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2012 NAIA Women’s Soccer All-Americans Announced

December 03, 2012
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By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications and Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the 2012 NAIA Women's Soccer All-America teams on Monday. The NAIA All-America committee, which is comprised of the NAIA-Women's Soccer Coaches Association officers and seven additional women's soccer coaches, select the three teams consisting of 13 individuals.

Lindsey Wilson's (Ky.) Mia Persson, a native of Sjobo, Sweden, has been named the 2012 Select Sport America-NAIA National Player of the Year. Persson is the second Blue Raider in program history to receive the award since its inception in 1997. The senior midfielder, who is No. 1 on Lindsey Wilson's all-time scoring list with 72 career goals in 94 matches, capped her final campaign by leading the Blue Raiders to the programs third national championship with a win over Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), 3-2, on Dec. 1. Persson ranked amongst the NAIA's top 20 in six offensive categories, including second in total goals (31), fifth in total points (68.0) and seventh in goals per game (1.24).

Persson also becomes the first four-time All-American in Lindsey Wilson women's soccer history. She was a first team pick in 2011, third team member in 2010 and second team honoree in 2009.

Embry-Riddle (Fla.) defender Tova Torstenson also headlines the group as a three-time honoree. Nine individuals earned their second All-America selection, while 28 others received their first All-America status.

The 2012 Select Sport America-NAIA Women's Soccer National Coach of the Year will be announced at the National Soccer Coaches' Association of America (NSCAA) National Convention held in Indianapolis, Ind., January 16 - 20.

2012 NAIA Women's Soccer All-America Team
First Team
Name Institution Pos. Class Hometown
Elizabet Madjarac Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) F Jr. Brondby Strand, Denmark
Jordan Davidson Vanguard (Calif.) F Jr. Tucson, Ariz.
Krizzy Menez Embry-Riddle (Fla.) F Sr. Key West, Fla.
Ode Fulutudilu^ Lee (Tenn.) F Jr. Capetown, South Africa
Aolani Rueff Westmont (Calif.) MF Sr. Santa Ynez, Calif.
Hannah Kimsey Concordia (Ore.) MF Jr. Vancouver, Wash.
Leah Fortune^ Lee (Tenn.) MF Jr. West Chicago, Ill.
Mia Persson$*^ Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) MF Sr. Sjobo, Sweden
Amy Cochran^ Lee (Tenn.) D Sr. Yorba Linda, Calif.
Caroline Scales Lee (Tenn.) D Sr. Chattanooga, Tenn.
Jenna Peterson Concordia (Ore.) D Sr. Federal Way, Wash.
Renee Hurd Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) D Jr. Pensacola, Fla.
Matilda Ojaniemi Northwood (Fla.) GK Jr. Kalmar, Sweden
         
Second Team
Name Institution Pos. Class Hometown
Ashley Correa^ Westmont (Calif.) F Sr. Lynwood, Wash.
Gisela Arrieta Graceland (Iowa) F Sr. Valledupar, Colombia
Helen Lynskey^ Northwood (Fla.) F Jr. Rotherham, England
Valerie Obita Embry-Riddle (Fla.) F Jr. Gothenburg, Sweden
Amanda Couch Vanguard (Calif.) MF Sr. Sacramento, Calif.
Jordan Dolbin Baker (Kan.) MF Sr. La Mirada, Calif.
Laura Thacker^ Lee (Tenn.) MF So. Norwich, England
Natasha Gensetter Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) MF Fr. Hegnau, Switzerland
Devin Johnston Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) D Sr. Bloomingdale, Ill.
Helenna Hanson Embry-Riddle (Fla.) D Fr. Eskilstuna, Sweden
Kim Conrad Lee (Tenn.) D Sr. Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Lauren Evans Vanguard (Calif.) D Sr. Aliso Viejo, Calif.
Lindsay Kitson Cumberland (Tenn.) GK So. Edmonton, Alberta
         
