2011 Women's Soccer Season in Review

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The Big Ten enjoyed a successful 2011 women's soccer season highlighted by three squads earning bids to the NCAA Championship. Illinois earned the conference's automatic bid after winning the Big Ten Tournament. Big Ten Champion Penn State joined Ohio State in the championship field. The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions earned wins in the first and second rounds before falling in the Sweet 16, while the Fighting Illini won their first-round tilt, bowing out in the second round.

B1G Postseason Awards: The Big Ten Conference announced its 2011 women's soccer All-Big Ten teams and individual award winners on Tuesday, Nov. 1, with conference runner-up Illinois collecting three of the six individual honors. The Fighting Illini's Vanessa DiBernardo was named Midfielder of the Year, Jenna Carosio took home Defender of the Year honors, and Janet Rayfield earned Coach of the Year accolades. Penn State's Maya Hayes was named Forward of the Year, while Wisconsin's Michele Dalton earned Goalkeeper of the Year honors. Minnesota's Taylor Uhl took home the Freshman of the Year award. To see the complete list of All-Big Ten teams and individual award winners, click here.

Lowe's Senior Class Award: Michigan State forward Laura Heyboer was selected as a finalist for the Lowe's Senior Class Award. The finalists are chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 men's candidates and 30 women's candidates.  Eligibility for the award requires a student-athlete must be a senior and have notable achievements on the field of play, in the classroom and their community.

Capital One All-America: Penn State's Maya Hayes and Wisconsin's Laurie Nosbusch earned Capital One Academic All-America honors, as announced on Monday, Dec. 1.

Illinois' Rayfield Honored: Illinois head coach Janet Rayfield was named the NSCAA/Mondo Regional Coach of the Year for the Great Lakes region, as announced on Saturday. Rayfield led the Fighting Illini to a 17-5-2 record, which included a second-place conference finish and a Big Ten Tournament title.

The national award will be announced on Friday, Jan. 13, at the NSCAA Convention.

Penn State's Hayes Named Semifinalist for Hermann Trophy: Penn State's Maya Hayes was named to the 2011 Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy Women's Semifinalists list, as announced on Sunday, Dec. 4. The Nittany Lion forward led the nation with 31 goals and 70 points in 26 games. She was second in the nation is goals per game (1.19) and game-winning goals (9). Hayes also placed third in the nation with 2.69 points per game.

Where We Rank: Penn State and Illinois earned spots in the final NSCAA National rankings poll of the season, as announced Tuesday, Dec. 6. The Nittany Lions (21-5-0) finished at No. 8, while the Fighting Illini (17-5-2) clocked in at No. 19.

Ohio State also received votes.

For the complete list, click here.

All-Great Lakes: Sixteen Big Ten women's soccer players were named to the 2011 NCAA Women's Division I All-Great Lakes Team, as announced on Thursday, Dec. 8. First Team honorees included Illinois' Jenna Carosio and Vanessa DiBernardo, Michigan State's Laura Heyboer, and Penn State's Maya Hayes and Christine Nairn. The Second Team included Illinois' Marissa Mykines, Nebraska's Morgan Marlborough, Ohio State's Danielle Scoliere and Danica Wu, Penn State's Taylor Schram, and Wisconsin's Michele Dalton and Lindsey Johnson. The Third Team recipients were Iowa's Morgan Showalter, Michigan State's Anne Steinlage, and Penn State's Lexi Marten and Erin McNulty.

Hayes Named Finalist for Hermann Trophy:
Penn State's Maya Hayes was named a finalist for the Hermann Trophy, as announced on Friday, Dec. 9. The Big Ten Forward of the Year led the nation in points (70) and goals (31) this season. She also tallied nine game-winning goals which ranked second in the nation.

The winner will be announced on Tuesday, Jan. 6, at approximately 7 p.m. ET.

All-America: Illinois' Vanessa DiBernardo and Penn State's Maya Hayes and Christine Nairn were named to the 2011 NCAA Women's Soccer All-American Team, as announced on Friday, Dec. 9.

DiBernardo was named Second Team All-America after finishing the season with 39 points on 17 goals and 5 assists en route to an All-Big Ten First Team selection.

Hayes earned First Team honors after leading the nation in points (70) and goals (31) this season. Hayes is also a finalist for the Hermann Trophy.

Nairn joined DiBernardo on the Second Team after tallying 19 points on 13 assists and three goals on the season. This is the second year that Nairn has earned All-America honors.

Soccer America MVP:
Illinois' Vanessa DiBernardo and Penn State's Maya Hayes have been named as two of Soccer America's Most Valuable Players, as announced on Thursday.

DiBernardo was named a Second Team MVP after tallying 39 points on 17 goals and five assists on the season.

Hayes earned recognition as a First Team MVP after leading the nation in points (70) and goals (31) this season. Hayes is also a finalist for the Hermann Trophy, which is set to be announced on Tuesday, Jan. 6.

For the complete release, click here.

Chicagoland News Soccer MVP: Illinois' Vanessa DiBernardo has earned Chicagoland Soccer News Player of the Year honors, as announced on Tuesday. The Fighting Illini sophomore midfielder is also among the finalists for the Soccer News Net Women's College Boot, given to the national player of the year.

DiBernardo is the first Big Ten women's soccer player to earn the award.

Illinois News Release
Chicagoland Soccer News Release

Philly News Soccer MVP:
Penn State's Maya Hayes has been tabbed the Philly Soccer News Women's Player of the Year, as announced on Tuesday. Hayes led the nation is goals (31) and points (70) this season. The sophomore forward is also among the finalists for the Soccer News Net Women's College Boot, which is award to the player of the year.

Philly Soccer News Release
Penn State Release


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