Six USD soccer players earn All-NCC honors

Six USD soccer players earn All-NCC honors
Heiberger is Coach of the Year

The South Dakota women's soccer team placed an all-time best of six players on the 2005 All-North Central Conference team, according to an announcement release by the league office Nov. 10. By vote of the league's coaches, first-year head coach Becky Heiberger garnered Co-Coach of the Year honors.

USD's six All-NCC selections are the most in school history (two, 2002).

Sophomore Ashley Ervin (Western Springs, IL) became the second Coyote-ever (Jaime Strong, 2001) to be selected to the All-NCC first-team. This season, Ervin has scored 14 goals and recorded five assists. She led the league in points (33), goals (14) and game-winning goals (6), while totaling 54 shots (34 on goal). Ervin was twice named NCC Player of the Week.

For the second consecutive season, junior Tina Brummer (Gretna, NE) was named to the All-NCC second-team. Brummer, who scored five goals and notched six assists, is USD's first All-NCC repeat selection.

Senior Beth Schuster (Omaha, NE), junior Taryn Ketter (Columbus, NE), sophomore Katie Freeman (Urbandale, IA) and freshman Betsy Blackler (Rapid City) were all named to the All-NCC second team. Schuster has scored seven goals and recorded two assists, while Blackler is second on the team in shots with 44 and has three goals and five assists.

Ketter and Freeman, both defenders, have combined for six goals and three assists and helped USD tie a school-record for shutouts in a season with eight.

Heiberger became the second coach in school history, and second in as many years (Jessica Maddox, 2004), to earn coach of the year honors. Heiberger led USD to a 14-5-1 regular season mark, a 7-4-1 record in league play and its second consecutive berth in NCAA Division II postseason play.

She shares the honor with Minnesota State's Chris Miskec and North Dakota's Brock Thompson.

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