Women's Soccer: 2011 Season in Review
May 4, 2012
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's soccer team held its annual end of the season celebration recently where it honored the team's accomplishments during the 2011 season and the careers of seniors Lindsey Page, Kerry McBride and Natalie Kulla.
The 2011 season marked another banner year for the Golden Eagles as they registered their 16th consecutive winning season.
Below is a list of highlights from the 2011 season.
The Marquette University women's soccer team finished the 2011 season 18-4-0 following a loss to Penn State in the second round of the NCAA Championship. Its 18 wins are the third most in program history, and marked MU's 16th consecutive winning season.
MU won a share of its third straight BIG EAST American Division title with a 10-1-0 BIG EAST record. The regular season title is the seventh in program history. Marquette is 28-3-2 since 2009 in BIG EAST Conference play.
Marquette finished the season ranked No. 16 by the NSCAA and No. 19 by Soccer America. It achieved a program-best ranking of No. 5 (NSCAA) for two weeks (Oct. 17 and Oct. 25). Dating back to last season, Marquette has been ranked in the top 25 of at least one national poll for the last 19 weeks.
Marquette earned a berth in its fourth-straight NCAA Championship. The appearance was the Golden Eagles' 10th overall.
Marquette defeated Toledo, 1-0 in overtime, in the first round of the NCAA Championship at Valley Fields.
Natalie Kulla finished her career at Marquette as one of the most decorated players in program history. Kulla earned the BIG EAST Conference Female Scholar Athlete of the Year Award along with being named the league's Goalkeeper of the Year for the second consecutive season. She finished her career with a program-record 0.74 goals against average and ranks second on MU's career wins (58) and minutes (7835:04) lists.
Senior Kerry McBride was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and picked up All-BIG EAST First Team accolades for the second consecutive season. McBride was also a candidate for the MAC Hermann Trophy given to the nation's top female soccer player.
Both Kulla and McBride were named to the Capital One Academic All-America Second Team. They were also NSCAA Scholar All-America Second Team honorees and Scholar All-Central Region First Team selections. Ally Miller and Rachel Brown collected NSCAA Scholar All-Central Region Second Team honors, while the team earned its 16th straight NSCAA Team Academic Award.
Along with Kulla and McBride, Maegan Kelly received All-BIG EAST First Team honors, while Ally Miller was named to the All-BIG EAST Third Team and Mady Vicker picked up All-BIG EAST Rookie Team honors.
Natalie Kulla, Kerry McBride, Ally Miller and Maegan Kelly were all named to the NSCAA All-Northeast Region team. McBride earned first team honors for the second consecutive season, while Kulla picked up second team honors and Kelly and Miller were named to the third team.
Maegan Kelly matched a program record with 40 total points on 14 goals and a 12 assists. Her 14 goals ranked second in the BIG EAST and second on MU's single season list.
Collectively, Marquette registered 174 points (third all-time) on 52 goals (fourth all-time) and a program-record 70 assists.