Nov. 2, 2006
Five Bearcats Earn All-MIAA Soccer Honors
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Northwest Missouri State senior soccer player Kayla Griffin earned second team honors on the All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) soccer team announced today by the conference offices. Four Bearcats were named to the honorable mention squad: sophomore defender Jessica Braun, junior defender Amy Jackson, junior midfielder Brittany Cash, and sophomore midfielder Shannon FitzGerald. The four athletes on the honorable mention team and five overall are the most since 2002.
Griffin led Northwest this season in goals (7), points (15) and shots (41), ending her career tied for second in all-time goals (13) and sits alone in third for points (30). Griffin scored more than once in a single match three times during her career, tied for first all-time, and her three game-winning goals this season are the most since 2000. Griffin also received MIAA Second-Team honors last season.
Braun started all 19 matches for the Bearcats in defense, tallying the most minutes played among defenders. She was a part of a Northwest defense that set new team records in goals allowed (25) and goals-against-average (1.32). The five shutouts posted this season were the most since 2001. Braun received MIAA Second-Team honors in 2005.
Jackson scored four goals, three off of penalty kicks, during the season. Her three penalty kick goals are the most by an individual in a single season at Northwest. She also became the ninth person to score in two consecutive matches, after kicking the game-winning penalty-kick against Augustana (S.D.) on Sept. 4 and scoring in the 80th minute against Upper Iowa on Sept. 9.
Cash led all players in minutes played (1,706), starting all 19 matches. She recorded her lone assist of the season against Missouri Western on Oct. 7. She was also named to the MIAA Honorable Mention team in 2004.
FitzGerald scored four goals this season, moving into ninth in all-time career records with five. She tallied nine points this season (four goals, one assist), tying for second on the team. Her 0.552 shot-on-goal percentage (16-29) was third among players with 10 or more shots on goal.
The Bearcats set new team records this season in wins (9), goals (26), assists (22), points (74), corner kicks (91), and goals allowed (25). Northwest recorded the best record in school history, finishing 9-9-1. The team finished sixth in the MIAA standings with a school record five conference wins.
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