AZUSA, Calif.-- The accolades keep on coming for the women’s soccer team as six Cougars were recognized by the NAIA in its release of the 2011 all-American and Scholar Athlete teams.
Junior midfielder Markie Gleason highlighted the all-American list as she was named to the first team. Brittany Flanagan and Molly Lavin each earned second team honors while junior defender Rachael Harding received honorable mention.
Markie Gleason: The junior from Long Beach State, who earned second team all-American honors in her sophomore season, was again pivotal for the Cougars. The midfielder was crucial all season and helped Azusa Pacific dominate possession through the year. Gleason’s only score of the year came against No. 13 Concordia in a 2-0 win on Oct. 26.
Molly Lavin: When the Cougars needed a goal, often times it was Lavin to the rescue. Of her six goals, four were game winners, including a golden goal in the 95th minute against Rocky Mountain (Mont.) on Sept. 3. Lavin also added a goal in the team’s quarterfinal win over Mobile (Ala.).
Brittany Flanagan: Being just one of three seniors on the team, the Cougars looked to Flanagan’s leadership all year. The senior, who battled injuries early in the season, was a key piece in the middle alongside Gleason. Flanagan’s lone goal of the year couldn’t have come at a better time, as her header in the 77th minute against Ottawa (Kan.) sent the Cougars to the second round of the NAIA Championships.
Rachael Harding: Azusa Pacific’s defense was nearly impenetrable all season; allowing just six goals in the 16 games Harding started (missed the last five with an injury). The Cougars out shot opponents 339-109 this year, and gave up just 52 shots on goal. Harding was named to the NAIA all-American first team as a sophomore.
NAIA SCHOLAR ATHLETES
Four Cougars were named NAIA Scholar Athletes after their performance in the classroom.
Molly Lavin, Jr.
Markie Gleason, Jr.
Allysa Hinton, Sr.
Emily Wood, Jr.