FREELAND, Mich. – The Adrian College women's soccer team saw a quintet of athletes honored as All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Associations (MIAA) selections released Thursday afternoon, headlined by Caroline Fleming with her first team selection and Most Valuable Player Title. Also joining the first team was Megan Louwers, Sarah Brannan and Ayverie Giller, while Angela Davis was the lone second team honoree.
In the program's fifth decade, it has added a fifth MVP honor to its list, have claimed the honor from 2011-2014 (Sam Barker 2011 & 2013, Erin Weide 2012 & 2014)
Fleming's first team honor marks her third appearance on the list. The Grosse Ile, Mich native spent the entire regular season proving herself to be an asset to the program, so it comes as no surprise that she was awarded the MIAA Most Valuable Player honor.
"Caroline joins elite company at Adrian, and we're appreciative that the coaches throughout the conference recognized her level of play this year." said head coach Ali Alamdari. "She has had a great deal of pressure on her shoulders from an early point in her career, but has continued to elevate her game every season."
Fleming has been a beast offensively, leading the team and conference in the categories of goals (13), assists (10), points (36), shots on-goal (40) and game-winners (4). She was also named the MIAA Offensive Player of the Week for the week ending Sept. 22.
The senior ranks within the top-five in many program records, owning the title of most prolific helper with her 30 assists. She ranks third in points with 102, and fourth in goals with 36 and game-winning goals with 11.
Joining her classmate on the first team was Giller, the starting goalkeeper for the Bulldogs, with her second first team appearance, third All-Conference selection overall. The Grand Ledge, Mich. native posted the most wins of any goalie in the conference with eight, going 5-1 in conference play. She had a league-leading .18 goals against average in MIAA competition.
"Ayverie had to work through a lot of challenges early in the year when we were dealing with injuries in the back and rotating through different looks during a tough non-conference schedule, but she came through when it mattered most. Giller and Page will go down as one of the best goalkeeping tandems in school history and this award is a testament to both of them and how they have made each other better over the past three years." said Alamdari.
Also a repeat offender, Louwers made the first team list. The junior has appeared in 19 contests thus far, making 17 starts. She ranks fifth on the team in goals with five (two game-winners), also posting three assists for 13 points.
The head coach had this to say about Louwers' 2019 performances, "Megan was used in several different roles this year, her understanding of the game and technical ability helped her make the most of the seemingly daily transition that she had to go through. She's an extremely humble and hard-working talent, and came up with some huge game-winning moments this season."
Earning her first-ever All-MIAA nod, a first team nod none the less, was Brannan. Despite not appearing on the stat sheet often, the defender helped to anchor a defense that helped their squad to the second lowest goals against average (.88) in the conference, appearing in all 20 contests in the regular season.
Alamdari was happy with Brannan's recognition, saying "Sarah is one of the unsung heroes in a defensive turnaround that culminated in putting together 6 clean sheets in MIAA play. She consistently had difficult 1v1 matchups throughout the year, but was steady and consistent. We're excited for her to receive this recognition as one of the best in the conference."
With the Bulldogs' lone second team appearance was A. Davis, appearing in all 20 matchups thus far. She ranks second on the team and in the conference in assists, with eight helpers dished out. The Trenton, Mich. native also finds her way into a four-way tie for fourth place in points with 14.
She was named the MIAA Offensive Player of the Week for the week ending Oct. 27.
"Angie may have the highest soccer IQ on the team. She reads the game well and provides excellent service, but we asked her to step up her game and become a goalscorer this year." said Alamdari. "As she started coming out of that comfort zone, we started to see a glimpse of the type of player she can become. Every goal that she scored proved to be critical to the final result.
The Bulldogs return to action at 7 p.m. on Tuesday to host the winner of the fourth-seeded Albion vs. fifth-seeded Alma matchup.
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