Madie Gibson earned region honors for the third year in a row. (Photo courtesy of Monmouth SID)
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – Three Monmouth University women’s soccer players – Madie Gibson, Jess Johnson and Lexie Palladino – were named to the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I women’s All-Atlantic Region teams.
“We are very proud of Madie, Jess and Lexie,” head coach Krissy Turner said. “This recognition is well deserved as they have established themselves as players who can play with the best. Having three players earn All-Region honors demonstrates the level of talent we have in our program and is a truly remarkable achievement.”
For the second consecutive season Gibson secured a spot on the first team, marking the third straight season she has earned all-region honors. Johnson claimed a spot on the second team for the second year in a row, while Palladino landed on the third team.
They helped lead Monmouth to its seventh consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular season championship and fourth successive MAAC Tournament title.
Gibson joined Christie Pearce Rampone as the only Monmouth players to be two-time first team selections. She also was the first in program history to be a three-time all-region choice. Gibson closed her career with four All-MAAC first team selections, joining Alexis McTamney as the only Hawks on that list. Gibson ranks fifth in program history in career points (102) with 35 goals and 32 assists.
Johnson’s second career all-region nod came after she co-captained the top defensive unit in the country. Monmouth led the NCAA in goals-against average (0.202) and shutout percentage in 2019 (0.789). Monmouth surrendered a program-record four goals. Johnson started all 19 games in her senior season. she contributed two goals and three assists this season.
The MAAC offensive player of the Year, Palladino, scored nine of her 20 career goals this season. Palladino and Gibson were tied for the team lead with 22 points. She finished her career with 55 points (20 goals, 15 assists). During her career, Monmouth went 17-0-0 when Palladino scored a goal.
The Atlantic Region includes teams from the America East Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. United Soccer Coaches, formerly the NSCAA, was founded in 1941 and is the largest community for soccer coaches in the world. United Soccer Coaches unites coaches of all levels around the love of the game and elevates the game through advocacy, education and service.