIA Women's Soccer All-America honorable mention team and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) NAIA All-East Region first team, and midfielder Erin Elmore (SR/Covington, GA)  has been named to the NSCAA NAIA All-East Region second team.


The NAIA All-America committee, which consists of the NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches Association officers and seven additional women's soccer coaches selected the three 11-member All-America teams and the honorable mention teams.


"I'm happy for both players," commented Point head women's soccer coach Randy Douglas, the 2016 AAC Coach of the Year.  "Being recognized by the AAC coaches and coaches outside our league is a strong statement about their playing ability. Erin could have graduated last spring but decided to play out her eligibility and it was a blessing to the team as she embodied true leadership on and off the field. Celly played with a lot of determination and focus this season and really dedicated herself to helping the team. Both of these young ladies put in a lot of work over the past few years and I'm glad they were able to get some recognition for their efforts."


Seven Appalachian Athletics Conference players earned spots on the NSCAA NAIA All-Region teams, including three on the first team – Ruiz, and seniors Taylor Asher and Katie Hale from Reinhardt University (17-3-1, 9-1-0 AAC), the AAC regular-season and tournament champion which earned a spot in the NAIA National Championship quarterfinals.


Point posted records of 12-5-2 overall and 8-2 in AAC matches and finished second in the regular-season standings.  The Skyhawks were ousted from the AAC Tournament in the quarterfinals by Bryan College, which won 2-1 in overtime.


Ruiz received Appalachian Athletics Conference (AAC) Women's Soccer Player of the Year honors for 2016, and is one of five AAC players who shared the Golden Boot Award as the leading goal scorers in conference matches.  She also was named to the All-Conference first team after leading Point with 14 goals, including eight in 10 conference matches, and four assists for 32 points and scoring seven match-winning goals, five in conference.


Ruiz ranks number two in Point women's soccer history with 35 career goals, 11th with 11 assists and number four with 81 career points in three seasons at Point from 2014-16.  She also earned All-AAC second team honors as a sophomore in 2014.


Elmore also received All-AAC first team honors and All-AAC Academic honors for 2016.  She scored two goals, both in conference matches, and two assists for six points with 34 shots and 16 shots on goal in 19 starts.  She totaled nine goals and eight assists in 72 career matches during her four-year career from 2013-16.