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Twenty-four Big Ten women's soccer players were named to the NCAA Division I Women's All-Great Lakes Region team, including 10 on the first team.

Illinois' Jannelle Flaws was named to the first team, while Vanessa DiBernardo was a second-team all-region pick. The Illini advanced to the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Tournament and finished the season with an 11-9-3 mark.

Indiana's Lisa Nouanesengsy was a first-team selection after accumulating 25 points this season, including 11 goals and three assists, while Rebecca Candler was named to the third team. The Hoosiers advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and finished the season with a 15-7-1 record.

Melanie Pickert and Cloe Lacasse of Iowa were both named second-team all-region, while Alex Melin was a third-team pick. It marked the first time in program history that three players have garnered all-region honors.

Michigan's Shelina Zadorsky, Holly Hein, Meghan Toohey and Nkem Ezurike were all first team choices, marking the second consecutive year that four Wolverine players were named to the all-region team. Michigan allowed just 10 goals during the season, finishing with an 18-4-1 mark.

Mary-Katherine Fiebernitz of Michigan State was named to the Great Lakes All-Region third team after scoring a team-best six goals. The Spartans finished the season with a 9-8-2 record.

Minnesota's Tarah Hobbs and Katie Thyken were named second-team all-region after finishing the season with an 11-8-2 record. Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year, Hobbs led the conference with 122 saves. Thyken scored seven goals and collected three assists.

Nebraska's Emma Stevens and Ari Romero were first-team all-region picks, while Jordan Jackson and Jaycie Johnson were named to the second team. The Cornhuskers won the Big Ten Tournament and the Big Ten Championship, ending their campaign with a 19-4-1 record.

Penn State's Taylor Schram and Maya Hayes were first team selections, Whitney Church and Mallory Weber were second team picks, and Raquel Rodriguez was named to the all-region third team. The Nittany Lions advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and finished their season with a 15-7-1 mark.

Wisconsin's Rose Lavelle, the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, was a third-team all-region honoree. She scored six goals and tallied seven assists, helping the Badgers finish the season with a 10-7-2 mark.

All 24 players have a chance to be named to the All-America team, which will be announced on Dec. 6.

NCAA Division I Women's All-Great Lakes Region
First Team
Jannelle Flaws, ILL
Lisa Nouanesengsy, IND
Nkem Ezurike, MICH
Holly Hein, MICH
Meghan Toohey, MICH
Shelina Zadorski, MICH
Ari Romero, NEB
Emma Stevens, NEB
Maya Hayes, PSU
Taylor Schram, PSU

Second Team
Vanessa DiBernardo, ILL
Cloe Lacasse, IOWA
Melanie Pickert, IOWA
Tarah Hobbs, MINN
Katie Thyken, MINN
Jordan Jackson, NEB
Jaycie Johnson, NEB
Whitney Church, PSU
Mallory Weber, PSU

Third Team
Rebecca Candler, IND
Alex Melin, IOWA
Mary-Katherine Fiebernitz, MSU
Raquel Rodriguez, PSU
Rose Lavelle, WIS

Michigan's Nkem Ezurike and Penn State's Maya Hayes were both named semifinalists for the MAC Hermann Trophy, given to the nation's top college women's soccer player. Ezurike finished the season with 14 goals and 10 assists - she now has a school record 49 career goals and 118 total points. She started all 23 matches and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection. Hayes, who finished her senior campaign with 19 goals and six assists, started all 23 matches, was a first-team All-Big Ten selection, and helped lead the Nittany Lions to their 19th consecutive NCAA Tournament.

The MAC Hermann Trophy finalists will be named on Thursday, Dec. 12.

Women's Soccer Weekly Honors

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Top Drawer Soccer announced its Team of the Week, with Michigan's Holly Hein and Meghan Toohey earning honors.

Hein scored one goal in the Wolverines' 3-0 win over Illinois State on Nov. 22, while Toohey converted a second-half penalty kick versus Notre Dame, sending Michigan to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. The Wolverines will face No. 1 Virginia on Friday in Charlottesville, Va., seeking a trip to the College Cup for the first time in program history.

Six Players Named College Boot Award Finalists

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Six Big Ten women's soccer players were named finalists for the 2013 College Boot Award, which recognizes the top player in women's college soccer. The conference's finalists include Illinois' Jannelle Flaws, Indiana's Shannon Flower and Lisa Nouanesengsy, Nebraska's Jordan Jackson and Penn State's Whitney Church and Maya Hayes.

Flaws finished the season with 23 goals, which is currently tied for first in the NCAA. The Big Ten Forward of the Year helped lead the Illini to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

Flower collected 87 saves and recorded nine shutouts. She helped guide the Hoosiers to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the third time in program history. Nouanesengsy finished the 2013 campaign with 25 points, including 11 goals and three assists. She was named second-team All-Big Ten.

