Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Post-Season Soccer Honors

Taylor Jordan and Meagan Lasley Earn All-American Honors
Texas A&M University-Commerce junior goalkeeper Taylor Jordan and junior forward Meagan Lasley were named second and third team NSCAA/adidas All-American, respectively on Sunday afternoon.

Jordan and Lasley become the second and third All-Americans in school history after Tiffany Adams became the first to earn All-American honors in 2004.

Jordan, a transfer from Ouachita Baptist, was an honorable mention all-Lone Star Conference selection in 2008. In 22 games in goal, she posted a 13-4-1 record with six shutouts and made 102 saves. Her 102 saves are the fifth most in a single season in A&M-Commerce history. She was also named to the all-tournament team at the LSC Tournament and earned LSC Goalkeeper of the Week recognition on September 17th

Lasley emerged as the top offensive threat for an A&M-Commerce soccer team that advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. She set the school single-season record for points with 52 (20 goals and 12 assists). Her 20 goals tied the single-season mark that was shared by Emily Bruggemann (2002) and Tiffany Adams (2003). She was also named first team all-Lone Star Conference and Daktronics South Central All-Region Region second team. She will enter her senior campaign in 2009 with tied for second all time with 32 goals and her 22 assists ranks tied fourth in school history.

In addition, Jordan, Lasley, junior Sarah Reed and senior Melissa DoRemus were named to the first team NSCAA/adidas all-South Central region team and sophomore Chelsey Haight was a second team selection.

Jordan, Lasley and the Lions finished the 2008 season with a 16-4-3 overall record and the 16 wins match the 1999 team for the most in a season in school history. Also, A&M-Commerce made its fourth appearance in school history to the NCAA Tournament, where they advanced to the third round for the second time in program history.


Lady Buff's Markussen Named D-II All-American Honorable Mention

CANYON, Texas - West Texas A&M's senior forward, Elisabeth Markussen, has been named to the NCAA Division II All-American Honorable Mention team, announced Tuesday afternoon.

Markussen became one of the most explosive offensive forces in the region this past season, scoring 18 goals and adding nine assists for the Lady Buffs who won their second consecutive Lone Star Conference Championship in 2008.

Markussen tallied three hat-tricks during the season, as well as upping her career total in goals to 48, which is second all-time in WT history. Markussen was named the Lone Star Conference Preseason and Regular Season Offensive Player of the Year.

Rambelle Soccer Honored, Again
For the seventh consecutive season, the Angelo State women's soccer team has been recognized with the NSCAA College Team Academic Award.

The Rambelles picked up the award for the 2007-08 academic year after posting a team grade point average of 3.46, the highest among the Lone Star Conference. ASU was one of just four LSC women's programs to be honored by the NSCAA this year.ASU has been recognized each season since 2002 and and won the award in 2000, giving the Rambelles eight awards over the past nine years.

To be eligible for this award, a team must have a minimum GPA of 3.00 for the academic year. A total of 366 soccer teams (104 men, 262 women) posted a team GPA of 3.00 or higher in 2007-08 to earn the award. The Rambelles were one of 47 women's program to boast a team GPA of 3.40 or better.

Bristow gains Daktronics Division II All-America honorable mention

WICHITA FALLS, Texas - Midwestern State Kari Bristow's commitment to success this season played a big role this season for the Mustangs.

Bristow's big leg and playmaking ability resulted in eight goals and seven assists as the junior from Tyler helped Midwestern to a late-season eight-match winning streak, a 14-7 record and berth in the Lone Star Conference Championship Tournament for the 13th consecutive season.
Bristow garnered Daktronics honorable mention All-America honors Wednesday when the College Sports Information Directors of America released its annual awards.


Martinez named Daktronics Third-Team All American

WICHITA FALLS, Texas - Midwestern State rated 13th in NCAA Division II in goals-average and boasted the nation's ninth-best shutout percentage as the Mustangs advanced to the national quarterfinals for the second-straight season.

Junior defender Brian Martinez garnered third-team Daktronics All-America honors for his role in helping Midwestern to a 19-3 record as the Mustangs carried a No. 1 national ranking for four-consecutive weeks in 2008.


Miller Earns Another Honor

SAN ANGELO, Texas (Dec. 2) – Central Oklahoma soccer star Alli Miller earned honorable mention recognition on the Daktronics NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer All-America Team that was released Tuesday.

A junior fullback from Norman, Miller was a first-team pick on the All-South Central Regional Team in making it on the All-America ballot, which was voted on by sports information directors of Division II soccer-playing institutions. She led UCO’s defensive efforts in 2008 and was named Lone Star Conference Player of the Year while also earning first-team All-LSC honors for the third consecutive season.

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