Redbirds' up-and-down campaign ultimately culminates in another tournament title and NCAA Tournament appearance
The two selections bring head coach Drew Roff's total at Illinois State to 11
Kristin Cooley, Kyla Cross, Allie Newsom and Anna Stinson are first team selections, while Aryn Newsom earned honorable mention status
The Redbirds finish the season with a record of 13-5-2
No team from the Missouri Valley Conference has ever won a NCAA Tournament match
WJBC Recap - Illinois St. Soccer vs. Marquette NCAA Tournament
2012 NCAA Selection Show
Indiana State vs. Illinois State
"Kick for a Cure" Soccer vs. Loyola October 3, 2012
ISU soccer takes on Western Michigan. 9/2/12
09/02/12 Illinois State suffered its first loss of the season to Western Michigan 2-1
2012: NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region Third Team selection...All-Missouri Valley Conference First Team choice...MVC Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 23)...MVC Scholar-Athlete Team choice...leaves ISU as the all-time leader in minutes played, with 6,592...surpassed the previous mark at Drake (Oct. 25)... started all 20 games, and 74 straight over her four seasons...led the team in minutes, with 1,756...anchored a defense that allowed 1.30 goals per game and recorded five shutouts...tallied two assists, one at SEMO (Aug. 17) and the other against Florida Atlantic (Aug. 24)...fired season-high three shots and two shots on goal against Indiana State (Oct. 14)...departs the Redbirds as a member of the winningest class under head coach Drew Roff and only group to win three MVC Tournament titles and make three NCAA Tournament appearances.
2011: All-Missouri Valley Conference Second-Team selection...MVC Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 25, Nov. 1)...started all 19 games and played a key role on a defensive unit that posted six shutouts and held opponents to a 1.14 goals against average...tallied seven points on two goals and three assists...recorded a career-high three points on two occasions, scoring goals and adding assists against Northern Illinois (Sept. 2) and Creighton (Oct. 27)...scored her first-career goal against Northern Illinois (Sept. 2).
2010: Started all 18 games, recording three assists...posted a pair of assists in ISU's 3-2 victory at Evansville (Oct. 20)...provided the assist on the game-tying goal in the Redbirds' 2-1 double-overtime victory over Indiana State in the quarterfinal round of the MVC Tournament (Oct. 31)...contributed to a defensive unit that recorded four shutouts and held opponents to a 1.18 goals against average.
2009: All-Missouri Valley Conference Freshman Team selection...appeared in 18 games on the season, recording two assists...netted her first collegiate assist against Butler (Sept. 25)...recorded her second assists of the season in Illinois State's record-setting, 5-0, victory over Morehead State (Sept. 27), the five goal total tied for fourth place in program history for most goals scored in a game by the Redbirds... contributed to a Redbird defense that posted a 1.23 goals against average and eight shutouts including the MVC Tournament Championship game, leading the Redbirds to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in six years ...the eight shutouts ties for third place for most shutouts in program history.
Prior to ISU: Four-year starter and two-year team captain at Westfield (two-time semi-state finalists) ... named ICGSA First-Team All-State selection (2007, 2008, 2009), ISCA Second-Team All-State selection (2007, 2008, 2009), Indianapolis Star Super Team (2008, 2009), Indianapolis Star All-Area Team (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009) and first-team all-conference (2006, 2007, 2008. 2009) ... Led club team, Carmel Fire, to five Indiana State Cup Championships (2003-2007)... played club soccer for Carmel United.
Personal: Kristin Nicole Cooley... born Sept. 29, 1990 ... daughter of Craig and Kathy Cooley ... major: chemistry.