Women's Soccer Announces Annual Team Awards
Junior Laura Moklestad (Des Moines, Iowa/Roosevelt) was honored as the Bulldogs' offensive most valuable player for the second-consecutive season. A two-time first-team All-Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete honoree, Moklestad started all 19 games for the Bulldogs. She registered team-leading marks in goals (4), points (9), shots (47), shots on goal (24), and in game-winners (1) en route to capturing second team All-MVC and MVC All-Tournament playing honors.
Claiming the squad's most valuable defensive player honors for the second-straight season was sophomore Megan Fisher (Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny). This award is given to the player who, in the eyes of the team, was the most valuable defensive player during the season. Fisher followed up a stellar rookie campaign with another strong sophomore season from her defender's slot, helping anchor a defensive unit that posted two shutouts, while offensively providing a goal and two assists.
The most improved player award went to freshman Katie Helmlinger (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Kennedy). The honor is bestowed upon the player whose contributions on the field have shown the most improvement from the previous season as well as through the course of the fall season. Helmlinger made strong contributions to a Drake offensive unit registering 19 shots, including 11 on goal and recording one assist.
The Amber Clapp (Player's Award) was given to senior Lindsey Johnston (Lincoln, Neb./Southeast). This award is given to the member of the team who, in the eyes of her teammates, embodies the values, ideals, and spirit of the team. The players' award values contributions made off the field and recognizes the player who, through her attitude and actions, acts as an ambassador for Drake Women's soccer.
The Coaches' Award went to Moklestad. The coaching staff awards the honor to the player who has maintained the highest standards both on and off the field in the areas of performance, effort, and enthusiasm.
Fisher was honored with Burch's Award. Fisher, as chosen by Drake head strength and conditioning coach Mike Burch, maintained the highest standards in the weight room in the areas of work-rate, attitude and mental toughness.
The Academic Excellence award went to sophomore Kiah Swanson (Fort Collins, Colo./Poudre) and junior Tara Zika (St. Louis, Mo./Ursuline), who boast 4.00 and 3.75 grade-point averages, respectively, majoring in elementary education and law, politics and society. The award is given to the player(s) who earned the highest GPA in a calendar year. Both maintained a 4.0 for both the spring and fall semesters for 2011.
The final accolade of the evening was the Friday Finisher award, which was bestowed upon Fisher. This spring the Drake team was split into four teams with members switching every three weeks. Each Friday a soccer tournament was held as well as a weight room competition. Each individual earned points for their respective team and carried them during the Bulldogs' indoor campaign.
Drake also celebrated the careers of its six seniors in Lauren Berner (Omaha, Neb.), Angela Chigazola (Santa Rosa, Calif.), Melanie Fielder (Burbank, Calif.), Danielle Figliola (Longmont, Colo.), Johnston and Amanda Wallace (Centennial, Colo.).