Soccer team hands out postseason awards
Friday, December 21, 2007
BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State University soccer team held its annual postseason awards banquet Dec. 8 in the Crying Wolf Room in Hobson Memorial Union.

Postseason awards have been handed out since 2002, the first year coach Jim Stone took over as coach of the Beavers. There were newly-named awards for the 2007 team, including the Megan Wallner Award (Beaver of the Year) and the Emily Prall Award (Best Attitude).

The Megan Wallner Award went to, as the name states, Megan Wallner (Sr., Bemidji, Minn.). This was the second-straight year Wallner won the award, and is just the second Beaver to win the award more than once (Erin Foss 2003, 05). Wallner started all 21 games at defense for Bemidji State and finished the season with two assists. She ended her career with 11 goals, 11 assists and 33 points.

Ashlee Ellefsen (Fr., Hugo, Minn.) and Jamie Ford (So., Edina, Minn.) were named co-Offensive MVP’s. Ellefsen led the team in both goals (7) and points (16), while adding two assists on the year. She became the fourth freshman to be named Offensive MVP (Lindsey Natwick-2002, Katie Meinhardt and Whitney Sengthao-2003). Ford didn’t score her first goal until mid-year, but finished strong with a team second-best five goals and 13 points, while adding three assists.

Jessica Ploeger (Sr., Ramsey, Minn.) earned the Kari Torgerson Defensive MVP Award. She scored one goal and helped lead the BSU defense to a 1.37 goals against average.

Wallner and Linsey Olesiak (So., Hermantown, Minn.) were awarded the Amy Vleck Hardest Worker Award. Wallner also won the award in 2005 and became just the second two-time winner (Tracy Ringgenberg, 2003, 04, 06). Olesiak didn’t see much playing time early in the season as a defender, but continued to work hard and earned a spot in the starting lineup for the final six games of the year. Olesiak was also named Most Improved player.

Alysha Domiano (Fr., Dayton, Minn.) was named Rookie of the Year for her stellar defense and her two goals, both coming off corner kicks. She was one of four Beavers to start every game in the 2007 campaign.

The Best Attitude Award was newly-named the Emily Prall Award, with Prall (Sr., White Bear Lake, Minn.) winning for the second-straight year, making her the only two-time winner of the award. Prall had to miss most of the season with a leg injury, but maintained a positive attitude and continued to attend games and cheer on her Beaver teammates.

Kim Sorteberg (So., Anoka, Minn.) was awarded the Ashley Lehmeier Super-Sub Award. She provided a spark off the bench for BSU, scoring two goals and playing in all 21 games. This is just the second year of the award, with Lauren Olivares (Jr., El Paso, Texas) winning in 2006.

Sara Susick (Sr., Blaine, Minn.) won the Coaches Award in only its second year. She started in all 21 games and came away with one assist. Ploeger and Ringgenberg were the recipients last year.

Ford was awarded Goal of the Year for her game-winning strike in a 3-1 victory over Concordia-St. Paul Oct. 6. The goal came 4:54 into the second half and broke a 1-1 tie. Christina Hicks (Sr., Minnetonka, Minn.) received the Assist of the Year for the same goal.

The Save of the Year went to Samantha Ross (Fr., Stillwater, Minn.) in 2-1 victory over Minnesota Crookston Oct. 14. She had eight saves in the contest. This was the first year the award didn’t go to Kari Torgerson who won the award the previous four years.

Kelly Hyvare (Jr., Coon Rapids, Minn.), Olivares and Katherine Wheeler (So., Bemidji, Minn.) were named the three captains for the 2008 squad. Wallner and Hicks were captains of the ‘07 team.

Bemidji State ended its season with a 1-0 loss to U-Mary in the first round of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference tournament. The Beavers went 9-9-3 on the year, and 5-3-1 in the conference, good for a fifth-place finish.