Maria MohammedUniversity of Tampa defender Maria Mohammed was named an honorable mention selection to the 2008 Daktronics Women’s Soccer All-American team after being a first-team all-South Region and Sunshine State Conference player.

Mohammed, a senior from Stafford, Va., served as the team captain while being one of five Spartans to start all 22 games. Mohammed tallied three goals and two assists as the squad’s top defender, including a game-winning goal at West Georgia. Her defensive unit allowed UT to outscore opponents 50-25.

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2008 Daktronics NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer All-America First Team
GK - Kristina Nasturzio, Grand Valley State
D - Nicole Cito, Metropolitan State
D - Shameka Gordon, West Florida
D - Jamie Schroter, Mercyhurst
D - Natalja Stanksi, Grand Valley State
MF - Marcela Franco, West Florida
MF - Amelia Kasten, Winona State
MF - Elin Svavarsdottir, Christian Brothers
F - Shaneka Gordon, West Florida
F - Angelika Johansson, Franklin Pierce
F - Katy Tafler, Grand Valley State

2008 Daktronics Player of the Year: Shaneka Gordon, West Florida

2008 Daktronics NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer All-America Second Team
GK - Courtney Jones, West Florida
D - Lindsay Catton, Sonoma State
D - Katherine Gooch, Georgian Court
D - Claire Grubbs, Seattle Pacific
D - Adele Jackson, Montevallo
MF - Gabriela Demoner, Franklin Pierce
MF - Meredith Teague, Seattle Pacific
MF - Jamie-Lynn Wallace, Holy Family
F - Carter Cornett, Regis
F - Cole Dant, Davis & Elkins
F - Sarah Powell, Mercyhurst

2008 Daktronics NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer All-America Third Team
GK - Jessica McGovern, California-San Diego
D - Lauren Boyer, West Chester
D - Randi Fernsler, Central Missouri
D - Amanda Maddock, Belmont Abbey
D - Rachel Smith, Franklin Pierce
MF - Stacey Balaam, Montevallo
MF - Brandi Doss, Northern Kentucky
MF - Brittany Yetter, West Chester
F - Kristin Burton, Armstrong Atlantic State
F - Becca Mays, Metro State
F - Danielle Tanner, Tusculum

2008 Daktronics NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer All-America Honorable Mention
GK - Whitney Beverly, North Carolina-Pembroke
GK - Amanda Diehm, Winona State
D - Amanda Esquivel, California-San Diego
D - Lisa Fahey, Washburn
D - Sara Jones, Findlay
D - Ashley Knight, Southern Connecticut State
D - Dana Merrill, Rollins
D - Alli Miller, Central Oklahoma
D - Maria Mohammed, Tampa
D - Alli Opfer, Indianapolis
D - Heidi Woerle, Winona State
D - Kelsey Yeatts, St. Edward’s
MF - Bethany Bennett, St. Edward’s
MF - Kari Bristow, Midwestern State
MF - Lauk’i Cheng, Wisconsin-Parkside
MF - Ashlee Ellefsen, Bemidji State
MF - Megan Emanuelo, New York Tech
MF - Becky Fleming, Quincy
MF - Lianah Flores, Incarnate Word
MF - Courtney Rowan, Gannon
F - Hannah Beard, Saint Leo
F - Sarah Hernandez, Incarnate Word
F - Kami Kapaku, Montevallo
F - Kelly Lyons, Georgian Court
F - Elisabeth Markussen, West Texas A&M