Concordia junior Sam Johnson was named the MIAC MVP on Thursday. She was one of six players to earn postseason honors.
MOORHEAD, Minn. (11/12/09)-- Concordia had six players and head coach Dan Weiler receive MIAC postseason honors it was announced by the league office on Thursday. The Cobbers, who went undefeated in the conference regular season, had the most players earn postseason awards of any school in the league.
Concordia junior Sam Johnson was named the MIAC Most Valuable Player as she scored 11 goals in conference play and had five game-winning goals. She led the MIAC in goals scored, points and game-winning goals. She finished the 11-game conference slate with 11 goals and one assist for 23 points. Johnson becomes the second Concordia player to earn the league's top player honor. Morgan Bain was a two-time conference MVP as she won the award in 2004 and 2006. Johnson finished the season by scoring at least one goal in 11 straight games.
Johnson was also named to the MIAC All-Conference Team for the third consecutive season. Joining Johnson on the All-Conference Team were midfielders Abby Habein and Susan Obermiller and freshman forward Sarah Rounds. Freshman goalie Ali Nelson was named to the MIAC All-Conference Honorable Mention Team while senior Kayte McGuirewas placed on the All-MIAC Sportsmanship Team.
Weiler earned his third MIAC Coach of the Year award. He also won the award in 2003 and 2007. Weiler helped guide the team to a 10-0-1 mark in MIAC play. The Cobbers also were 16-0-2 in overall games which ties the program record for wins in a season. Concordia has been ranked in the top 25 of the nation since Sept. 9 and is currently ranked 8th in the final NSCAA regular season national poll. It marks the first time in school history that Concordia has been ranked in the top 25 of the country.
Habein was the team's play-making central midfielder and had five a team-leading five assists in conference play. It is the second straight year Habein has been named to the All-Conference squad.
Obermiller also made the MIAC All-Conference Team for the second consecutive season. Like Habein she also had five assists but added three goals for 11 points in the team's 11 league games. She had two game-winning goals during the year and was second on the team in scoring in league games.
Rounds added a second top-flight scoring threat for Concordia from the front line. Like Habein and Obermiller, she also had five assists in the league. She added two goals during the year to finish with nine conference points.
Nelson filled the void in the Cobber defense at the beginning of the year by stepping in and taking over the starting keeper duties. She played in all 11 conference games and allowed only five goals. She finished the MIAC season with a 0.44 goals against average and posted seven shutouts. She led the MIAC in shutouts and was second in goals against average.