Women's Soccer Trio Garners All-MVC Accolades
EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Three members of Drake women's soccer team garnered All-Missouri Valley Conference honors when the league announced its annual plaudits at the tournament banquet in Evansville, Ind., on Thursday evening (Nov. 7).
Senior Megan Fisher (Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny) was honored as first-team All-MVC selection for the third consecutive year, while freshman Rebecca Rodgers (Peotone, Ill./Peotone) collected second-team All-MVC recognition. Rodgers and fellow freshman Sarah Grace Nicholson (Overland Park, Kan./Olathe East) were tabbed to the All-Freshman team.
“It is exciting to have three players recognized by the league for their contributions during MVC play,” Drake head coach Lindsey Horner commented. “This is a great reward for these three, but I am more excited for our team as a whole to be experiencing the semifinals and to take the field tomorrow night with a great opportunity to fight our way into the championship game.”
A four-time all-conference selection, Fisher directed a defensive unit that posted three shutouts this fall. Offensively, she provided an assist on four shots, while starting all 77 games of her Drake career.
“Megan (Fisher) was on her game and was an impact player in league games for us this season,” said Horner.
Turning in an impressive season as a freshman was Rodgers, who paces the Bulldogs in goals (5), while ranking second in points (10) and shots on goal (21) and third in shots (47). She finds herself rated seventh in the MVC in goals per game (0.28) and ninth in shots per contest (2.61).
“Rebecca (Rodgers) is going to be an exciting player to watch grow throughout her career as MVC opponents only caught glimpses of what she is capable of doing with the ball,” Horner explained.
Crafting a stellar rookie campaign from her defender's slot was Nicholson, who started 13 of the 19 games in which she appeared. She has helped Drake record three shutouts, including two in conference action this season.
“Sarah Grace (Nicholson) has been a presence defensively for us, but she's also quick and tidy on the ball,” Horner stated. “She found ways to impact both direct and possession-based games, which can be rare for freshmen.”
Drake received this year's MVC Fair Play award given to the team that receives the fewest red and yellow cards combined during conference play.
The Bulldogs (3-11-5) return to action on Friday (Nov. 8) at the MVC Championship battling second-seeded Indiana State in a 3:30 p.m. semifinal tilt.