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.
"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.