NSCAA Names Three To Scholar All-America Teams; Five Receive All-Region Honors
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Colorado School of Mines women's soccer senior Megan Woodworth and juniors Kelsey Neal and Anna Evans were named 2012 NSCAA Third Team Women's College Division Scholar All-Americans earlier this week and were joined on the Scholar All-Region squads by seniors Dani Hering and Aubrey Bagley.
Woodworth, Neal and Evans represented three of the five RMAC student-athletes selected to the Women's College Division Scholar All-West Region First Team, while Hering and Bagley collected Second Team accolades.
Evans, the 2012 RMAC Offensive Player of the Year, Daktronics Second Team All-American, NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division II Third Team All-American and Capital One Division II Third Team Academic All-American, led the RMAC in goals (17) and points (44), collecting First Team All-RMAC accolades for the second time.
The three-time Daktronics All-Region selection and Honorable Mention All-American in 2010 finished seventh and 10th in Division II in both points and goals with a team-leading three goals and one assist in the four NCAA Tournament games. Her 10 assists ranked 15th in Division II, while her 1.83 points per game average was 18th and her 0.708 goals per game average was 26th.
Evans, a two-time NSCAA First Team All-Region candidate and the RMAC Freshman of the Year in 2010, ranks second in program lore in career goals (41) and assists (19) and third in points (101).
Woodworth, the Capital One Division II Academic All-America of the Year, repeated as a Daktronics First Team All-American after leading the RMAC with the fourth most assists in the country (13) and finishing fourth in the conference in points (35) and fifth in scores (11).
The 2012 RMAC Preseason Player of the Year and 2011 NSCAA and Daktronics First Team All-American concluded her career as the school's all-time leader in assists (44) and touts the top three single-season marks in program lore, highlighted by 14 in 2011.
A four-time First Team All-RMAC choice and three-time RMAC Women's Soccer Academic Player of the Year, Woodworth also ranks second at Mines in points (120) and third in goals (38). She was named a Capital One First Team Academic All-American, NSCAA First Team College Scholar All-American and Colorado Sportswoman of the Year in 2011.
Neal and Bagley helped steer the NCAA South Central Regional Champions to the stingiest defense in the conference and top-five in Division II, limiting opponents to just 12 scores in 24 games for a goals against average 0.489, including the sixth-most shutouts nationally with 15.
A 2012 Daktronics Third Team All-American, Preseason All-RMAC and RMAC All-Tournament Team selection, Neal's lone score this season proved to be the game-winner in the RMAC Championship at Regis on Nov. 4. The 2011 NSCAA First Team All-Central Region and Daktronics Third Team All-American also added three assists, tied for fifth-most on the team. She has been twice named to the All-RMAC First Team and was chosen as the RMAC Athlete of the Month in October of 2011.
Bagley joined her defensive colleague as one of five Orediggers on the 2012 RMAC All-Tournament Team. An RMAC Second Team All-Academic selection and NSCAA Second Team College Scholar All-West Region in 2011, Bagley notched one goal and three assists in her senior campaign and put Mines in the conference championship with the game-winner in the semifinals against Metro State on Nov. 2.
In her final season, Hering finished third on the team and seventh in the RMAC with nine scores. Named RMAC All-Tournament Team, First Team All-RMAC and RMAC First Team All-Academic, Hering also ranked third on Mines in assists (5) and points (23).
The 2011 NSCAA Third Team All-Central Region and First Team College Scholar All-West Region recipient is fourth in school history in points (40), and fifth in goals (14), shots (140), SOG (65) and assists (12). She also tallied the decisive penalty kicks to send the Orediggers to the 2009 NCAA Elite Eight and 2011 RMAC Tournament final.
Founded in 1941 and based in Kansas City, Kan., the National Soccer Coaches Association of America has grown into the world's largest soccer coaches' organization that serves members at every level of the game. The mission of the NSCAA is to develop and to deliver educational programming and events that inspire members to improve and to enhance their involvement in soccer.