Sixteen Big Ten Conference women’s soccer standouts have earned a place on the 2016 All-Great Lakes Region Team, it was announced today by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Seven of those 16 selections were named to the NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region First Team, putting them in position to garner NSCAA All-America honors next month.
Minnesota, which claimed a share of the Big Ten Championship and its first Big Ten Tournament title since 2008, had three of its senior students receive first-team all-region accolades, as defender Rashida Beal, forward Simone Kolander and midfielder Josee Stiever were chosen.
Following a share of its first-ever Big Ten Championship and the program’s first trip to the third round (Sweet 16) of the NCAA Tournament since 1998, Northwestern saw junior goalkeeper Lauren Clem and sophomore defender Kayla Sharples garner all-region honors. The Wildcats had two other students collect third-team all-region plaudits in sophomore defender Hannah Davison and sophomore midfielder Marisa Viggiano.
Wisconsin senior midfielder Rose Lavelle and Nebraska senior forward Jaycie Johnson were the other Big Ten students to receive NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region First Team selections.
Penn State had three second-team all-region honorees in junior defender Elizabeth Ball, junior forward Frannie Crouse and senior midfielder Nickolette Driesse. Also making the NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region Second Team were a pair of Rutgers students — senior defender Erin Smith and senior forward Madison Tiernan.
Joining Davison and Viggiano in receiving third-team all-region honors were Nebraska senior defender Sydney Miramontez and Ohio State senior forward Lindsay Agnew.