FAYETTEVILLE – Senior Devon Burger of the University of Arkansas Lady Razorback soccer team was named to SoccerBuzz Magazine’s third-team all-Central Region on Tuesday afternoon.
The honor is the first national award for Burger who has been a four-year starter in Arkansas’ defense and was pivotal to the turnaround the Lady Razorbacks had in 2006.
“I can’t think of a player who has been more deserving of this recognition in a long time,” Arkansas head coach Gordon Henderson said. “Devon has in the last couple of years clearly been one of the top defenders in the SEC. Since my arrival she has dedicated herself to becoming the best player she can be and worked very hard to achieve that goal. In our sport it’s easier to recognize the offensive players and goalkeepers because of the statistics. As a defender it is much harder to stand out so for Devon to be recognized by my fellow regional coaching peers just shows her consistent high level of play in front of many coaches and teams.”
Burger ended her Lady Razorback career in November having played in 74 games for the Lady Razorbacks. Starting each of those contests, she ranks fourth on Arkansas’ all-time list for games started and for her career scored one goal and added an assist for three points. She began her stint with the Lady Razorbacks as an outside defender and then was moved to the interior as a junior.
In Southeastern Conference play, Burger and her twin Christina set the Arkansas records for games played and started with 42, as they were a fixture in the Lady Razorbacks’ starting 11 in every match during their four-year careers.
Burger’s honor makes her just the fourth Lady Razorback to ever earn recognition from SoccerBuzz joining the likes of former Lady’Backs Mandy Komar, Andrea Sparks and Julie Williford. She is the third Arkansas player to take third-team all-Central Region honors and the first since Williford in 2003.
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