Seniors honored by National Soccer Coaches Association of America
NDSU seniors Abbey Moenkedick and Michelle Gaffaney were selected to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Scholar All-Central Region second team for the 2011 season.
Moenkedick, the 2011 Summit League Defensive Player of the Year, has a 3.49 grade-point average in nursing. The Champlin Park, Minn., native also was named first team all-league and to the Summit League All-Tournament team. She led the team in assists with seven and was a vital piece of a defense that tallied a school record 11 shutouts. Moenkedick was a first team Scholar All-Central honoree in 2010 and a second team pick in 2009.
Gaffaney was a second team all-Summit League honoree this past fall. She tied for the team lead in goals with six, including three game-winners. A Summit League all-tournament selection, the Bloomington, Minn., native has a 3.80 grade-point average in biological sciences. This is her first National Soccer Coaches Association of America academic honor.
Both players were part of a record-setting campaign that saw the Bison win a school record 15 games and advance to the league tournament for the third year in a row. NDSU finished the season 15-4-2 overall and 7-1-1 in the Summit League.