Women's Soccer Takes Home Multiple Awards (Video)
ST. PAUL - The Martin Luther College women's soccer team had seven players receive All-UMAC honors. The Knights also had members of the team receive recognition as the top offensive player, newcomer and coach in the conference.
Senior Bethany Schultz was named Co-Offensive Player of the Year in the conference to go along with First Team All-UMAC honors, while first-year midfielder Jenna Maurer was named Second Team All-UMAC and Co-Rookie of the Year. Coach Jeff Schone was honored as the UMAC Coach of the Year.
Also receiving all-conference recognition were Alex Hastings (First Team All-UMAC) and Casey Sauer (Second Team All-UMAC), while Alydia Lee, Alyssa Maertz and Rachel Naumann all received honorable mention.
Schultz led the Knights with 45 points and 13 assists, and tied for the team lead with 16 goals. She finished her four-year career in the top three all-time at MLC with 114 points, 41 goals, and 32 assists. This was the third time in her four-year career that she was named First Team All-UMAC.
Hastings finished third on the team in goals with 11 goals, ten of which came in conference play. Her ten goals in conference play were eighth-most in the conference.
Maurer tied for the team lead with 16 goals, and finished second with six assists and 38 points. Her 12 goals in league play were the third most in the conference this season.
Sauer played a key role in the MLC defense, snuffing out attacks in the midfield while also contributing three goals and seven points offensively.
Schone was honored as the Coach of the Year for the first time in his career after leading the Knights to their first UMAC Tournament appearance since 2005, and their first ten-win season in conference play in program history. The team's 12 wins tied for the third most in program history.
Lee, Maertz and Naumann each played important roles on defense for the Knights, with Maertz also adding two goals and one assist on the offensive side. The Knights finished the conference season with a goals against average of 2.36.
Naumann was also the MLC recipient of the Sportsmanship Award, which goes to one member of each team who exhibits great sportsmanship throughout the season.
For the full release of all the conference honorees, click on the link above. For the video interview with Bethany Schultz and Jenna Maurer talking about their award-winning season, see the embedded video below.