Ally Miller Named BIG EAST Defensive Player Of The Year

BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, Ally Miller

Nov. 1, 2012

Interview with Miller

HARTFORD, Conn. - The Marquette women's soccer team had seven players honored Thursday night by the BIG EAST Conference at its annual awards banquet, which is hosted the night before the BIG EAST Conference championship semifinal games begin. Highlighting the awards for Marquette was senior Ally Millerwho was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, marking the third consecutive season in which a Golden Eagle has won this award.

Miller also earned first team All-BIG EAST honors along with senior Rachel Brown and junior forward Maegan Kelly.

Senior Rachael Sloan was named second team All-BIG EAST, while freshman goalkeeper Amanda Engel, junior defender Emily Jacobson and junior midfielder Taylor Madigan received third team All-BIG EAST honors. Engel was also named to the All-BIG EAST rookie team.

"Congratulations to our team on a fantastic season and getting to this point," head coach Markus Roederssaid. "It has been a goal of their focus for a long time. Our success is built on individual players giving their best every day and the culmination of their efforts allows our team's success. It is always an honor when individual players are recognized because it validates the hard work that goes into it. As much as they appreciate, these players will always give credit to our team since they know it wouldn't be possible without them. It is a job very well done but our goal is this weekend and the games ahead."



Miller anchored MU's backline that has given up just three goals to conference opponents all season. The Golden Eagles allow just 0.67 goals per game and leads the league with 13 shutouts this season. Miller is a Senior CLASS Award finalist and was named Defensive Player of the Week on three occasions this season.

Brown tallied five goals this season, including two game-winners. She totaled 11 points and dished out five assists, including an assist in Marquette's 4-0 victory over USF on senior night. Brown has taken 10 shots on goal this year.

Kelly leads the Golden Eagles with 27 points, including eight goals and 11 assists, to help MU lead the league in assists. She scored one game-winning goal and took a team-best 59 shots this season. This is her second year being named to the All-BIG EAST first team after earning a spot last season.

A former all-conference selection, Sloan has tallied five goals this season, including a team-high four game winners in her return following an injury last season. She totaled 11 points and gave out one assist with 21 shots. She scored a goal in MU's 4-1 victory over UConn to advance to the championship semifinals.

Jacobson was a force in Marquette's backfield helping keep teams 2.9 shots on goal per game and limiting opponents to just 6.9 total shots each contest. She also recorded one goal this season and dished out four assists for six points. Jacobson was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week once this season.

Madigan has posted seven goals this season and given out four assists for 18 points. 20 of her shots have been on goal, including one game-winning goal. Two of her assists came in a 4-1 victory over Connecticut in the second round of the BIG EAST Tournament.

Making her first collegiate start in BIG EAST play versus Pittsburgh, Engel has tallied a 10-0-1 record and seen action in 14 games this season. She has 26 saves and a 0.53 goals against average, which leads the BIG EAST and ranks 11th in the NCAA.

Marquette will face Notre Dame in the BIG EAST Championship semifinals Friday, Nov. 2 at 11:00 a.m. CT. The game is now being played at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn.


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