Conference Carolinas announced today women’s soccer all-conference teams which included Converse College sophomore Hilary Parkin (Guelph, Ontario, Canada). Conference coaches from the 12 member schools nominate and then vote to select three teams of players who represent the best of the best in the conference. Parkin was selected to 2nd team all-conference.
Converse head coach Rob DePaol describes Hilary as a “shut-down defender,” or a defensive player who usually assumes the role of shutting-out an opposing team’s best forward. Since her first year on the squad, Parkin has started regularly in matches and has since grown to become a patient and aware defensive presence.
“Since last year, Hilary has become much more patient and a great decision-maker. She’s evolved into quite the complete-player. Her leadership is integral to our squad and the all-conference honor is well-deserved,” said Coach DePaol.
Aside from soccer, Hilary is a member of the Emerging Leaders Program at Converse. Emerging Leaders is a part of the college’s Daniel Leadership Program, a selective four-year leadership program designed to prepare women for ethical and effective leadership roles. She also serves as the secretary for the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC).
“I’m honored to be selected to an all-conference team. I know that defenders are often the workhorses that don’t tally stats for their efforts. It’s nice to see that folks take care to recognize backfield players,” commented Parkin.