September 20, 2013

Seven land on NCAC All-Decade squad

The Denison Big Red had seven former athletes named to the North Coast Athletic Conference 30th Anniversary Women's Soccer All-Decade team that was released by the league office earlier this fall.

Forwards Jen Clemmer '11 and Kimmi Oshita '11, midfielders Sarah Ash '09, Colleen Wirtz '06 and Anne Young '07, defender Kim Cochran '08, and goalie Liz Gillette '08 occupied seven of the 17 spots on the third-annual all-decade squad.

Jen Clemmer earned National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and D3soccer.com All-American status in 2010. That year she was also named the NCAC's Offensive Player of the Year.  In both 2009 and 2010, Clemmer earned NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region honors, first-team All-NCAC accolades and Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association (OCSA) laurels.  Clemmer finished her career with 33 goals, including 15 game winners, and 24 assists in 79 matches.

Kimmi Oshita was a three-time first-team All-NCAC selection and the league's Offensive Player of the Year in 2009.  She also earned second-team NSCAA All-American honors that same year.  Oshita was a three-time NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region recipient, including two first-team honors in 2008 and 2009.  Oshita also made three appearances on the OCSA All-Ohio and Academic All-Ohio squads.  Academically, she was a two-time ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV honoree.  Oshita completed her collegiate career with 39 goals and 84 points in 87 games.

Sarah Ash was a two-time first-team NSCAA All-American and All-Great Lakes Region selection (2007-08).  Ash was also a four-time all-conference selection and was named NCAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2007.  In 2007 and 2008, the OCSA chose Ash as their All-Ohio Player of the Year.  In addition to her accolades on the field, Ash also earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American honors in 2008 after receiving Academic All-District IV recognition in 2007 and 2008.  She was a two-time first-team NSCAA/Adidas Scholar Athlete All-American, and a two-time first-team Academic All-Ohio and All-Ohio recipient.  Ash finished her career at Denison with 24 goals and 21 assists in 89 appearances.

Colleen Wirtz was a four-time All-NCAC selection over the course of her collegiate career, including three first-team honors from 2003-05.  The 2002 NCAC Newcomer of the Year was a three-time second-team NSCAA All-American and a four-time All-Great Lakes Region pick.  Wirtz earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American honors in 2004 and 2005, and was an NSCAA Scholar Athlete All-American in 2005.  She also landed on the OCSA All-Ohio squad three times during her career.  Wirtz appeared in 83 matches during her four-year career and recorded 33 goals and 15 assists.

Anne Young was a four-time first-team All-NCAC selection from 2003-2006.  After an outstanding rookie campaign, she was selected as the conference's Newcomer of the Year.  Young was a four-time NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region selection, which included three-straight appearances on the all-region first team (2004-06).  Young was also named to the OCSA All-Ohio first team in 2003 and 2004.  Young closed out her career with 31 goals, including 13 game winners, and 13 assists in 76 career matches.

Kim Cochran was a four-time all-conference selection and the league's Defensive Player of the Year in 2006.  She was named to the NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region squad in 2005 and 2006, and earned OCSA All-Ohio honors in 2004. Cochran was a two-time ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV selection and an Academic All-Ohio selection.  Cochran recorded nine goals, including four game winners, and 12 assists in 86 career games.

Liz Gillette began her collegiate career in 2004 and was named the NCAC's Newcomer of the Year after an outstanding rookie campaign.  Gillette earned NSCAA All-American recognition in 2004 and 2005 and was a four-time all-conference pick, including three first-team honors.  She was a three-time All-Great Lakes region selection (2004-05, 2007) and a two-time OCSA All-Ohio recipient in 2004 and 2007.  Gillette posted a career-record of 56-19-9 with 38 shutouts. She also left Denison with a program-best 0.63 goals-against average in 86 career appearances in goal.

Ash, Cochran, Gillette, Wirtz and Young were all part of the 2005 squad that reached the NCAA "Elite 8" for the first time in program history.  Five years later, Clemmer and Oshita helped the Big Red return to the NCAA quarterfinals.  In all, Denison has reached the NCAA Tournament seven times over the last 10 years, including six-consecutive appearances from 2005-2010.

Denison had the most honorees (seven) on the 30th Anniversary All-Decade team, while Ohio Wesleyan and Wittenberg were second with three each.  Wooster had two representatives, while Kenyon and Allegheny each had one athlete named to the squad.