|Women's Socccer Holds Annual Awards Banquet|
SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose State women’s soccer team held its year-end banquet Saturday to honor the 2011 team and its individuals for their season accolades and hand out annual team awards.
The 2011 Spartans qualified for their seventh straight Western Athletic Conference championship tournament and finished in the top three of the WAC at season’s end for the third consecutive year. The team also said goodbye to 10 seniors and had seven freshmen receive significant playing time as they build towards 2012.
The team’s Most Valuable Player award went to senior Lauren Sanchez. Sanchez, a NSCAA third-team all-West Region and second team all-Western Athletic Conference player, finished third on the team with two goals scored. The midfielder was named WAC Offensive Player of the Week for scoring the lone goal in the Spartans’ 1-0 victory over Portland State Sept. 18. The goal, which came in the 70th minute, allowed the Spartans to capture their first win of the season.
The team’s Offensive Most Valuable Player award was given to Kelsey Lord. Lord, a second team all-WAC honoree, led the team with six goals, five assists and 17 points. The junior etched her name into the Spartans' record book last season by setting a new career record for assists with 19. She also moved into the top three for career records in goals (21) and points (61), and sits sixth all-time in shots (132).
Senior goalkeeper Meghan Maiwald received the team’s Defensive Most Valuable Player award after another record year. Along with her 1.61 goals against average, Maiwald made 104 saves during the season – the third-most all-time in a single season at San Jose State. She finished her 200 stops in goal for her career, the fifth most on the Spartans’ career record list. Maiwald had three solo shutouts in 2011, giving her nine in her career – third all-time at San Jose State.
Senior Mandi Martin received the Spartans’ “Team Award,” given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of a Spartan. Martin had two assists on the year, including a helper on the game-winning goal on Senior Day versus Louisiana Tech on Oct. 23.
Senior forward Stephanie Bales and sophomore midfielder Cheryl Kute both received the Most Improved Player Award. Bales played in 19 matches with 13 starts after making 15 appearances in 2010. She had two assists in 2011, including an assist off a header for the tying goal in the Spartans’ 2-1 defeat of Idaho on Oct. 2. Kute also saw a significant increase in playing time with 11 starts last season. Kute scored one goal, the second of her career, with a go-ahead goal in the second half against New Mexico State on Oct. 21.