ROYAL OAK, Mich. - The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) handed out its all-conference selections on Wednesday (Nov. 10) and the Adrian College women's soccer team had one first-teamer and two second-teamers on the list.
Freshman Sam Barker (Temperance, Mich./Bedford) was a midfield honoree and became the 15th Bulldog since 1989 to be named First Team All-MIAA. She also is the third freshman at Adrian College to be named First Team All-MIAA joining Karen Blake (1989) and Erin Roe (1991). Barker led the MIAA in all games in shots (84), points (44), goals (17) and assists (10). She ranked third in shots (31), third in points (15), fourth in goals (6) and fifth in assists (3) in MIAA contests. Barker had a record-breaking season as a rookie as she set Adrian College single-season records for points, goals and shots. In addition, she already ranks eighth in AC history in points and goals.
"Sam had a big load on her shoulders from day one, but she did a phenomenal job of handling the pressure," said head coach Ali Alamdari. "She had a fairly serious ankle injury midseason which limited her mobility and caused a great deal of discomfort, but you wouldn't know it by the way she competed game after game. We played her out of position for most of the MIAA season to limit the physical toll on her, yet she was still able to be dangerous and impress. She's a humble, hard-working, team player and provided a great example of what Bulldog soccer is all about."
Sophomore Patti Vaassen (Ann Arbor, Mich./Saline) was a Second Team All-MIAA choice on defense. Vaassen ranked second on the team with 10 points and was fourth in all games in the MIAA in assists (6). She also ranked ninth in assists (2) and 10th in points (6) in conference games.
"This was really a breakout year for Patti," said Alamdari. "She was consistently one of our best defensive performers on a daily basis throughout the season, and several other MIAA coaches mentioned how important she was for us this year. She's spent a lot of time working on her set piece delivery, and it paid off all year long with some key goals and assists."
Sophomore Lauren Cozzi (Roselle, Ill./St. Viator) was named Second Team All-MIAA at midfield for the second straight season. Cozzi was the table-setter for the Bulldogs and has the best ball control skills on the team. She finished the season with two goals and one assist.
"Lauren has one of the most difficult roles on the team as a
holding midfielder, and has done a fantastic job of providing
quality service to the attack, while still being mindful of her
defensive responsibilities," said Alamdari. "We challenged her last
offseason to step up into a
leadership role on the field, and she made some great strides in that respect. Throughout the league, Lauren has a reputation for her strength on the ball and I think she was very deserving of being a back-to-back All-MIAA selection."