San Jose, Calif. – The 2012 San Jose State University women’s soccer team was celebrated at the team’s annual banquet Friday, May 3, recognizing the Spartans’ four seniors and awarding individual accolades.
Krista Cullen, Michelle Haughey, Kelsey Lord, and Helen Phan played their final season with the Spartans in 2012.
This year’s club encountered success both in the classroom and on the field. The program received its fourth-consecutive National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) College Women’s Team Academic Award, given to a program with a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Eleven Spartans were named Academic All-WAC, the most since 2009.
The Overall Most Valuable Player (MVP) was awarded to Megan Molina. The team’s leader in minutes played, points (21) and assists (6), Molina was named second team All-Western Athletic Conference (WAC) and first team College Sports Madness WAC All-Conference. She also took a career-high 21 shots and was one of six Spartans to play in every match.
Mickaella Meibock was named San Jose State’s Offensive MVP. A freshman, Meibock finished the season as the Spartans’ leader in goals (4) and shots on goal (24), despite playing in just 11 games.
The Defensive MVP honor was given to Michelle Haughey. Haughey was an integral part of San Jose State’s defensive corps, spending the second-most minutes on the field for the Spartans and playing in all 18 games. Haughey also earned the third Academic All-WAC honor of her career.
Helen Phan was honored as the team’s Most Improved Player. In 2012, she played more minutes than her three previous seasons combined, scored her first-career points (two goals and an assist), and record a career-high five shots. Phan was one of seven San Jose State Arthur Ashe, Jr., Sports Scholars, and was named Academic All-WAC for the third-consecutive year.
Cheryl Kute was given the Spartans’ Team Award, which is awarded to the individual who best exemplifies the spirit of Spartan women’s soccer. Kute played in every game for San Jose State, logging a career-high 1,294 minutes played. She also took 11 shots, the most of her career, and earned her second Academic All-WAC honor this season.