MADISON, Wis. (Blugolds.com) - Six UW-Eau Claire women's soccer players have been named to the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's All-Time Team.
Blugolds named to the team were Kari Blasczyk, Liz Kooistra, Allie Rivard, Allison Smith, Anna Talbot and Becky Westbrock. More information is below.
MADISON, Wis.--The Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) announced today the Women's Soccer All-Time Team that will be recognized in conjunction with the conference's upcoming Centennial Celebration. All-Time Teams are being selected in those men's and women's sports that have been classified as "championship" sports at some point during the conference's 100-year history. Additional teams will be released on a weekly basis throughout much of the 2011-12 academic year.
|Women's Soccer All-Time Team|
|Kari Blasczyk (Appleton, WI/East)||UW-Eau Claire||1997-2000||More Info|
|Liz Kooistra (Lakeville, MN/Lakeville)||UW-Eau Claire||2005-08||More Info|
|Allie Rivard (Plymouth, MN/Wayzata)||UW-Eau Claire||2005-08||More Info|
|Allison Smith (Bloomington, MN/Jefferson)||UW-Eau Claire||2005-08||More Info|
|Anna Talbot (Apple Valley, MN/Eastview)||UW-Eau Claire||2004-07||More Info|
|Becky Westbrock (Oakdale, MN/N. St. Paul)||UW-Eau Claire||2003-06||More Info|
|Becky Brem||UW-Stevens Point||1992-95|
|Jenny Bruce||UW-Stevens Point||2000-03|
|Sarah Carlson||UW-River Falls||2003-05|
|Mary Jean Cornelius||UW-Stevens Point||2007-10|
|Kim Cwik||UW-Stevens Point||1994-95, 97-98|
|Margaret Domka||UW-Stevens Point||1998-2000|
|Kelly Fink||UW-Stevens Point||2001-03|
|Michelle Jacob||UW-Stevens Point||1998-2001|
|Marie Muhvic||UW-Stevens Point||1998-2000|
|Kristen Nokleby||UW-La Crosse||1992-95|
|Ashley Peterson||UW-River Falls||2003-06|
|Amanda Prawat||UW-Stevens Point||2005-08|
|Janie Probst||UW-Stevens Point||1992-95|
|Tara Schmitt||UW-Stevens Point||2001-04|
|Charisse Simcakowski||UW-Stevens Point||1992-95|
|Jennifer Tischaefer||UW-La Crosse||1996-99|
|Women's Soccer All-Time Coach: Sheila Miech (UW-Stevens Point) (1987-present)|
WIAC Commissioner Gary Karner remarked that this has been an extremely difficult process given the 100-year span and incomparable success the conference has experienced in most of its sports. Karner noted that in some sports, even achieving All-American status didn't necessarily guarantee an athlete a spot on the team. He also acknowledged that while disagreement is inherent and expected whenever there is a selection of an all-time anything (be it a team, restaurant or movie), the conference nonetheless felt it important to recognize student-athletes and coaches who have contributed to the success of the most accomplished Division III conference in NCAA history.
The student-athlete representation on each team has relied heavily on input provided by the sports information director from each of the nine WIAC campuses, while the process for selecting the head coach(es) for each team also includes input from a panel of media representatives. The number of individuals selected per team varies depending upon the nature of the sport itself as well as the number of years the sport has/had been sponsored within the conference.
The conference has also elected to establish a special "legacy" category to recognize those student-athletes and coaches who had extremely accomplished careers but competed during an era(s) when the compilation of statistical data was spotty at best and/or the style of play at that time does not translate for comparative purposes to the stats prevalent in the modern era. The WIAC "Legacy Team" will also be named at a later date.
All-Time Team members will receive certificates from the conference and it is hoped that most, if not all, of the recipients will be in attendance or represented at the WIAC Centennial Banquet to be held at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison on August 4, 2012.
More information on the activities and events associated with the WIAC Centennial can be accessed via the WIAC website at www.wiacsports.com.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is the proud sponsor of the WIAC Centennial Celebration