Four Big Ten Conference women’s soccer students received All-America honors for the 2016 season, it was announced today by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
Wisconsin senior midfielder Rose Lavelle led the 2016 Big Ten All-America quartet, earning All-America accolades for the third time with a place on this year’s second team. She is the first student in Badger women’s soccer history to receive three All-America citations.
Reigning Big Ten tri-champion and Big Ten Tournament victor Minnesota saw senior defender Rashida Beal selected for second-team All-America status. It was Beal’s first career All-America award and the second is as many seasons for a Golden Gopher — Simone Kolander was a third-team All-American last year.
Northwestern junior goalkeeper Lauren Clem earned third-team All-America recognition this year after helping the Wildcats to a share of their first-ever Big Ten Championship and the program’s first trip to the third round (Sweet 16) of the NCAA Tournament since 1998. Clem is the first Northwestern women’s soccer student ever to receive All-America honors.
Nebraska senior forward Jaycie Johnson also collected third-team All-America plaudits on Friday. Johnson is the first Cornhusker named an All-American since 2013 when Ari Romero garnered second-team honors.
This year’s NSCAA All-America selections will be honored at the 2017 NSCAA Convention as part of the NSCAA All-America Luncheon on Jan. 14, 2017, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.