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Soccer Selects Team Award Winners
By: Kevin Meinholz, Sports Information Director
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (UWECBlugolds.com) - UW-Eau Claire soccer coach Sean Yengo recently announced the 2009 team award winners at its end-of-the-year banquet.
Alli Kishaba (Sr.-Eau Claire, Wis./Memorial) was selected as this year's Most Valuable Player. Kishaba started 19 games this season and finished with three goals and two assists. Kishaba also earned All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) honors this season while also being named the WIAC All-Sportsmanship Team. Kishaba received the team's playmaker of the year award as well.
Selected as the Offensive Most Valuable Player was Shyla Gilbertson (Fr.-Waunakee, Wis.). She led Eau Claire with 23 points from 10 goals, including a team-high three game-winners, and three assists. Gilbertson was also honored as the Alumni Freshman Player of the Year. She also earned All-WIAC honors earlier this season.
Megan Hillesheim (Jr.-Ham Lake, Minn./Blaine), who was also named to the All-WIAC team this year, earned the team's defensive most valuable player award. She was part of a defense that held opponents to 169 shots and 28 goals while the Blugolds tallied 349 and 50, respectively. Hillesheim also picked up four assists.
Earning most improved honors was Emily Moore (Fr.-Brookfield, Wis./Brookfield Central), also a defender. She played in 19 games and started the final five.
Other team award winners were: Richelle Shannon (Jr.-Eau Claire, Wis./Memorial) (1v1 Champion), Gilbertson (Heading Challenge), Ali Mater (Jr.-Elm Grove, Wis./Brookfield East) (Long-Range Shooting), Sam Krueger (Sr.-Elkhorn, Wis.) (Heading Clearance Challenge), Emily Kidd (So.-St. Paul, Minn./Como Park) (Blugold Olympics), Moore (Champions League) and Cameron Stoeger (So.-Milwaukee, Wis./Brown Deer) (LRS/Heading challenge/1v1's Goals Against Average).
Next year's capatins were also announced at the banquet and they are Andrea Hull (Jr.-Eau Claire, Wis./Memorial), Walker and Hillesheim.