Three First-Team Selections Highlight All-MIAA Women's Soccer Awards

Three First-Team Selections Highlight All-MIAA Women's Soccer Awards

ROYAL OAK, Mich. - The women's soccer coaches of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) met this morning to pick this year's All-MIAA teams for the 2012 season. Adrian College was well represented with three players on the first team and one additional player on the second team.

Senior goalkeeper Chayna Wallace (Temperance/Bedford HS), senior defender Patti Vaassen (Ann Arbor/Saline HS) and sophomore forward Erin Weide (Madison Heights/Bishop Foley HS) were all selected as First Team All-MIAA while senior midfielder Courtney Pomeroy (St. Clair Shores/Lake Shore HS) was named Second Team All-MIAA.

Wallace becomes the first First Team All-MIAA keeper from Adrian since 2002 (Sarah Moulik) and led the team to 11 shutouts, ranking as the most in the MIAA this season and also establishing a new school record. Wallace ranks 26th in NCAA Division III in save percentage despite facing the fourth highest amount of shots in the MIAA. She earned MIAA Defensive Player of the Week honors during week four this season and leaves as Adrian's all-time leader in shutouts, save percentage and wins.

"We brought three strong keepers into the team this year with hopes of challenging Chayna, and she was phenomenal all season long. I can't think of a single soft goal that went in all season, she came up huge whenever her team needed a big performance. Her game against Calvin in the MIAA Tournament was possibly the best of her career. She definitely set the bar high for whoever steps into the net next season and beyond," said head coach Ali Alamdari.

Vaassen is a repeat First Teamer from 2011 and was also named Second Team in 2010. She committed a total of just one foul all season playing a clean but aggressive defense. Vaassen was responsible for all corner kicks and most free kicks and contributed three assists on the season. Vaassen was asked to consistently mark the opposing team's number one option and performed admirably in 2012. She leaves Adrian as the career leader for a defensive player in goals, assists and points.

"Patti has been penciled in at left back since her sophomore year and this year she yet again did an amazing job, often responsible for taking on the most difficult one-on-one assignment that each game had to offer. Her precision on corners and set pieces will be missed, she's going to be a tough one to replace. It's very rare for a defender to earn All-MIAA honors for three out of four years, but Patti certainly earned it with her consistent performances in big moments," commented Alamdari.

Weide led all MIAA players in goals (18) and points (40) this season and was also selected MIAA Most Valuable Player. She become's the second Bulldog in consecutive years to receive that honor. Weide ranked 27th in NCAA Division III in goals and 34th in points. She ranked 10th in the nation with six game-winning goals including two in overtime. Weide is a repeat performer from last year and was also the offensive player of the week in the MIAA in week seven.
"This was an extremely difficult season to earn All-MIAA honors as a forward, there were quite a few that stood out this year. That said, Weide was truly one of the best players in the nation, she was ranked in just about every offensive category and was a huge part of our success this season. Her impact always seemed to come in the big games and big moments, the two overtime game-winners against Kalamazoo and Hope were great examples of her putting the team on her back and willing us to victory," said Alamdari.

Pomeroy has served as team captain over the past two seasons and provided two game-winning goals in 2012. She was named MIAA Offensive Player of the Week in week nine and was second on the team in goals (5) and points (13) among active players at the end of the season.

"It's not often that the unsung heroes get the recognition they deserve, but Pomeroy made a compelling case for herself this year with her play down the stretch. She's been a great leader for this team as a captain and she's worked hard at becoming a goalscoring threat throughout her career. We've changed her position every season, but she never complained and continued to work hard for the good of the team. We spent much of this offseason looking for the "next Pomeroy" on the recruiting trail, and that's a testament to just how much she's engrained herself into our system at Adrian," replied Alamdari.
"Everyone across the league got to see how strong the MIAA was this year in women's soccer, so we're humbled to have received this kind of representation on the All-MIAA Teams. To have three seniors receive all-conference honors is a testament to the impact that the entire 2012 senior class has had on this program, and it's a reflection of the respect that all eight of them have earned among the MIAA's coaches. Whether or not their names appear on plaques, this entire senior class has changed Adrian soccer forever and it will not be easy to see them go," explained Alamdari.
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