Kulla, McBride, Miller and Kelly Earn All-Region Honors
Dec. 9, 2011
MILWAUKEE - Four members of the women's soccer team were honored by the National Soccer Coaches of Association of America and selected to its All-Northeast Regions teams. Senior Kerry McBride was named to the first team, senior Natalie Kulla to the second team, while sophomore Maegan Kelly and junior Ally Millerpicked up third team honors.
"Natalie, Kerry, Ally and Maegan had terrific seasons for our program and helped us reach our third consecutive BIG EAST American Division title and 18 wins, the second best total in program history," said head coach Markus Roeders. "They played at an extremely high level all year and showed that they belong among the best in the BIG EAST and in the country. Natalie, Kerry and Ally definitely provided great stability on the defensive end but Kerry and Ally also contributed heavily in our attack. Maegan had a breakout season with her goals and setting up others with assists. Our two seniors will be missed but they leave as shining stars from Marquette and our program. The future is bright for Ally and Maegan and we are excited what 2012 will bring for them and our team."
McBride, the two-time BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, anchored Marquette's back line as its sweeper this season. She has helped lead one of the league's best defenses to allow just seven goals in 11 conference games. McBride played an integral role in MU's 13 shutouts and helped limit the opposition to just 2.7 shots on goal per game, and just 3.0 shots on goal in BIG EAST play. McBride was also an all-Northeast Region First Team selection following the 2011 season.
Kulla, the BIG EAST Conference Goalkeeper of the Year, played nearly 1,700 minutes and registered a conference-best 10 shutouts, including seven in BIG EAST play. Kulla anchored a team, which ranked first in the BIG EAST with a 0.79 goals against average. Her 18 wins in 2011 rank second in program history.
Kulla finished her career as Marquette's all-time shutouts leader (43) and holds MU's all-time goals against average record (0.735). She stands second on MU's wins (58) and minutes (7835:04) lists, and fourth with 223 saves.
Kelly, one of Marquette's most dangerous forwards, had a breakout sophomore season with a team-best 40 points on a career-high 14 goals, including six game winners, and 12 assists. Kelly had two multi-goal games and three of her six game-winning goals came in BIG EAST play in wins over Pittsburgh, Connecticut and Syracuse. Kelly was the only player in the BIG EAST this season to record double-digit goals and assists.
Miller, a starter in all 24 games, was been an integral member of Marquette's backline this season. Her consistency at the stopper position has been a key to Golden Eagles' success and their 13 shutouts. Miller also factored in on Marquette's offense with one goal and two assists