NCAA WOMEN’S SOCCER: SMSU’s Buchholz, Dehkes earn top awards in NSIC

BURNSVILLE – The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference announced Thursday that Southwest Minnesota State University third-year head soccer coach T.J. Buchholz has been named 2013 NSIC Coach of the Year, while freshman goalkeeper Brienna Dehkes has been named NSIC Goalkeeper of the Year.

The Mustangs also had six players named to the 2013 Northern Sun Intercollegiate All-Conference team. Miranda Cadena and Dehkes were named to the All-NSIC first team, while Autumn Hayes, Kendahl Fisher, and Megan Kilroy were named to the All-NSIC second team. Danica Requejo received All-NSIC honorable mention.

The 2013 season has seen many firsts for the Mustang soccer program, including the program’s first national ranking and setting SMSU single-season records for overall wins, NSIC wins, consecutive wins, and shutouts.

T.J. Buchholz

Buchholz has guided the 2013 squad to an overall record of 14-3-2, 11-2-2 in the NSIC and led SMSU to its first postseason NSIC tournament berth since 2007.

During his tenure, the Mustangs have recorded 26 wins, including 20 conference victories and its first winning record since 1999. Buchholz, who has ten seasons of head coaching experience at the collegiate level, came to SMSU after spending one season as assistant women’s soccer coach at NCAA Division I California-Riverside.

Buchholz becomes the program’s second coach to be named NSIC Coach of the Year – Jill McCartney was named Coach of the Year in 1999.

Brienna Dehkes

Dehkes, a native of Elk River, has had quite the successful first season at the collegiate level. She has started 18 of 19 matches in net for the Mustangs and recorded a NSIC record of 10-2-2.

Dehkes has recorded eight shutouts over NSIC opponents this season, which tied for the league lead. She owns an .879 save percentage and a goals allowed average of 0.55 in NSIC matches this season – both ranking second-best among NSIC goalkeepers.

Dehkes has made 58 saves and allowed just eight goals in conference play this season. As a true freshman, Dehkes set new SMSU single-season records in save percentage (.892), goals against average (0.54), wins (13) and shutouts (nine). She was named NSIC Player of the Week twice this season – Oct. 28 and Sept. 23.

Miranda Cadena

Cadena, a native of Highland, Calif., finished the season with six match-winning goals which ranks her first all-time in SMSU single-season history. Her season also ranks her second in shot-per-match average (3.88), third in shots attempted (66), fourth in points-per-match (1.65), fourth in shot on-goal average (2.24), fifth in shots on-goal (38), tied for fifth in points (28 points, 11 goals, six assists), sixth in goals-per-match (0.65), seventh in assists-per-match (0.35) and tied for eighth in assists (6).

Cadena recorded her first collegiate hat trick on Oct. 5 versus Bemidji State to lead SMSU back from a 3-0 deficit. She became the first Mustang to score double-digit goals in a single-season since Joelle Dean in 2004. This marks the first time Cadena has been named an All-NSIC selection.

Autumn Hayes

Hayes, a native of La Crescent, solidified her presence in the middle for SMSU all season long. She finished the season playing in all 19 matches and a total of 1,619 minutes.

Hayes recorded 13 points on five goals and three assists. She set a career-high for points in a match with five on Sept. 11 versus Sioux Falls.

Hayes finished the season with three match-winning goals, which ranks tied for fourth all-time in a single-season. She tied the SMSU single-season record for penalty kicks made, which Hayes previously set in 2012, with three. This marks the second time she has been named an All-NSIC selection (2011).

Kendahl Fisher

Fisher, a native of Lakewood, Calif., proved that she was an important catalyst to the Mustangs offense this season as her unselfish play saw her set the SMSU single-season records for assists (11) and assists-per-match average (0.58). She finished her sophomore season playing in all 19 matches with three goals, 11 assists and 17 points.

Fisher’s career 0.44 assist-per-match average currently ranks her first in program history, while her 16 career assists rank her tied for third most in program history. This marks the first time she has been named an All-NSIC selection.

Megan Kilroy

Kilroy, a native of Paramount, Calif., was a dependable midfielder all season long and her scrappy play did not go unnoticed. She played in all 19 matches and record 1,734 minutes – ranking sixth all-time for a single-season.

Kilroy helped the defensive unit record 10 shutouts and only allow 11 goals all season long. Kilroy was named NSIC Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 23 for her performances versus Minot State and U-Mary. This marks the first time she has been named an All-NSIC selection.

Danica Requejo

Requejo, a native of Yucaipa, Calif., led the SMSU defense to 10 shutouts and helped put together two separate shutout streaks of more than 300 minutes.

From Sept. 21 to Sept. 29, Requejo and the defensive unit set a program record by shutting-out four consecutive opponents. She was a defensive workhorse, playing in all 19 matches and logged 1,770 minutes.

Requejo didn’t miss a single minute all season long and her 1,770 minutes ranks fifth most in SMSU single-season history. She was named NSIC Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 30, for her performance versus St. Cloud State and Minnesota-Duluth. This marks the first time she has been named an All-NSIC selection.

More NSIC?awards

Minnesota State’s Korey Kronforst was named NSIC Offensive Player of the Year, Winona State’s Rebecca McCoy was named NSIC Defensive Player of the Year, and Upper Iowa’s Aimee Wronski was named NSIC Newcomer of the Year.