Carly Prins and Francesca Smith Receive All-Central Region Soccer Honors
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Two members of the Calvin women’s soccer team have received Division III All-Central Region honors as named by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and sponsored by Performance Subaru.
Calvin senior forward Carly Prins has been named to the All-Central Region first team while sophomore midfielder Francesca Smith has been named to the All-Central Region third team.
As a first team selection, Prins is now eligible for All-America consideration. A native of Hudsonville and a graduate of Unity Christian High School, Prins is receiving All-Central Region first team honors for the second consecutive year.
This past fall, Prins led Calvin in scoring with 12 goals, two assists and 26 points. She finished her career with 39 goals, 18 assists and 96 points, ranking 10th on the Calvin career list for goals, 12th on the Calvin career list in points and 14th on the Calvin career list in assists. Of her 39 career goals, 12 were game-winners.
Earlier this fall, she was named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Player and landed a spot on the All-MIAA first team for the fourth straight year. She is one of 12 individuals in MIAA women’s soccer history to receive All-MIAA first team honors four consecutive years.
Smith is from Bloomington, Indiana. She is a graduate of Bloomington South High School. A strong two-way player, Smith collected four goals, three assists and 11 points this fall with two of her goals proving to be game-winners. One of her game-winning goals came in a 1-0 victory over nationally-ranked Wheaton (IL), giving Calvin its first victory over the Thunder since 1998. She also scored a game-winning goal in an early-season 1-0 victory over regionally-ranked Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Smith was also named to the All-MIAA first team this fall.
Under the direction of head coach Mark Recker, the Calvin women’s soccer team finished 15-3-2 overall this year, reaching the NCAA III Tournament for the sixth consecutive year. The Knights earned another trip to the NCAA III Tournament by winning the MIAA Tournament title, defeating Alma 3-1 in the tournament final.