Women's Soccer: 2011 Award Winners Revealed

  • By Tim Goodenow
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  • February 04, 2012 05:23 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia women's soccer team honored its seniors and handed out the 2011 season awards Saturday at its annual postseason banquet. The afternoon luncheon celebrated the team's championship season and the careers of its six-member senior class.

WVU finished with a 17-5-0 record – one win shy of tying the school record for wins in a season. The Mountaineers won the program’s fifth BIG EAST division title and third BIG EAST Championship.

Junior Caroline Szwed was named the team’s most valuable player for her efforts in the midfield. An Oakville, Ontario, native, she started all 22 matches in linking the back line with the attack. She scored a goal in WVU’s BIG EAST quarterfinal win over Seton Hall and had a multi-assist game against Syracuse. Szwed’s performances helped the Mountaineers win 15 of their last 17 matches to close the season.

Center back Drea Barklage was named the team’s most defensive player for a second straight season. She helped WVU’s defense record 11 shutouts and hold 10 opponents to less than five shots on-goal. The St. Louis, Mo., native picked up BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week and Soccer America Team of the Week honors.

Forward Blake Miller earned the team’s most offensive player award for the third straight season. A St. Louis, Mo., native, she earned All-BIG EAST first team honors as a senior after leading the team in goals (10), points (27) and game-winners (5). Miller was named the 2011 BIG EAST Championship Most Outstanding Offensive Player in helping WVU win back-to-back championships. She ends her career with 85 career points (fifth all-time), 33 career goals (fifth all-time) and 19 career assists (ninth all-time). The Mountaineers were 28-2-1 all-time when Miller scored a goal.

Rookie Kate Schwindel was voted the team’s most improved player after stellar freshman season. The Livingston, N.J., native landed a spot on the Soccer America All-Freshman second team. An All-BIG EAST second teamer, Schwindel was named the 2011 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year. She finished with three multi-point games and scored the fastest goal in school history in WVU’s win at Georgetown, only 55 seconds into the match. Schwindel’s 19 points, six goals and seven assists, each tie for third-most by a freshman in school history

Lastly, senior Erica Henderson was selected for the Mountaineer S.O.C.C.E.R. award. The award is given by the coaches to the individual who displays good sportsmanship, optimism, character, concern, effort and respect. The Rochester, N.Y., native was drafted by the Western New York Flash in the 2012 WPS Draft. A 2011 NSCAA Scholar All-East Region selection, Henderson was the only Mountaineer to play every minute of the 2011 season – 1,997 minutes.

All other team awards were voted on by the players. The graduating seniors are midfielder Morgan Betscher, defender Barklage, forward Chelsey Corroto, defender Henderson, defender Meghan Lewis and forward Miller.

The senior class posted a five-year record of 77-25-15 and finished the 2011 season ranked No. 9 by Soccer America. The Mountaineers held an eight-match win streak entering the NCAA tournament – its 12th consecutive appearance.