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NSCAA Honors Blugold Soccer Players
Posted: Thursday, December 11, 2008
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - UW-Eau Claire soccer players Liz Kooistra (Sr. -Lakeville, Minn.) and Allie Rivard (Sr. -Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) have been named to this year's National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-America Second Team, while two others were named NSCAA All-Central Region members, NSCAA officials recently announced.
Kooistra was this year's Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year and was a first team All-WIAC member. She tied for most assists on the team this year with 11, and tied a school record for most assists in a career with 29. Overall Kooistra was third on the team with 11 goals and 33 points this season. Last season Kooistra earned NSCAA All-Central Region honors.
Rivard earned WIAC Scholar-Athlete honors and was also a first team All-WIAC member. Rivard established a conference record with 2,140 minutes in goal this year and posted a 0.63 goals against average and 10 shutouts. Her 10 shutouts represent the most in school history in a single season and the sixth-highest total in league history. She accumulated a 0.47 career goals against average which places her first on the WIAC chart. Rivard is also second on the Blugolds' all-time list with 17 shutouts in her career. Rivard earned NSCAA All-Central Region honors a year ago.
Kooistra and Rivard also appeared on the NSCAA's All-Central Region team, with both earning first team honors. Amy Smith (Sr.-Bloomington, Minn./Thomas Jefferson) and Allison Smith (Sr.-Bloomington, Minn./Thomas Jefferson) were also selected to the All-Central Region team as third team members.
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