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Soccer Earns Seven All-WIAC Selections
Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2007
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. - The UW-Eau Claire women's soccer team earned seven All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) selections in addition to earning the Player of the Year and Coach of the Year, it was announced today by conference sports information director Matt Stanek.
The seven All-WIAC selections is tied for the most in one season by the Blugolds and the most by any WIAC team since Stevens Point in 2001. Last years Blugolds squad also had seven All-WIAC honorees along with Scholar-Athlete and Coach of the Year. The Blugolds won their third straight WIAC regular season and tournament title in addition to earning their third straight birth to the NCAA post-season tournament.
Named to the All-WIAC team were Anna Talbot (Sr.- Apple Valley, MN/Eastview), who was also named the conference's Player of the Year, forward Liz Kooistra (Jr.- Lakeville, MN), midfielder Haelee Maurer, (Fr.- Appleton, WI/West), midfielder Allison Muer (Jr.- Minneapolis, MN/South), goalie Allie Rivard (Jr.- Plymouth, MN/Wayzata), defender Allison Smith (Jr.- Bloomington, MN/Thomas Jefferson), and forward Amy Smith (Jr.- Bloomington, MN/Thomas Jefferson). Head coach Sean Yengo earned his third consecutive WIAC Coach of the Year award.
Allison Smith and Talbot were a part of a Blugolds defense that was first in the league for goals allowed (0.48/game) and goals against average (0.46/game). Talbot and Smith were a part of a defense that led the league in shutouts with 14. Allison Smith is a three-time All-WIAC selection, she had two goals and eight assists. Smith was fourth in the WIAC for assist with (8).
Kooistra, a three-time All-WIAC choice, had eight goals and seven assists for Eau Claire. Kooistra was tied for sixth in the WIAC for total points with 23. Kooistra was sixth in the league with seven assist.
Maurer and Muer were a part of the Blugolds offense that led the WIAC with 109 corner kicks this season. Maurer had six goals and six assists and was ninth in the league with 18 points. Muer had three goals and two assists for the Blugolds.
Rivard, a second-time All-WIAC choice, played in 19 games for Eau Claire. Rivard allowed three goals and had 33 saves with a save percentage of .892. Rivard had eight wins and four shutouts. Rivard lead the league in save percentage and goals allowed.
Amy Smith, a second-time All-WIAC choice, scored 13 goals for the Blugolds and had 10 assists. Smith was third in the WIAC for total points with 36. Smith was also third in the league for goals (13) and second in the league for assists (10).
UW-Eau Claire head coach Sean Yengo was voted coach of the Year for the third consecutive season. Yengo directed the squad 18 victories, the WIAC regular season title, the WIAC tournament crown and a spot in the NCAA tournament. Yengo in his 11th year with the Blugolds had accumulated a 150-61-17 record. His 150 victories rank second on the conference's all-time list.
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