Ribbens and Sulzer Named to Great Lakes All-Region Women’s Soccer Teams
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
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)