Big Ten Announces Women's Soccer All-Big Ten Teams And Individual Awards
Nov. 4, 2004
PARK RIDGE, IL - The Big Ten office announced the 2004 All-Big Ten and All-Freshman women's soccer teams, as well as individual award winners today. Penn State, the 2004 Conference Champion, claimed three of the four individual honors as Tiffany Weimer and Natalie Jacobs were selected as the Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively, while Nittany Lions head coach, Paula Wilkins was honored as Coach of the Year for the third time in her career. Ohio State's Lara Dickenmann also claimed an individual laurel as she was tabbed Freshman of the Year.
A preseason Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy candidate, Weimer dominated the weekly honors, as she earned Offensive Player of the Week six times this year. On the season, the junior forward has tallied 22 goals and nine assists, while ranking second nationally in points per game (2.94) and goals per game (1.22).
All-American candidate Natalie Jacobs is part of a Nittany Lion defense that leads the nation in goals against average (.268) and shutout percentage (.78), with just five goals against in 18 games played and 14 shutouts on the season.
Ohio State's Lara Dickenmann is the third Buckeye to claim Freshman of the Year honors, the first since Lisa Grubb received the award in 2001. Dickenmann has made an immediate impact on the field for the Buckeyes as she has posted eight goals and eight assists on the year.
Penn State's Paula Wilkins becomes the first women's coach to earn back-to-back Coach of the Year accolades. Wilkins guided the Nittany Lions to a 16-1-1 overall record, their best regular season finish ever and a perfect 10-0 in Conference play. Penn State is currently ranked No. 3 in the latest NSCAA/adidas National Rankings and enters this year's Big Ten Tournament as the top seed.
The Conference office also announced honorees from each team for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. The student-athletes chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, the student-athletes must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. Honorees for women's soccer are Illinois' Rachel Frank, Indiana's Kristen Zmijewski, Iowa's Britta Vogele, Michigan's Laura Tanchon, Michigan State's Abby Shepherd, Minnesota's Regina Moench, Northwestern's Carolyn Hack, Ohio State's Erica Nollen, Penn State's Erin McLeod, Purdue's Kristin Lichtenberg and Wisconsin's Jessica Ring. These eleven student-athletes are now candidates for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, as the Conference office will select one male and one female student-athlete from each institution at the end of the school year.
The complete 2004 All-Big Ten Teams follow:
2004 Women's Soccer All-Big Ten Teams
2004 Women's Soccer All-Freshman Team
Sportsmanship Award Honorees
Offensive Player of the Year: TIFFANY WEIMER, PSU
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