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Women’s Soccer secures seven All-NACC selections

Photo by Megan Schmitz
Photo by Megan Schmitz

MEQUON, Wis. – The CUW women's soccer team tied a program record with seven All-NACC selections. The Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference announced its All-NACC Selections for women's soccer on Thursday morning. CUW landed four first-team selections, including freshman Karoline Haugland, who was named the Offensive Player of the Year and the Freshman of the Year. Ryan Middendorf was named the Coach of the Year.

"I am very pleased with the all-conference teams, said head coach Ryan Middendorf. "It's been a number of years since we have had such a large number represented. I also believe it says something great about our program when there is such a number represented. Each of the players recognized is certainly well deserving of the honor. Each of the players have played a significant role in our team's success this year."

Karoline Haugland

A freshman midfielder from Bergen, Norway, Karoline Haugland is earning her first All-NACC  First Team selection. Haugland earned the title of NACC Freshman of the Year and NACC Offensive Player of the year. She is the third Falcon to claim the Freshman of the Year title and the first to win Offensive Player of the Year. Haugland led the conference with 66 points and 28 goals. She is also third in assists with 10.

Allison McElwee

A junior forward from Laramie, Wyoming, Allison McElwee is claiming All-NACC First Team honors for the first time in her career. McElwee leads the NACC with 14 assists and in 11th in goals with 10.

Kaeley Sterkel

A junior goalkeeper from Dana Point, California, Kaeley Sterkel secured her first All-NACC First Team accolade. The junior was a force for the Falcons in the net and leads the NACC in save percentage (.836), wins (16), and has six complete shutouts on the season.

Ashley Yacks

A senior defender from Whittier, California, Ashley Yacks is appearing on the All-NACC First Team for the first time in her career. Yacks helped anchor a defense that has posted seven shutouts on the year and is average only 0.90 goals per game.

Isabel Downs

A sophomore forward from Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, Isabel Downs is claiming All-NACC Second Team honors for the first time in her career. Downs is eighth in points in the NACC with 12 goals and seven assists on the year.

Selena Esten

A freshman midfielder from Cedarburg, Wisconsin, Selena Esten secured her first All-NACC Second Team honor in 2019. Esten leads the NACC with 14 assists and 105 shots. She is fourth in the NACC with 20 goals, including five game-winning goals.

Kylie Haarmann

A sophomore midfielder from Statesville, North Carolina, Kylie Haarmann is claiming All-NACC Second Team honors for the first time in her career. Haarman helped produced three assists and a goal on the year.

Ryan Middendorf

In his 17th year as a head coach, he helped coach the Falcons to a second-place finish in the NACC and to a spot in the NACC Championship game. This is the second time he has been named the NACC Coach of the Year, the other coming in 2015.

Dominican also had seven selections, including sophomore defender Danielle Mason, who was named NACC Defensive Player of the Year.

The Falcons finished the conference schedule with a 10-2-0 record.

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