Women's soccer players net all-conference honors
Athletics - posted on 11/14/2008
Four players on the Lakeland women's soccer team have earned All-Northern Athletics Conference recognition, as the league announced its 2008 all-conference awards Friday.
Freshman forward Lindsay Rogers was selected to the second team and the All-Freshman team, while senior Amy Christenson and freshmen Kristi Borts and Autumn Gaylor garnered honorable mention accolades. Borts and Gaylor also made the All-Freshman squad. The Muskies finished the 2008 season with a 10-9 overall record, including a 6-6 mark in the NAC.
Rogers, a Sheboygan native, led the team with 17 goals on the season, starting all 19 matches for the Muskies. Rogers helped ignite an offense that finished 11th in the league in goals in 2007. She posted four goals in her first two collegiate contests, both Muskie victories.
"This was a pretty strong year for forwards in our conference, so any other year, Lindsay would be pushing for first-team honors," Lakeland head coach David Madsen said.
"Last year, our goal production was down, so she really gave us a boost up front this year."
Christenson, a co-captain, finished second to Rogers with 13 goals. The Dodgeville native started all 19 contests for Lakeland. She also registered All-NAC honorable mention in 2006.
"Amy is always an attacking threat on the wing," Madsen said. "A lot of times, teams would try and figure out how to defend her rather than how to attack her. She gave teams some problems."
Borts also started all 19 games for the Muskies, posting a
team-leading eight assists as well as six goals. The Greenfield native assisted on both Lakeland goals in the team's season finale, a 2-1 home triumph over Marian on Oct. 29.
"Kristi didn't start the year as well as I had hoped, but she came on strong at the end of the season, especially in the Marian game," Madsen said. "She found some consistency, and has good vision and an eye for the killer pass."
As the team's starting central defender, Gaylor evolved as the
team's leader in the back as the season progressed. The Ingleside, Ill., native started 15 matches for Lakeland, and posted a goal at Concordia Wisconsin back on Oct. 21.
"Once Autumn discovered that the central defender was her natural position, she really developed into a leader for us," Madsen said. "She has good athleticism and is a difficult obstacle for opponents to get around."
Conference tournament champion Edgewood swept all major conference awards, including offensive and defensive player of the year, freshman of the year and coach of the year.
To see a complete list of All-Northern Athletics Conference award winners for women's soccer, click here
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