St. Thomas junior forwards Erin Sprangers and Kirsten Moran were named to the NSCAA adidas All-Central Region first team for Division III women's soccer. Senior defender Courtney Walior was named to the second team. The trio helped the Tommies win the MIAC title and reach the NCAA playoffs in a 14-1-5 season.
Sprangers has played in all 56 games on her career and has 21 goals and eight assists. The Tommies are 16-0 on her career when she's scored a goal. Sprangers led all MIAC players in conference goals (nine), assists (five) and points (23) in UST's 9-0-2 finish in the league.
In November Sprangers was named the MIAC Player of the Year -- the Tommies' second MIAC Player of the Year in the 18-year history of the award (Tessie Thompson won in 2002).
PHOTOS: Top, Erin Sprangers (23); middle, Kirsten Moran (5); Courtney Walior
Moran was second on the team in scoring behind Sprangers. She netted five goals and had five assists to give her 15 points for the year. Moran, a Divison I transfer from Southern Methodist who sat out the last two seasons, had a six-game scoring streak with three goals and three assists in the Toms' 6-0 stretch in October.
Moran was named to the MIAC All-Conference team and she was also named MIAC Player of the Week for the week of October 20th.
Walior was a cornerstone of the Tommie defense this year helping the team hold opponents to 12 goals all year, which was best in the MIAC. The Tommie defense also posted nine shutouts.
Walior was named to the MIAC all-conference team earlier this fall. In her four-year career Walior had three goals and three assists in 72 games and was a steady defensive force.
Other first-team honorees from the MIAC were seniors Rachel Loftus of St. Benedict and Felicia Faison of Augsburg, and sophomore Abby Habein of Concordia-Moorhead.
MIAC second-team honorees were seniors Maggie DeGroot of Augsburg and Sophie Wood of Carleton; and Concordia sophomores Sue Obermiller and Sam Sue Johnson.
MIAC third-team honorees are juniors Maddie Mettie of Macalester, Melissa Zutz of Carleton, and Alison Tourville of St. Benedict.