WOMEN’S SOCCER: Awards keep fast pace for Mustangs

INDIANAPOLIS – The accolades continue to rack up for the Southwest Minnesota State women’s soccer team and sophomore forward Miranda Cadena, who has been named to the 2013 Daktronics NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer All-America honorable mention team.

This season, Cadena has been named to the National Soccer Coaches’ Association of America/Continental Tire All-Central Region first team, 2013 Daktronics All-Central Region Player of the Year, Daktronics All-Central Region first team, and All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference first team.

Cadena, a native of Highland, Calif., scored 13 goals and tallied six assists for 32 points for the Mustangs this season. She became the first SMSU player since Joelle Dean in 2004 to score double-digit goals in a single-season.

Her seven match-winning goals in 2013 set the new SMSU single-season record, while she finished in the top 10 in SMSU single-season history in matches played (tied for first, 22), matches started (tied for first, 22), shots attempted (second, 79), shots on-goal (tied for third, 45), points (fourth, 32), shots per match (fourth, 3.59), goals (tied for fourth, 13), shots on-goal per match (fifth, 2.05), points per match (seventh, 1.45), goals per match (seventh, 0.59) assists (tied for eighth, 6), and minutes played (9th, 1,780).

In only two seasons on the field, Cadena currently holds the SMSU all-time record for points per match (1.18), goals per match (0.49), and match-winning goals (11). She ranks eighth in points (46), and tied for eighth in goals (19).

Cadena recorded her first career hat trick this season versus Bemidji State on Oct. 5, to lead SMSU to a 4-3 victory after trailing 3-0 in the second half.

California State-Stanislaus senior forward Karenee Demery was named the Ron Lenz National Player of the Year to headline the 2013 Daktronics NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer All-America Team.

Demery, now a four-time All-America selection, also joined 12 other student-athletes on an All-America first team that also features midfielder Sydney Bond (St. Rose) as a repeat honoree.

Other first-team honorees include goalkeeper Abbey Miller (Grand Valley State), defenders Kayla Kimble (Grand Valley State), Alison Fitzsimmons (American International), Briana Jones (Western Washington) and Lauren Impey (Slippery Rock); midfielders Marti Corby (Grand Valley State), Kelly Penston (North Georgia) and Paxton Sickler (Rollins) and forwards Sonia Basma (American International), Korey Kronforst (Minnesota State-Mankato) and Jenny Shaba (Grand Valley State). Seven of the 13 first-team honorees come from 2013 Final Four teams, vying for the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championship this weekend in Evans, Ga.

The Ron Lenz National Player of the Year award was named for long-time South Dakota State sports information director Ron Lenz in 2008. He was instrumental in the foundation of the Daktronics NCAA Division II All-America program, which honors outstanding student-athletes across eight NCAA Division II sports.

All-Central Region Team

Five Southwest Minnesota State University women’s soccer players have been named to the 2013 National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Continental Tire All-Central Region team. Freshman Goalkeeper Brienna Dehkes and sophomore forward Miranda Cadena were named to the first team, junior midfielder Autumn Hayes and sophomore midfielder Megan Kilroy were named to the second team and sophomore forward Kendahl Fisher was named to the third team.

Dehkes, a native of Elk River, was named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Goalkeeper of the Year, while also being named to the All-NSIC first team and Daktronics All-Central Region first team as a true freshman.

Dehkes set SMSU single-season records with 15 wins, a goals against average of 0.69 and nine shutouts, while her .874 save percentage ranks second all-time. She finished the season with a record of 15-4-2 in 21 games started and 1,949 minutes in the net.

Dehkes allowed just 15 goals and made 104 saves. She recorded a career-high 13 saves in SMSU’s 2-1 win over Minnesota State in the NCAA Central Region semifinal match Nov. 17.

Dehkes earned NSIC Goalkeeper of the Week honors twice this season.

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 22 matches and recorded 2,004 minutes, ranking fifth all-time for a single-season.

Kilroy helped the defensive unit record 10 shutouts and only allow 15 goals all season long.

She was named NSIC Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 23 for her performances versus Minot State and U-Mary. Kilroy was named to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference second team earlier this season.

Hayes, a native of La Crescent, solidified her presence in the middle for SMSU all season long. She finished the season playing in all 22 matches and a total of 1,882 minutes. Hayes recorded 13 points on five goals and three assists.

She set a career-high for points in a game 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 she previously set in 2012, with three. Hayes was named to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference second team earlier this season.

Fisher, a native of Lakewood, Calif., proved this season that she was an important catalyst to the Mustang offense as her unselfish play saw her set the SMSU single-season records for assists (12) and assists per game average (0.55).

She finished her sophomore season playing in all 22 matches with three goals, 12 assists and 18 points. Her career 0.44 assist per game average currently ranks her first in program history, while her 17 career assists ranks third most in program history.

Fisher was named to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference second team earlier this season.