Jackson, who was named the Big Ten Midfielder of the Year, scored nine goals and tallied 11 assists this season, helping lead the Cornhuskers to their first Big Ten Championship and Big Ten Tournament title in school history.

Church played in all 23 games, scoring four goals and collecting one assist. She was a second-team All-Big Ten selection and helped the Nittany Lions reach the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Hayes scored a team-high 19 goals to go along with six assists and was named first-team All-Big Ten.

Fans will be able to vote for their top collegiate player until December 18. To vote, click here.

Illinois' DiBernardo Named Second-Team Academic All-American

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Vanessa DiBernardo of the Illinois women's soccer team was named a second-team Capital One Academic All-American, the College of Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Tuesday.

The senior midfielder studies recreation, sport & tourism, and carries a 3.70 cumulative grade point average. She has been named Academic All-District three times, including a first-team nod in 2013. DiBernardo is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and an NSCAA Scholar All-American.

DiBernardo finished the season with seven goals and seven assists, helping lead the Illini to the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Tournament. She currently holds the school record with 22 career assists and ranks third with 43 goals.

Three Teams Recognized in Latest Top 25 Poll

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Top Drawer Soccer released its weekly top 25 women's soccer poll, with three Big Ten teams garnering recognition. Michigan led the way at No. 6, followed by No. 10 Nebraska and No. 19 Penn State.

Michigan will play in the "Elite 8" of the NCAA Tournament on Friday. The Wolverines will face Virginia at 7 p.m. ET in Charlottesville, Va. The Wolverines will seek a trip to the College Cup for the first time in program history.

For the complete Top Drawer Soccer poll, click here.

Ten Teams Earn NSCAA Team Academic Award

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Ten Big Ten women's soccer programs were awarded the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 2012-13 academic year, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced on Thursday. This award is given to college and high school soccer programs that excel in the classroom and on the field. The Big Ten's representation is listed below. Earning the honor for both their men's and women's soccer teams were Indiana, Northwestern and Penn State.

Illinois - 3.49 GPA
Indiana - 3.42 GPA
Iowa - 3.27 GPA
Minnesota - 3.48 GPA
Nebraska - 3.57 GPA
Northwestern - 3.33 GPA
Ohio State - 3.25 GPA
Penn State - 3.22 GPA
Purdue - 3.20 GPA
Wisconsin - 3.11 GPA

Three Teams Recognized in Latest Top 25 Poll

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Top Drawer Soccer released its top 25 women's soccer poll, with three Big Ten teams receiving recognition. Nebraska led the way at No. 9, followed by No. 10 Michigan and No. 19 Penn State.

For the complete Top Drawer Soccer poll, click here.

Women's Soccer Weekly Honors

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Illinois' Claire Wheatley was named Top Drawer Soccer Player of the Week, while Nebraska's Jaycie Johnson was also named to the organization's Team of the Week. 

Wheatley earned the accolade after making a career-high 11 saves and stopping a pair of penalty kicks to help the Fighting Illini defeat No. 21 Washington State, 3-1, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. She earned her first-career shutout, bringing her season total to 98 saves.

Johnson helped the Cornhuskers advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament after scoring all four goals in the team's 4-0 shutout of Southeastern Louisiana. She currently ranks third in the Big Ten with 17 goals this season.

In the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Illinois will face Portland on Friday at Noon ET, while Nebraska will entertain Boston College on Friday at 3 p.m. ET.

Four Teams Recognized in Latest Top 25 Polls

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Four Big Ten teams were recognized in the latest NSCAA/NCAA Coaches, Soccer America and Top Drawer Soccer top 25 women's soccer polls.

Nebraska checked in at No. 10 in the coaches' poll, followed by No. 11 Michigan and No. 24 Penn State. In the Soccer America weekly poll, Nebraska was ranked No. 7, followed by No. 11 Michigan and No. 25 Iowa. In the Top Drawer Soccer poll, Nebraska earned a No. 10 ranking, followed by No. 13 Michigan and No. 23 Penn State.

All four teams earned berths into the NCAA Tournament, which begins on Friday. Nebraska earned a No. 2 seed in the tournament and will face Southeastern Louisiana on Friday at 3 p.m. ET. Michigan garnered a No. 3 seed and will face Milwaukee on Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Penn State, which was last year's national runner-up, earned a No. 4 seed and will face Monmouth on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET. Iowa will travel to Notre Dame for its first-round match on Friday beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

For the complete NSCAA/NCAA poll, click here.

For the complete NCAA Tournament bracket, click here.

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