By Adam Samson/Sports Information Director
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Following Thursday’s American Midwest Conference Women’s Soccer Championship, the league office revealed its All-Conference teams, which included a pair of Stephens College student-athletes. Freshmen Martha Noelker and Savannah Thibault were named AMC All-Conference Honorable Mention at forward and defender, respectively.
For the first time in soccer program history, the Stars had more than one player receive All-Conference recognition. Noelker and Thibault, both Washington High School graduates, join the likes of Taylor Baker (2012) and Kenzie Andrade (2014) as All-Conference Honorable Mention selections.
Noelker had a banner year on offense, rewriting previous single-game, single-season and career records for goals scored and points. The forward from Washington, Mo., had three multi-goal games including the Stars’ first-ever hat trick against AMC opponent Central Baptist followed by a four-goal, one-assist performance at home versus Lincoln Christian. The busy week earned her an AMC Offensive Player of the Week accolade. Noelker finished her freshman campaign with 15 goals and two assists for a grand total of 32 points. Currently, her numbers for goals per game, shots on goal per game and shots per game rank in the top 50 nationally and top five in the AMC.
Savannah Thibault was a mainstay on the Stars’ backline during her freshman season and was one of just two players to start all 18 contests. The center back constantly tracked down opponent’s top strikers and helped the Stephens defense decrease its goals allowed by 28 from 2014 to 2015. Thibault was also a threat on the offensive end of the field, registering 14 shots on goal on 25 attempts. Two of the shots on target found the back of the net, both coming in the Stars’ 13-0 shutout at Faith Baptist Bible College. In addition, Thibault added an assist in each of SC’s games against Lincoln Christian.
Prior to the start of the AMC Tournament, the league also announced its AMC Academic All-Conference honorees. Several Stars were selected to the team and led all conference schools with 12 representatives. The senior class set the tone for Stephens with seven of the eight seniors receiving recognition.
To receive the award, each student-athlete must be in their second year at the institution and maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average.
The following players on the Stars’ soccer team were named to the 2015 American Midwest Conference All-Academic Team:
Rose Baka (Senior, Columbia, Mo.)
Gerica Curry (Sophomore, Crocker, Mo.)
Morgan Daniels (Sophomore, Hale, Mo.)
Sammy Dorman (Junior, Boonville, Mo.)
Caitlyn Gardner (Sophomore, St. Charles, Mo.)
Kirsten Izzett (Senior, Oregon City, Ore.)
Miranda Mammen (Sophomore, Chillicothe, Mo.)
Anna Martin (Senior, Florissant, Mo.)
Joelle Mason (Senior, Carlsbad, Calif.)
Bridget Teixeira (Senior, Hanford, Calif.)
Sarah Vitel (Senior, St. Charles, Ill.)
Dani Wilson (Senior, St. Louis, Mo.)
Leading the league in Academic All-Conference selections should come as no surprise considering the tradition Stephens upholds for having well-rounded student-athletes on the field and in the classroom.
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