Drake Women's Soccer Unveils Annual Team Awards
DES MOINES, Iowa - The Drake women's soccer team celebrated its 2013 campaign at the squad's annual award dinner on Saturday (April 5) as head coach Lindsey Horner handed out awards to eight student-athletes.
Senior Paige Dusek (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles North) was honored as the Bulldogs' most valuable offensive player. Turning in a stellar campaign as a senior, Dusek paced the Bulldogs in goals (5), assists (2), points (12), shots (63), shots on goal (25), games played (20) and games started (20). She finished her Drake career ranked fifth, ninth and 10th, respectively, in shots (141), goals (11) and points (28).
Claiming the squad's most valuable defensive player honors for the fourth-straight season was senior Megan Fisher (Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny). This award is given to the player who in the eyes of the team was the most valuable defensive player during the season. Fisher capped her impressive Drake career with an outstanding senior campaign in which she directed a defensive unit that posted three shutouts this past fall en route to first-team All-MVC honors for the third consecutive season. Offensively, she provided an assist on four shots.
The Bulldogs’ newcomer of the year award went to freshman Rebecca Rodgers (Peotone, Ill./Peotone). Crafting a stellar rookie campaign that culminated with second-team All-MVC accolades was Rodgers, who started all 19 games in which she appeared and led the team in goals (5), while ranking second in points (10), shots on goal (21) and game-winning goals (1) and third in shots (48).
The most improved player award went to freshman Sarah Grace Nicholson (Overland Park, Kan./Olathe East). The honor is bestowed upon the player whose contributions on the field have shown the most improvement from the previous season as well as through the course of the fall season. Nicholson started 13 of the 19 games in which she appeared and made strong contributions to a Drake defensive unit that recorded three shutouts, including two in conference games this season.
The Amber Clapp (Player's Award) was given to senior Ann Hoover (Nevada, Iowa/Nevada). This award is given to the member of the team who, in the eyes of her teammates, embodies the values, ideals, and spirit of the team. The Players' Award values contributions made off the field and recognizes the player who, through her attitude and actions, acts as an ambassador for Drake women's soccer.
The Coaches' Award went to Fisher. The coaching staff awards the honor to the player who has maintained the highest standards both on and off the field in the areas of performance, effort, and enthusiasm.
The Academic Excellence award went to Hoover, junior Spencer Vasey (Johnston, Iowa/Johnston) and sophomore Emma Winstead (Iowa City, Iowa/Iowa City West), who boast 3.79, 4.0 and 4.0 overall grade-point averages, respectively, majoring in marketing, marketing and journalism and pre-pharmacy. The award is given to the player(s) who earned the highest GPA in a calendar year. Each maintained a 4.0 for both the spring and fall semesters for 2013.
The final honor of the evening was the Spring Finisher award, which was presented to junior Ashlie Stokes (Sioux City, Iowa/Sioux City North). This spring, each Friday a soccer competition was held as well as a weight room event. Each individual earned points based on their performance on Fridays, in addition to their improvements in speed testing, fitness, and max outs in certain lifts throughout the course of the indoor season.
Drake also celebrated the careers of its six seniors in Dusek, Fisher, Hoover, Kalena Litch (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata), Charlie Maxwell (Noblesville, Ind./Noblesville) and Brittany Schuling (Bondurant, Iowa/Bondurant-Farrar).