Tejada, Redbirds Claim Impressive MVC Awards Haul
Aryn Newsom became the first Redbird to earn the MVC Goalkeeper of the Year award
Aryn Newsom became the first Redbird to earn the MVC Goalkeeper of the Year award

Nov. 7, 2013

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. - The Illinois State soccer team was well-represented at Thursday night's Missouri Valley Conference Awards Banquet in Evansville, Ind., as three players won individual awards and nine players earned All-Valley selections. Junior forward Rachel Tejada was crowned the MVC Player of the Year for the third-straight season, redshirt junior goalkeeper Aryn Newsom was named the MVC Goalkeeper of the Year and freshman Hannah Leinert was awarded the MVC Freshman of the Year, while head coach Drew Roff and his assistants were named the MVC Coaching Staff of the Year.

Tejada becomes the first player in conference-history to win three-straight Player of the Year awards, and second to win three overall. The Troy, Ill., native leads the MVC in points (36), goals (14), assists (eight) and shots (72). She became the conference's all-time points leader with a goal in ISU's win at Missouri State, Oct. 31, moving her total to 133 (53 goals, 27 assists). She is also the program's all-time assists leader, and is six goals shy of the all-time MVC- and program-record of 59 goals.

Newsom is the first Redbird to win the Goalkeeper of the Year award. The Manteno, Ill., native surrendered a league-low two goals in Valley games and tallied MVC-bests in goals-against average (0.33), save percentage (.900) and shutouts (four) in league action. Newsom tallied six shutouts overall on the season while moving up to second place on the program's all-time wins (33) and saves (204) lists.

Leinert ranks second only to Tejada in the league in points (26) and goals (10), and leads the Valley with six goals and 14 points in conference games only. She has tallied at least one point in all five Valley games she has played in, scoring at least one goal four times.

Roff, assistant coach Jim Schneiderhahn and graduate assistant Katie Baumgardner earned the fourth Coaching Staff of the Year honor of Roff's seven-season tenure. Roff has guided his teams to five MVC regular-season titles and three NCAA Tournament appearances by way of winning the MVC Tournament, the most-recent of which came in 2012 with the same staff.

Tejada, Newsom and Leinert were joined on the All-MVC First Team by senior forward Kyla Cross, equaling the program-record with four selections. Cross is tied with Tejada for the league-lead with a career-high eight assists, and is third on the Redbirds with 18 points. The first-team honor is the first of her career, and third All-Valley selection overall.

Freshman midfielder Dagny Olson, senior midfielder Anna Stinson and sophomore back Abby Van Deventer were named to the All-MVC Second Team. Olson ranks third on the team with six goals, and has tallied all 15 of her points in the last 11 games. Stinson is now a four-time All-Valley performer after registering eight points on two goals and four assists. Van Deventer earned the first All-Valley selection of her career by being ISU's defensive stalwart. She has played all 90 minutes at center back in 13-straight games, a stretch during which the Redbirds are 10-3 and have allowed just 0.85 goals per game.

Junior Gabbi McArtor was another Redbird defender recognized, as she earned All-MVC Honorable Mention Status. McArtor has played 1,607 of a possible 1,620 minutes while registering a career-high five assists. She has started 48-straight matches dating back to her freshman season.

Lastly, Sara Stankoskey joined Leinert and Olson on the MVC All-Freshman team. Stankoskey played in all 18 regular-season games, starting 14 times along the back line. She notched one assist.

ISU will begin the quest for a third-straight MVC Tournament title with a semifinal match against tournament-host Evansville, Friday at 6 p.m.

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