Carly Prins Named MIAA Women’s Soccer MVP - Six Players Receive All-MIAA Honors
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Calvin College senior Carly Prins has been named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Player in women’s soccer.
A native of Hudsonville and a graduate of Unity Christian High School, Prins is the seventh individual in Calvin women’s soccer history to receive the award. She is also the fourth Calvin fall sports athlete to be named MIAA MVP this year as Nick Kramer (men’s cross country), Jodi Hoekstra (women’s cross country) and Rebecca Kamp (volleyball) were previously so honored. Prins has also landed a spot on the All-MIAA first team for the fourth consecutive year. She is just the 12th player in MIAA women’s soccer history to be named a four-time first team All-MIAA selection.
A forward, Prins tied for the MIAA scoring title this fall with 17 points in eight league games, collecting eight goals and one assist. She also scored a pair of goals in Calvin’s two-game run to the MIAA Tournament title last week. She was also named MIAA Offensive Player of the Week once this fall.
Prins is joined on the All-MIAA first team from Calvin by senior defensive back Kellie Honderd, sophomore midfielder Francesca Smith and freshman defensive back Elizabeth Drennan. All three are making their first appearance on the All-MIAA first team.
A four-year starter on defense, Honderd is from Hudsonville and is a graduate of Unity Christian High School. During the conference season, she tallied two goals and one assist and helped anchor a Calvin defense that allowed only three goals in eight league games. She also assisted on one of the three goals scored by the Knights in their 3-1 victory over Alma in the MIAA Tournament finals this past Saturday.
Smith is from Bloomington, Indiana. She is a graduate of Bloomington South High School. Smith had two goals and two assists in league play this fall and picked up an assist in Saturday’s win at Alma.
Drennan is from St. Charles, Illinois. She is a graduate of St. Charles East High School. Drennan has started in all 19 games for Calvin this fall and in league play, was credited with three assists while also serving as a lock-down defender.
In addition, sophomore midfielder Jillian Honderd and freshman goalkeeper Ashton Hearn have been named to the All-MIAA second team.
Jillian Honderd chalked up three goals and two assists in league play this fall. She scored the game-winning goal in a 3-0 win over St. Mary’s on September 29. She then scored the biggest goal of her collegiate career in a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Kalamazoo College in the MIAA Tournament semifinals November 2, blasting in a shot with 9:56 left in regulation that gave Calvin a 2-1 lead.
A native of Port Huron and a graduate of Port Huron Northern High School, Hearn has appeared and started in all 19 of Calvin’s games this fall, recording a goals-against-average of 0.31 with 13 shutouts. In conference play, she led the league in goals-against average (0.36), was second in saves percentage (.812) and was second in shutouts (5).
Calvin is currently 15-2-2 overall and placed second in the MIAA regular season standings with a 6-1-1 conference record. The Knights then captured their third MIAA Tournament title with wins over Kalamazoo and Alma last week.
Calvin is now preparing for NCAA III Tournament play as it will face third-ranked Otterbein College in a first round game Friday morning at 11 a.m. in Westerville, Ohio.
CALVIN’S MIAA WOMEN’S SOCCER MVP’S
Kristin Penzotti, 1994
Tara Dyk, 1997
Tricia Dyk, 2001 & 2002
Sarah Weesies, 2003
Jill Capel, 2005 & 2006
Emily Ottenhoff, 2009
Carly Prins, 2010