KANSAS CITY – The United Soccer Coaches (USC) announced the 2018 women's soccer All-Region Awards on Monday, Nov. 26, with four Bulldogs being named to the All-Central Region team. Junior Caroline Fleming and sophomore Megan Louwers were named to the Second Team while senior Rachel Rodeheffer and junior Ayverie Giller and were all named to the Third Team. This is the first time in school history that Adrian has had four players named All-Region. Last season Fleming was named to the Second Team and Rodeheffer picked up Third Team honors. In addition to being named All-Region players, each of the four were also named to the All-MIAA First Team this season as well.
Fleming finished the year tied for the team lead in goals and leading the team in assists and points, setting new career highs in goals and points, with 11 and 31, respectively. She tied her career-high for points in a game with six points from two goals and two assists in the Oct. 20 match at Trine. Fleming also led the conference in points and assists (nine), and was tied for third in the MIAA for goals. This marks Fleming's second consecutive year being named to the All-Central Region Second Team.
Louwers made an immediate impact in her first season as a Bulldog, finishing third on the team in goals and points, with eight and 20, respectively. She played a big part in the Bulldogs' semifinal win over Calvin, assisting on the game-winning goal and scoring a goal of her own to seal the deal.
Rodeheffer was Adrian's stalwart on the back line, allowing only 15 goals in 21 matches for a 0.70 average. Rodeheffer contributed on the offensive end as well, scoring three goals this year, including two on Monday, Oct. 22 against North Central College. She also added an assist in the conference championship match against Hope on Saturday, Nov. 3 to help secure Adrian's first MIAA Tournament Championship. This is Rodeheffer's second consecutive year being named to the All-Central Region Third Team.
Giller started every match in goal for the Bulldogs and played a key role in helping Adrian have one of the best defenses in the conference. Giller finished tied for second in the conference in goals against average, allowing just 0.80 goals per match this season. She played a key role in the team's shutout streak of 574 minutes and 52 seconds without allowing a goal.
This season was one of the best seasons in program history. The Bulldogs won 14 games, second-most in a season after the 17 win and regular season title year in 2011. Adrian won its first-ever MIAA Tournament Championship which qualified the Black and Gold for the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Tournament for the first time in program history. The Bulldogs ended up losing to Loras in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament in double overtime on a free kick from just outside the box in the 103rd minute.