LOUDONVILLE, NY – Siena Women’s Soccer junior goalkeeper Taylor Dorado and senior back Amanda Holtzman have earned United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-East Region recognition. Dorado was awarded First Team honors, while Holtzman was named to the Third Team.
This marks just the third time in program history in which the Saints have boasted multiple honorees in the same season, and first since 2009. Dorado becomes the first Siena scholar to receive First Team recognition since Tabitha Tice in 2010.
A native of Guilderland, New York, Dorado was named to the MAAC All-Academic Team this fall. A MAAC Academic Honor Roll selection this past summer, she currently possesses a 3.30 cumulative GPA while majoring in psychology. On the field, Dorado was named the 2018 MAAC Goalkeeper of the Year and a First Team All-MAAC awardee. She tied her own program single-season record by earning MAAC Defensive Player of the Week honors four times this year, and broke both the school’s career (20) and single-season (nine) shutout records. Dorado led the MAAC this season in saves (108), ranked second in shutouts, and third in both goals against average (1.03) and save percentage (.837).
Holtzman earned MAAC All-Academic Team acclaim for the third consecutive season this fall. The Avon, Connecticut product holds a 3.31 cumulative GPA as a psychology major. A Preseason All-MAAC selection, Holtzman received Second Team All-MAAC recognition this fall. She appeared in all 22 matches (21 starts), and logged 1,864 minutes at right back for a Siena defense which set program single-season records for both total (10) and consecutive (four) shutouts. Holtzman was a key cog in a Saints’ back line which ranked second in the MAAC in clean sheets, and third in goals against average (1.09).
To be eligible to be named a United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-Region selection, a student athlete must meet the stringent criteria of having reached at least junior academic standing, possess a 3.30 cumulative grade point average or higher, start more than 50 percent of their team’s games, and be a significant contributor on the field.
Dorado and Holtzman helped guide Siena to the program’s fifth MAAC Championship Match appearance this fall. The Saints achieved an 11-8-3 overall record, including a 6-2-2 mark in league action this season.