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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Gardner-Webb seniors Brandi Arey and Bri Nagle each earned NSCAA Division I Scholar All-South Region Third team honors, as selected by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Arey (Huntersville, N.C. / Hough HS) carries a 3.78 cumulative GPA in her major of exercise science. Nagle (Chesapeake, Va. / Western Branch HS) carries a 3.63 cumulative GPA, also with a major of exercise science.
Arey finished her career with first-team All-Big South Conference honors at forward, tying a career-high with 17 points scored. She finished the 2016 season with six goals, a career-high five assists and three game-winning goals.
Arey paced Gardner-Webb in scoring, goals and assists in 2016. She created countless other opportunities on the offensive end for teammates with her aggressive and unselfish style of play.
Arey finished her career with 55 career points (21 goals, 13 assists). She had seven game winners in 68 career starts. She paced the Big South Conference with 78 shots as a senior.
Nagle was a first-team All-Big South Conference selection as a defender, earning a spot on the All-Conference team for the second season in a row after anchoring the GWU defense.
The standout back helped GWU rank second in the Big South with seven shutouts during the regular season – with five of those coming against league foes. Nagle had one assists – and paced all Gardner-Webb field players in minutes played.
The duo's selection to the Big South All-Conference first team marked the only time in program history that two GWU standouts had earned first-team honors in the same season.
Gardner-Webb enjoyed a strong season as a team, finishing with a 9-8-3 mark and a 6-3-0 mark in Big South Conference play. GWU earned the No. 4 seed in the league's postseason tournament.