November 17, 2011
A total of 6 Ohio Wesleyan University women’s soccer players were named to the All-North Coast Athletic Conference teams, it was announced earlier this week.
Senior forward Makinzie Krebsbach (Vadnais Heights, Minn./Totino-Grace), senior midfielder Belle Madison (Charlevoix, Mich.), and freshman defender Sarah Stachowiak (Westlake) were first-team All-NCAC selections; junior midfielder Jessie Huschart (Columbus/Hilliard Davidson) was a second-team All-NCAC pick; and senior defender Caitlin Zeller (Cuyahoga Falls) and sophomore goalkeeper Hannah Zacharias (Marysville) were honorable mention choices.
Krebsbach was named Offensive Player of the Year. She led the Bishops and tied for second in the NCAC with 11 goals this season, and her 23 points ranked third in the league. Krebsbach was an honorable mention All-NCAC pick in 2010 and a second-team all-conference selection in 2008 and 2009.
Madison was a first-team All-NCAC selection for the third straight season. A defensive midfielder, she contributed 4 goals to the Bishop offense.
Stachowiak was named Newcomer of the Year. A starter on the Bishop defense, she helped Ohio Wesleyan post 12 shutouts this season after the team recorded 3 shutouts in 2010. She is the first Ohio Wesleyan women’s soccer player to be named NCAC Newcomer of the Year.
Huschart ranked second on the team in scoring with 4 goals and 8 assists. Her 8 assists led the NCAC, and her 3 game-winning goals tied for third place in the conference. Huschart was an honorable mention All-NCAC pick in 2009.
Zeller and Zacharias also contributed to the improved Bishop defense as Ohio Wesleyan went from 31 goals allowed in 2010 to 17 goals allowed in 2011.
Ohio Wesleyan head coach Bob Barnes also was honored, receiving NCAC Coach of the Year laurels. It is the third NCAC Coach of the Year citation for Barnes, who was previously feted in 1999 and 2001.
Ohio Wesleyan finished the season with a 12-4-5 record. The Bishops shared the NCAC championship with a 5-1-2 conference mark, their first conference crown since 2004; won the NCAC tournament for the first time since 2005; and made their first NCAA Division III playoff appearance since 2005.
Ohio Wesleyan 63, Heidelberg 55
Sophomore guard Kandis Walker (Utica) hit a pair of free throws to cap an 8-0 run that broke the game open, then sank another pair of free throws to help seal the outcome as Ohio Wesleyan defeated Heidelberg in the season opener for both teams on Wednesday in Tiffin.
Ohio Wesleyan had built a 53-46 lead on jumpers by freshman post LaNiece McRae (Youngstown/Chaney) and Walker with 6:01 left in regulation time, but the Student Princes rallied behind jumpers from Jordan Ickes and Kathleen Phillips.
Phillips followed with a pair of free throws, bringing Heidelberg within 53-52 with 3:19 to play.
McRae answered with a lay-in on the Bishops’ next possession, and freshman guard Tavia Croom (Heath) followed with a basket. After sophomore post Tamra Londot (Utica) stole the ball to set up another McRae basket, Walker finished off the run with a pair of free throws with :36 to play, giving the Bishops a 61-52 lead.
Heidelberg fought back with a 3-pointer by Emily Giel, making it a 2-possession game, but the Student Princes would not score again, and Walker slammed the door with a pair of free throws at the :14 mark.
Ohio Wesleyan built an early 11-5 lead behind the scoring of McRae and freshman post Kristin Henning (Beavercreek), and the Bishops expanded the margin to 16-8 after a Londot 3-pointer and a McRae hoop.
Trailing, 21-13, the Student Princes went on a 9-1 run to even the score, getting a pair of hoops from Ickes and a 3-pointer by Megan Miller, and Heidelberg would take a 37-29 lead on a Dana Kaufman 3-pointer late in the first half.
The Bishops closed to within 37-31 at the break on a pair of free throws from freshman guard Sarah McQuade (Dublin/Coffman), then opened the second half with baskets from Walker, Henning, and Londot to tie the game at 37 apiece. The game was still tied at 42 when freshman wing Caroline Welker (Delaware/Hayes) knocked down a 3-pointer that put the Bishops ahead to stay, setting up the final 6 minutes of action.
McRae led the Bishops with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Walker finished with 11 points and a team-high 4 assists, and Londot shared the team lead with 10 boards.
Phillips led Heidelberg with 13 points, while Miller scored 12 points and Ickes added 10 points.