Lakeland Honors Several Players at Awards Banquet
Athletics - posted on 2/3/2006
Several players were honored when the Lakeland College soccer program recently held its annual team awards banquet.
Most Valuable Player of the Year awards went to senior Briana Plautz (midfield; Green Bay) for the women's team and senior Ryan Holl (defender; Plymouth, Ind.) for the men's team. The MVP award can be seen in stats, but is also seen as the overall team leader. This person has talent and leadership, both on and off the field. Their work ethic is to guide others down their path to be a well-rounded person, not just on the field. Their honors on the field are seen daily from every player.
Plautz started in all 21 games and led the team with nine assists. The senior also switched from playing stopper to midfield this season, a position she had never played before. Holl was without question the leader on the men's program. He was not only the vocal leader, but he led by example each day. The captain started in 15 games.
Senior Susan Webb (midfield; Mosinee) and sophomore Chris Christopherson (midfield; Kiel) received the Coach's Award. This award is given each year to the player that exudes hard work and constant improvement. The winner is a player that drives to perform the best, and although stats may not show it, their heart is a factor in the game.
Offensive Player of the Year honors went to sophomores Marie Reynolds (forward; Fond du Lac) and Zach Buchman (forward/midfield; Waterford). Reynolds led the Muskies with 24 points scoring 10 goals, of which three were game winners, and registering four assists on the season. Buchman was tied for second on the team in goals scored with five, while adding one assist.
Defensive Player of the Year honors went to juniors Alli Weiss (goalkeeper; New Berlin) and Landing Sonko (midfield; Fajara M Section, Gambia). Weiss recorded a Lakeland record 14 shutouts in goal this season, and she tied the record for goals against average, allowing only 0.89 goals a game. Sonko was an important player for Lakeland on the defensive end, starting in 16 of the team's 17 games.
The men's team played a tough schedule filled with perennial NCAA tournament teams and finished 6-8-4 overall, while tying for third in the Lake Michigan Conference at 3-1-3. Five of their six non-conference losses were by one goal.
The women's team capped off a memorable season with the school's second-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. The Muskies finished the season 14-5-2, and 6-1-1 in the conference, and had an impressive 11-game unbeaten streak to close out the regular season.
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