More Post-Season Recognition for Women’s Soccer Players

With the conclusion of a successful season and a NCCAA National Championship banner, a number of additional post-season awards have been given to members of the women’s soccer team. These honors include the top level NAIA and NCCAA All-American recognition as well as NCCAA regional awards and recognition from the NCCAA National Championship.

The Trolls had three players received national acknowledgment on the NAIA All-American list. Senior Jessica Bianchi (Elmhurst, Illinois), senior Elly Brummel (Hudsonville, Michigan), and freshman Selah Hopkins (Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada) were all in the Honorable Mention category.  It is the third season in a row that Bianchi has received this honor.  In addition Bianchi and Brummel were also NCCAA All-Americans as First-Team selections. Joining the NCCAA All-American list were senior Jessica Owen (Caledonia, Michigan) and sophomore Allyson Kranstz (Portage, Michigan) as Second-Team honorees.

In addition to All-American honors, Bianchi received other high recognition. The forward, who led the team with 36 goals and 10 assists for the season, was named the NCCAA Player of the Year. With nine goals and three assists in the national championship, she made the NCCAA All-Tournament Team as the Tournament Most Outstanding Player.  She also received the GP4L Award. (See related article). These honors came after she captured the NCCAA North Central Region Player of the Year honors and her fourth All-Region Team selection.

The North Central All-Region Team also included Brummel, Owen, and Kranstz. Brummel, a defender, and Kranstz, a goalkeeper, led the team to 16 shut-outs for the season. The Troll defense only allowed 16 goals in 25 games. Owen, a midfielder, ended the season with nine goals and six assists and had five game winning goals.

 Along with Bianchi on the National All-Tournament Team, were Brummel and Hopkins. For the tournament Brummel was an integral part of the defense while also scoring one goal and getting one assist. Hopkins accounted for four goals and four assists in the team’s three pool play wins.

In his 17th season as head coach, Josh Lenarz received recognition as he led his team to a national championship title. He was named the NCCAA National Coach of the Year and also earned Coach of the Year honors for the region. It is the second time his team has been national champions and the eighth time they have played in the national tournament.

Along with these honors for their performance on the field, a number of athletes were also recognized for their performance in the classroom. Overall 12 players were named as Scholar-Athlete.  Receiving NAIA, NCCAA, and CCAC scholar-athlete honors were Owen, Brummel, and juniors Lindsey Dykema (Byron Center, Michigan), Nicole Faulkner (North Bend, Ohio) and Shaelyn Postmus (Hudsonville, Michigan).  Joining them on the CCAC Scholar-Team list are senior Lexi Zambrano (Loves Park, Illinois), and sophomores Kranstz, Paige Rogers (Bakersfield, California), Marissa Fields (Menifee, California), Drew McCarthy (Sun City, California), Ava Gomez (Huntington Beach, California), and Kaleigh VanElst (Grandville, Michigan).   

For a complete list of NCCAA Awards click here.
For a complete list of NAIA Awards click here.