Tejada Named Chicagoland Soccer News Player of the Year
Jan. 8, 2013
NORMAL, Ill. - Sophomore forward Rachel Tejada is the Chicagoland Soccer News Women's College Player of the Year, as selected by the site's editors. The nominations included athletes playing at colleges within the site's coverage area, as well as athletes from the area playing collegiately elsewhere in the country.
Tejada joins elite company by receiving the award. She is just the second player to win the award from outside one of the "BCS" conferences in its six years, as Loyola-Chicago's Cynthia Morote-Arzia won the inaugural crown in 2007. Kerri Hanks of Notre Dame won in 2008, 2012 gold medalist Lauren Cheney of UCLA won in 2009, Notre Dame's Melissa Henderson won in 2010 and Vanessa DiBernardo from Illinois won last year's award.
Tejada was named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year for the second-straight season, after totaling 46 points on 18 goals and 10 assists. The Troy, Ill., native ranks top-seven nationally in goals (seventh), goals per game (sixth with 0.90), points (sixth) and points per game (fifth with 2.3). She also led the MVC in all of those categories.
Tejada has already made her mark on the ISU record books through just two seasons. She ranks second all-time in points (97), goals (39) and assists (19). Her 21 goals as a freshman in 2011 also broke the ISU and MVC single-season high, as she became the first Redbird to earn first team all-region honors.
The Redbirds are coming off their second-straight 13-win season and NCAA Tournament appearance. After defeating Indiana State, 5-1, Nov. 4 in the MVC Tournament championship match, ISU's season ended with a 3-0 loss at fourth-seeded Marquette, Nov. 10.
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