Third Team
Name Institution Pos. Class Hometown
Karly Linton^ Spring Arbor (Mich.) F Jr. Midland, Mich.
Esther Anyanwu Brenau (Ga.) F Jr. Lagos, Nigeria
Florence Dadson^ Robert Morris (Ill.) F Jr. Cape Coast, Ghana
Kelsey Langille Cumberland (Tenn.) F Fr. Androssan, Alberta
Braydan Wiles Spring Arbor (Mich.) MF Sr. Pendleton, Ind.
Mor Efraim^ Martin Methodist (Tenn.) MF Sr. Nevatim, Israel
Violette Maddox Mobile (Ala.) MF Sr. Auburn, Ala.
Yadira Toraya Kansas Wesleyan MF Sr. Oxnard, Calif.
Shelby Schiraldi Baker (Kan.) D So. Lenexa, Kan.
Stephanie Cummins^ Northwest (Wash.) D Sr. Renton, Wash.
Tova Torstenson*^ Embry-Riddle (Fla.) D Jr. Stockholm, Sweden
Tracey Tiernon Indiana Wesleyan D So. Fort Wayne, Ind.
Lauren Terry Vanguard (Calif.) GK So. Corona, Calif.

$ denotes 2009 All-American
* denotes 2010 All-American
^ denotes 2011 All-American

Honorable Mention
Name Institution
Chelsea Fisher Ashford (Iowa)
Hollie Babut Ashford (Iowa)
Bethany Smith Benedictine (Kan.)
Erin O'Brien Benedictine (Kan.)
Jessica Austin Biola (Calif.)
Morgan Gage Biola (Calif.)
Linda Chukwuji Brenau (Ga.)
Tori Brown Brenau (Ga.)
Shelby Bush Cal State San Marcos
Madi O'Dell Carroll (Mont.)
Jackie Esterkamp Cincinnati Christian (Ohio)
Tori Talbutt Concordia (Ore.)
Audrey Sullivan Corban (Ore.)
Paige Eli Davenport (Mich.)
Kelsey Anderson Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)
Martine Olsen Embry-Riddle (Fla.)
Mallory Rondeau Grace (Ind.)
Stefany Castano Graceland (Iowa)
Jenn Lerner Hastings (Neb.)
Angela Bianchi Judson (Ill.)
Jenna Schiller Judson (Ill.)
Megan Bodiford Kansas Wesleyan
Melissa Martinez Kansas Wesleyan
Laerke Lillelund Michaelsen Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
Daniel Sofer Martin Methodist (Tenn.)
Fabiola Sanchez Martin Methodist (Tenn.)
Natalie Ingram Menlo (Calif.)
Yesica Hernandez Missouri Valley
Christy Lachapelle Mobile (Ala.)
Rebecca Counce Mobile (Ala.)
Jessica Oliver Northwest (Wash.)
Taryn Pardoe Northwood (Fla.)
Elisa Brito Oklahoma Baptist
Brenna Skillern Oklahoma City
Meghan McMahon Oklahoma City
Elisabeth Wahl Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)
Meghan Pipal Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)
Wendy Espejel Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)
Dana Hemmingsen Park (Mo.)
Juneille Watkins Park (Mo.)
Linda Eshun Robert Morris (Ill.)
Kirsty Montignani Rocky Mountain (Mont.)
Kelsie Strout Saint Francis (Ind.)
Hannah Ulrich Siena Heights (Mich.)
Alyssa Bricker Southern Oregon
Stephanie Carr Southern Oregon
Molly Drooger Taylor (Ind.)
Abby Fannin Tennessee Wesleyan
Isadora Freitas Texas at Brownsville
Paige Wheaton Texas Wesleyan
Molly Machometa Viterbo (Wis.)
Steph Wisen Viterbo (Wis.)
Sophie Judd Westmont (Calif.)
Linfah Jones William Carey (Miss.)
Tori McDevitt William Carey (Miss.)