FREELAND, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) announced the 2018 women's soccer All-MIAA Awards on Friday, Oct. 26, with five Bulldogs receiving the honors. Senior Rachel Rodeheffer, juniors Caroline Fleming, Ayverie Giller, and sophomore Megan Louwers were all named to the All-MIAA First Team and freshman McKenna Mahoney was named to the All-MIAA Second Team. The five selections are tied for the most in program history with 2011 when four players were chosen as First Team players and one more earned Second Team honors.
Rodeheffer has been Adrian's stalwart on the back line, allowing only 14 goals in 17 matches for a 0.81 average. The defense has been even better in conference matches, conceding four goals in eight matches. Rodeheffer has 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 finale against Albion on Oct. 24. This is Rodeheffer's second consecutive year being named to the All-MIAA First Team.
Head Coach Ali Alamdari said "Rachel continued her role as one of the top defenders in the league, and did an incredible job along with Brooke Teska in integrating two freshmen into the starting lineup. I think we're set up for success for years to come as a result of the example she's provided."
Fleming is the Bulldogs' leader in goals, assists, and points for the second straight year, scoring nine times this year, and assisting seven times for a total of 25 points. Fleming has scored twice three times this year, and 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. She is tops in the MIAA in goals, assists, and points in conference matches as well, with seven goals and five assists for 19 points in matches against MIAA foes. This is also Fleming's second consecutive year being named to the All-MIAA First Team.
"Caroline took her game to another level this season, and she's been a huge part of our improvement over the past two years, both in terms of goalscoring and leadership. We've had several coaches from other conference comment on how she stacks up against the best in the region, and we're looking forward to her taking yet another step next season," Alamdari said.
Giller has been the starting keeper all year and has played a key role in helping Adrian have one of the best defenses in the conference. Giller is third in the conference in goals against average, allowing just 0.94 goals per match this season. Her three goals against in conference play puts her second in the conference. Giller is tied for the most wins in conference games, with seven. This is Giller's first time named to the All-MIAA First Team. She was named to the All-MIAA Second Team a season ago.
"Ayverie had set a goal of making the first team this season, and she's certainly deserving," Alamdari said. "She made some massive saves on the road early in MIAA play that really changed the course of our year. She's our vocal leader during matches, and it's been awesome watching her develop over the past three years into the player and person she's become."
Louwers has had an immediate impact in her first season as a Bulldog, tied for second on the team in goals and points with seven goals and 17 points. Her four goals in conference matches is fifth-best in the MIAA and her nine points in seventh in the conference. This is Louwers' first time being named to the All-MIAA First Team.
Alamdari said "Megan was a phenomenal addition to this year's squad. She scored our first goal of the season on an upper-90 rocket volley against Wooster, and I think it still stands as our best. Since then, she's continued to grow into a player that's constantly dangerous and we can't wait to see what's in the future for her.
Mahoney has had an excellent freshman campaign and is tied with Louwers for second in goals and points. She is also tied with Louwers for fifth in goals in conference play. Her 11 points in conference matches is good for third in the MIAA. Mahoney is also tied with Fleming for the team lead in game-winning goals, with three on the season.
Alamdari had this to say about the freshman: "McKenna had a bit of a slow start as she acclimated to the college level, but once she flipped the switch she's been on fire. Over the years we've been fortunate to have some great pairings up top. When both wingers are capable of scoring goals at any moment, it forces opposing defenses to make a lot of tough decisions."
Fleming, Louwers, and Mahoney have been a three-headed offensive monster all year for the Black and Gold. The trio helped make Adrian the highest scoring team in the conference, finding the back of the net 41 times over 17 matches for an average of 2.41 per match.
"As we went through the nomination and voting process, I was struck by how many top quality players were present in the league this year all across the MIAA," Alamdari said. "Individual recognition is usually the result of team success and we're proud of every member of this team that has made this season possible. We're extremely appreciative of the coaches around the league that felt these players in particular deserved special recognition."
The Bulldogs will host a semifinal match in the MIAA Tournament on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. in Docking Stadium against the winner of Calvin vs. Kalamazoo on Oc.t 27.
2018 Women's Soccer All-MIAA First Team
F – Hilary Curry, Hope
F – Caroline Fleming, Adrian
F – Libby Munoz, Kalamazoo
M – Rylie Dalton, Hope
M – Samantha LaRocca, Albion
M – Megan Louwers, Adrian
M – Mackenna Nesky, Calvin
D – Eliza Beard, Hope
D – Sarah George, Kalamazoo
D – Kali Mouw, Calvin
D – Rachel Rodeheffer, Adrian
GK – Ayverie Giller, Adrian
2018 Women's Soccer All-MIAA Second Team
F – Grace Bubin, Hope
F – Riley Burnette, Albion
F – McKenna Mahoney, Adrian
F – Rose Stackhouse, Saint Mary's
M – Emma Essen, Olivet
M/D – Mikenna Ray, Albion
D/M – Alyssa Brooks, Albion
D – Morgan Buursma, Hope
D – Ann Fetzer, Olivet
D – Kristen Marsman, Hope
D – Emily Van Vliet, Calvin
GK – Megan Bricely, Albion
2018 Women's Soccer Most Valuable Player
Rylie Dalton, Hope