VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – After concluding what was one of the best seasons in W-League history, Atlanta’s Sarah Steinmann was named the 2008 W-League Most Valuable Player tonight at the W-League Championship Banquet. Manager Tony Anglin was also honored as the Coach of the Year.
(Photo Caption: Steinmann led all players in the league with a staggering 19 goals on the year. Photo courtesy of Ron Holt).
Steinmann had already captured the honor of Scoring Champion with 40 points, as well as the Goal Scoring Champion with 19 goals on the year. She was also named to the All-Conference Team for the Eastern Conference, along with teammate Lyndsey Patterson.
The offensive outpouring more than doubled Steinmann’s previous club record of eight goals in a season (2006). Teammate Christine Latham also had an outstanding year, racking up 13 goals 13 games, good for third place in the league.
A sixth-year veteran in the W-League, Steinmann was named to the Weekly Best 11 on four occasions in 2008, as well as twice in 2007. She was also named the Player of the Week in the fifth week of the season after scoring five goals in three games. Steinmann has played with the Silverbacks for the past four seasons after competing for the Charlotte Lady Eagles in the 2003-2004 seasons.
Steinmann entered the W-League after completing an illustrious career with the Auburn University Tigers, where she was named the SEC Player of the Year (2002), All-SEC First Team (2003), and received various NSCAA honors, among many others.
Meanwhile, Anglin entered the season with big shoes to fill, as former head coach Keith Jones was named the 2007 W-League Coach of the Year after leading the team to the finals.
Anglin rose to the occasion, leading his Silverbacks to an undefeated 13-0-1 regular season record, just one of three teams to avoid a loss. The Englishman joined Atlanta in 2004 and served as coach for the Atlanta Silverbacks Reserves, then worked as an interim head coach for the women’s team in 2006. In 2007, he served as an assistant to Jones before taking over the head position for the 2008 season.
Before beginning his coaching career, Anglin played semi-professionally in England. The veteran has over 25 years of coaching experience.
The Championship Banquet honored several other positions, including the All-League Team, U19 Player of the Year, Goalkeeper of the Year, Defender of the Year, and Coach of the Year.
Championship Banquet Honorees:
U19 Player of the Year – Fortuna Velaj (Connecticut Passion)
Goalkeeper of the Year – Mallori Lofton-Malachi (Tampa Bay Hellenic)
Defender of the Year – Sue Weber (Long Island Rough Riders)
Coach of the Year – Tony Anglin (Atlanta Silverbacks)
Most Valuable Player – Sarah Steinmann (Atlanta Silverbacks)
G - Mallori Lofton-Malachi (Tampa Bay Hellenic)
D - Marie-Eve Nault (FC Indiana Lionesses)
D - Cindy Walsh (Laval Comets)
D - Sue Weber (Long Island Rough Riders)
M - Chelsea Cline (Minnesota Lightning)
M - Michelle French (Seattle Sounders)
M - Lori Lindsey (Washington Freedom)
M - Jill Oakes (Pali Blues)
F - Shay Powell (Ottawa Fury)
F - Sarah Steinmann (Atlanta Silverbacks)
F - Christie Welsh (Washington Freedom)
Top Atlanta Goal Scorers, Single Season (All-Time):
1) Steinmann, Sarah – 19 (2008)
2) Latham, Christine – 13 (2008)
3) Steinmann, Sarah – 8 (2006)
4) Gragg, Kerry – 8 (2005)
5) Latham, Christine – 7 (2007)