Letterkenny woman Julianne Herrity has been named as International South Atlantic Conference Woman of the Year from her time in America, the League announced this week.
Herrity has since returned home and the midfielder is playing with Sion Swifts in Northern Ireland.
The 27-year-old from Kiltoy in Letterkenny has just returned from two years at Carson-Newman College in Tennessee, where she had a brilliant two years playing colleges football.
Herrity, a former Kilmacrennan Celtic and Bonagee United player in the Donegal Women’s League, was Player of the Year for the Carson-Newman Eagles in 2015 and made the Team of the Year again in 2016.
Herrity, capped at underage level for the Republic of Ireland and a WFAI Intermediate Cup winner with Kilmac, scored 30 goals in her two years at Carson-Newman.
This week, Herrity was honored alongside Wingate women’s soccer’s Kaitlyn Brunworth.
She joins women’s swimming’s Nancy Claire Smith (Franklin, Tenn.) as Carson-Newman’s nominees for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year.
Her citation reads:
“Herrity was the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Women’s Soccer Player of the Year and an NSCAA All-American. As a junior, she helped guide Carson-Newman to one of the biggest turnarounds in NCAA history. The Eagles went from three wins to 19 wins, SAC Regular Season and Tournament Titles. Additionally the Eagles were the top seed in the Southeast Region tournament and made the region championship game.
“As a junior, Herrity scored the ninth-most goals in a season in school history with 16. She led the SAC with 93 shots and ranked second in goals and points with 36.
“She followed up her junior campaign by helping C-N to back-to-back SAC tournament and regular season trophies and another spot in the Southeast Region tournament. She was a member of starting XI for all 22 games en route to first team All-SAC honors. .She finished the season with 18 goals and seven assists. Her goal total tied her for tenth in the country and was the second-most in the SAC.
“Herrity totaled the SAC’s sixth-most assists and ended the season with 43 points, 12th in the country and second in the SAC.
“The Donegal, Ireland-native scored a hat trick against Francis Marion on Sept. 10th, she also turned in five two-goal performances, turning the trick against Lees-McRae, Newberry, Mars Hill, Queens (N.C.) and Coker.
“Herrity finished her career with 34 goals, a total that places her fifth in program history. She also racked up 79 career points, which ties her with Liz Jallo for the fourth most in Carson-Newman history.
“Herrity also made an effort to help others. She helped out with Operation INASMUCH, Carson-Newman’s annual day of service. She also has dedicated her free time to volunteering as a coach for area soccer camps and clinics.”