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Jess James

James Named PSUAC Player Of The Year; Leads Six All-PSUAC Women’s Soccer Selections

MEDIA, Pa. -- Penn State Brandywine senior Jess James (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) was named Penn State University Athletic Conference Women's Soccer Player of the Year and First Team All-PSUAC, leading six Lions who received all-conference accolades on Tuesday.

James was joined on the first team by Caitlin Kaiser (Hackettstown, N.J./Hackettstown) and Zoey Lineman (West Deptford, N.J./GCIT), while Jaylin Berrios (Lancaster, Pa./McCaskey), Gia Cetroni (Coatesville, Pa./Downingtown West) and Hannah Dyer (Southampton, Pa./William Tennett) all claimed honorable mention awards.

James is the fifth PSUAC Player of the Year in the team's eight-year history. Now a three-time First Team All-PSUAC performer, James led the conference with 19 goals and 40 total points, while starting 14 games.

Sixteen of James' goals came in nine matches against PSUAC competition. She scored at least two goals in seven matches, including a five-goal effort at Schuylkill on Oct. 11 and three goals in a home victory over Hazleton on Oct. 25. She scored game-winning tallies against Schuylkill twice, most recently Saturday in a 2-1 PSUAC Tournament semifinal triumph.

James also notched two assists, giving her 40 points on the season, six more than her nearest competitor. She produced a PSUAC-leading 70 shots.

Kaiser has been a mainstay on the Brandywine defense for the last two seasons, earning her second all-conference nod. She was one of five players to start every match this fall. Kaiser led the Brandywine defense that produced a pair of shutouts and a 1.27 goals-against average in conference play, both ranking second in the league. Kaiser also tallied the first goal of her career during the Lions' Senior Day victory over Beaver on Oct. 14.

Now a two-time all-conference forward, Lineman was the second-leading scorer for the Lions. She produced nine goals and a team-high tying six assists for 24 total points. Lineman recorded a five-game point streak from Oct. 11-25, tallying five goals and three assists during that span, and collected a six-point day with two goals and two assists against Bucks County. Lineman's 24 total points tied for the seventh-highest count in the PSUAC, while her nine goals were also good for seventh in the conference.

Berrios made 16 starts in the midfield for the Lions during her freshman season. She is fifth on the team in scoring with eight total points on two goals and four assists. Six of Berrios' points came in PSUAC matches, including a three-point game against Hazleton on Oct. 25. She also assisted on James' game-tying goal in the second half of Saturday's semifinal match.

Cetroni gained all-conference accolades for the second-straight year. In 15 starts, Cetroni tied for the team lead with six assists and added a pair of goals, notching 10 points overall. Her six assists tied her for fourth in the PSUAC. Cetroni logged assists in three of Brandywine's first five matches and in three-straight contests from Oct. 11-18, while scoring goals in wins over Schuylkill and Hazleton.

Dyer made 16 starts during her first season at Brandywine, splitting time between the Lions' back line and midfield. Dyer helped Brandywine yield just 34 goals, second-fewest in the conference, while contributing a pair of goals. She scored her first collegiate goal against Bucks County on Sept. 19 and added a marker on Oct. 18.

Brandywine finished the 2023 season as the PSUAC runner-up for the second-straight year and a 10-7-1 overall record.