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Embry-Riddle's McConagha named NAIA Champion of Character for women's soccer

PRESCOTT - Embry-Riddle senior defender Kacey McConagha received the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics' (NAIA) prestigious 2015 Champions of Character-Individual Award for women's soccer during the week of Dec. 6.

The award, given annually to one student-athlete in each NAIA intercollegiate sport, honors student-athletes who have displayed exemplary character and sportsmanship on the field, on campus and in the community.

Embry-Riddle coach Todd Poitras said McConagha was an inspiration for her teammates, as she fought through multiple injuries that sidelined her for major portions of the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

McConagha focused on her rehabilitation and doing what was best for her team, Poitras said, adding that she pressed on without complaint, remorse or regret.

"Kacey has been inspirational for all of us in so many ways, and has made the most out of her time as a scholar-athlete for us at ERAU," Poitras said in a news release. "She has been a part of a legacy that will be interwoven into the team culture for years to come. And she's set a standard for which her teammates now, and future ERAU student-athletes, will aspire to achieve."

McConagha, who carries a 4.0 GPA, is a two-time Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athlete. Majoring in Global Security & Intelligence Studies, she intends to put her degree to work in the fight against human trafficking.

As a member of the Chi Delta Chi Sorority, McConagha has given back to the community by helping with educational/philanthropic programs that combat anorexia nervosa and cystic fibrosis.

In addition, she has coached several youth soccer teams in her hometown of Flagstaff and in the Prescott area.

4 Eagles named to NSCAA

All-West Region Team

Four members of the Embry-Riddle women's soccer team were named to the 2015 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-West Region Team during the week of Dec. 6.

Eagles senior midfielder Kelsey Merrigan of Chandler and freshman forward Krista Lee of Henderson, Nevada, earned first-team honors, while senior forward Kalyn Goodenough of Gilbert and freshman Adriana Jackson of Port Orchard, Washington, received second-team accolades.

Embry-Riddle's athletic department contributed the information for this story

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