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Ribbens and Sulzer Named to Great Lakes All-Region Women’s Soccer Teams

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

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Great Lakes All-Region Teams

Two members of the Calvin women’s soccer team have received Division III Great Lakes All-Region honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Named to the Great Lakes All-Region first team is Calvin senior Elizabeth Ribbens while Calvin junior Kayla Sulzer has been named to the third team.

A native of Tinley Park, Illinois, Ribbens is receiving all-region accolades for the second time in her career. Ribbens was a third team all-region selection in 2006. This fall, Ribbens led Calvin in scoring with 34 points on the strength of 12 goals and 10 assists. Three of her goals this season were game-winners. A graduate of Victor J. Andrew High School, she finished her career ranked among Calvin’s top 10 in goals, assists and points. Earlier this fall, Ribbens was named to the All-MIAA first team for the third time in her career.

A native of St. Charles, Missouri, Sulzer is also receiving Great Lakes All-Region honors for the first time. A goalkeeper, Sulzer was 7-2-2 in goal for the Knights this fall along with a sparkling 0.35 goals-against-average as she allowed only four goals in over 1,000 minutes of game time. A graduate of Whitfield High School, Sulzer was also credited with 38 saves. Like Ribbens, Sulzer was also named to the All-MIAA first team this fall.

Sulzer is the first goalkeeper in Calvin women’s soccer history to receive all-region honors since Cindy Feinauer received the award in 1995 and 1996.

Under the direction of head coach Mark Recker, the Calvin women’s soccer team finished 18-2-2 this fall, capturing its fourth consecutive MIAA title. The Knights also gained a berth in the NCAA III Tournament for the fourth straight year before bowing out in the second round with a penalty kick shootout loss to the University of Chicago.

Calvin College Women’s Soccer All-Region Selections

1993                                       Kristin Penzotti (2nd Team), Kendra Douma (3rd Team)
1994                                                                 Kristin Penzotti (2nd Team)
1995                     Tara Dyk (1st Team), Cindy Feinauer (2nd Team), Erin Henkel (3rd Team)
1996                     Cindy Feinauer (1st Team), Cara Jansen (3rd Team), Tara Dyk (3rd Team)
1997                     Tara Dyk (1st Team), Amber Wiersma (1st Team), Cara Jansen (2nd Team)
1998                     Tara Dyk (1st Team), Cara Jansen (2nd Team)
2000                                   Tricia Dyk (2nd team)
2001                                   Tricia Dyk (2nd team)
2002                           Tricia Dyk (3rd team), Kristin Carlson (3rd team)
2003                                     Sarah Weesies (3rd team)
2005                                             Jill Capel (3rd team)
2006           Jill Capel (1st team), Sarah Weesies (1st team), Elizabeth Ribbens (3rd team)
2007                                                               Ashley Bolen (3rd team)
2008                       Elizabeth Ribbens (1st team), Kayla Sulzer (3rd team)

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3 comments on "Ribbens and Sulzer Named to Great Lakes All-Region Women’s Soccer Teams"
  • Hey..I’m a Sulzer from the pacific northwest wanting to say that it’s good to see a Sulzer doing something so very positive and good. More power to ya…..(and you’re so good looking too).;...J

    Posted by joseph sulzer on 07/28 at 12:51 AM
  • Congratulations, Elizabeth!  You are so blessed!  We are so proud of you!
    Aunt Linda and Uncle Randy

    Posted by Linda Buteyn on 12/09 at 11:23 PM
  • That’s my Girl!

    Posted by Auntie Lynn on 12/09 at 11:32 AM