The Midwest Collegiate Conference has announced its women's soccer all-conference honors for the 2011 season. Thirty athletes were recognized as part of the all-conference teams as voted by the coaches, including 14 to the First Team and 16 to the Honorable Mention Team.
Grand View junior forward Jordyn Thompson (Newton, Iowa) was named the MCC Player of the Year. Thompson led the conference in goals (23) and points (52) and also was fourth in the league in assists (six). She scored seven game-winning goals to lead the MCC and rank fourth nationally in that category, and she also ranks among the NAIA national leaders in goals (eighth nationally), points (ninth) and points per game (tenth). Thompson helped the Vikings to a share of the MCC regular season title and into the conference tournament championship game against St. Ambrose.
"I am happy for Jordyn, she is very deserving of the award as she has worked very hard and has been very patient over the last two and half years," said Grand View Head Coach Ventsi Stoimorov. "I knew that we are getting a quality player three years ago, but serious injuries prevented Jordyn from showing her true potential her freshman and sophomore year. Being ranked in the top 10 in three of the goal scoring categories is a significant achievement for any player, but is especially meaningful for a true striker like Jordyn. That is what she thrives to do on the field and she is relentless in her pursuit to create and score goals. She knows that is her role on the team and she has embraced it."
Thompson was named to the MCC First Team along with senior Lindsey Bardole (Round Rock, Texas) and juniors Alecia Werner (Maplewood, Minn.) and Katie Zenz (Des Moines, Iowa).
Senior Bridgette Niles (Sioux City, Iowa) and junior Deb Jenkins (Hereford, England) were named to the Honorable Mention Team.
Grand View Head Coach Ventsi Stoimirov was named the MCC Coach of the Year. Stoimirov led the Vikings to a share of the MCC regular season title and the top seed in the MCC Tournament, as well as wins in 12 of their last 13 games heading into the MCC Tournament championship game. It is the third time in his career and the first time since 2004 that Stoimirov has received the top award for MCC coaches.
"Coach Stoimirov is a very deserving recipient of the MCC Women's Soccer Coach of the Year award. The Grand View Women's Soccer team has had a very successful year. It is an acknowledgement of the effort Ventsi, his staff and players have put in that his peers have nominated him for this prestigious honor," said Grand View Athletic Director Troy Plummer.
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