Four Redbirds Earn All-Region Honors
Dec. 9, 2011
NORMAL, Ill. - A program-record four Illinois State soccer players were named to the All-Great Lakes Region team, as announced by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Freshman Rachel Tejada became just the second player in school history to earn first-team all-region accolades, senior Jessica Carlson earned a spot on the second team and senior Natalie McCabe and sophomore Anna Stinson earned third-team honors.
Tejada established a new Missouri Valley Conference single-season record for goals (21) in addition to setting new ISU single-season records for points (51) and shots on goal (47) on her way to earning Valley Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors. The Troy, Ill., native joins Carlson as the only other Redbird to earn first-team all-region plaudits.
Carlson became Illinois State's all-time assists leader by recording a single-season record 10 assists during her senior campaign. The Darien, Ill., native scored seven goals to finish second on the team with 24 points and earned All-MVC First Team for the third time in her four-year career. In addition to her career assists record, Carlson finished her career ranked second all-time for goals (29), points (80) and game-winning goals (12). Last season, the senior forward became ISU's first-ever first-team all-region selection. In addition to her success on the field, Carlson was named to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District V Second Team and the MVC Scholar-Athlete Team.
McCabe, who was named the Valley's Defensive Player of the Year, led the Redbird defense to six shutouts and a 1.14 goals against average. The London, Ontario native scored her only point of the season on an assist in Illinois State's 5-0 victory over Missouri State in the championship match of the State Farm MVC Tournament. She is also a two-time All-MVC First Team honoree.
Stinson finished the season with 19 points on five goals and nine assists to earn her first all-region selection. The Kalamzoo, Mich., native was an All-Valley First-Team selection and her nine assists ranks second on the single-season assists record behind only Carlson's 10.
Illinois State finished the season 13-6-0 and posted a 5-1-0 mark in the Valley on its way to winning the Valley regular-season and tournament titles. The Redbirds advanced to the NCAA Tournament for second time in the last three seasons and earned their first-ever win over an opponent ranked in the national top ten, when they defeated then-No. 10 ranked Milwaukee, 3-1, Oct. 23 at Adelaide Street Field.
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