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Bluefield's Pattison, Baines, and Winbush Receive All-Conference Honors

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Sophomore midfielder Pip Pattison, junior defender Missy Baines, and freshman forward Enajah Winbush were named to the Mid-South Conference All-Conference teams. Pattison was picked on the first team, while Baines and Winbush earned honorable mention honors.

Pattison, Baines, and Winbush are the program's first all-MSC selections since Bluefield joined the Mid-South Conference this summer following six years in the Appalachian Athletic Conference.

Pattison became the programs only First Team All-Conference selection. The trio of sections marks just the second time Bluefield has had more than two all-conference honorees. Last season the Rams failed to place anyone on the All-AAC teams.

Pattison and Winbush helped lead a Ram attack that posted 40 goals in 2012, the most in the team's history, and scored more than twice as many as it scored last year.

Radford, Va., native Pip Pattison started 18 matches for the Red, White & Blue and finished the campaign as the squad's leading scorer. The 5-foot-6 midfielder's 15 goals were the most in a single-season for the Rams, breaking her own record of seven set last season, and her 33 points were the most for any Ram.

Woodbrige, Va., native Enajah Winbush started 17 matches and finished the season as the team's second leading scorer. The 5-foot-7 rookie forward's seven goals were the most for a BC true-freshman, and Winbush's three game winning goals tied Pattison for the most on the season.

Smyrna, Del., native Missy Baines contributed five points on two goals and an assist as she led the best defense in program history. She started all 20 games and tied her career high with two goals. With the 5-foot-6 versatile Baines leading the back line the Rams allowed the fewest goals in program history (39) and set the mark with five shutouts including three in their last four regular season games. That string included a 4-0 win over Shawnee State (Ohio) and a 2-0 victory over Rio Grande (Ohio) in back-to-back Mid-South Conference games that helped the Rams finish a program best sixth, while winning four conference games for the first time and winning their first conference game since 2009 when the Rams won their first conference game in program history.

The honors are latest for the Rams following its most successful season to date. Bluefield posted a 9-10-1 overall record and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Mid-South Conference Tournament where it was eliminated by Campbellsville and hosted the quarterfinals of the NCCAA Mid-East Regional Tournament where they were eliminated in their first NCCAA Tournament appearance by Union (Tenn.) and were the third most improved win-loss team in the NAIA as they improved from a 2-16-1 mark a year ago.