From left: Nkem Ezurike, Christina Murillo and Clare Stachel
Nov. 1, 2011
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- The University of Michigan women's soccer team saw three student-athletes earn conference accolades, as the Big Ten Conference released its All-Big Ten teams on Tuesday (Nov. 1). Senior/junior Clare Stachel (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) and sophomore Nkem Ezurike (Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia/Sackville) each received All-Big Ten second team nods, while freshman Christina Murillo (Ojai, Calif./Nordhoff) was named to the all-freshman team. Senior Courtney Mercier (Erie, Pa./McDowell) is the team's nominee to the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
"I'm really proud of the whole team, because it takes everyone to play well and help players like Nkem, Clare and Christina earn these honors," Michigan head coach Greg Ryan said. "I think our conference has some great attacking players, so Clare and Nkem making it is outstanding and well deserved."
"Christina is an exceptional midfielder," Ryan added. "Everybody recognizes the skill and composure that she brings to them. And Courtney, since day one, has made her whole focus set on the success of the team. She's a true competitor, plays clean soccer, and plays with great sportsmanship."
Ezurike and Stachel were the team's top offensive weapons this season, accounting for 16 of the team's 26 goals, and 41 of the team's 74 points. Ezurike, who also was named to the second team last season as a freshman, led the team in goals (11), assists (six), and points (28) this season, surpassing the numbers from her rookie season (9 G, 1 A, 19 pts.). Ezurike is only the ninth player in program history to receive first or second team all-conference citations two or more times during their career.
Stachel recorded five goals (two on penalty kicks) and three assists this season, and was one of the team's four captains, along with Mericer, senior Kristen Goncalves (Ann Arbor, Mich./Gabriel Richard Catholic), and senior/junior Haley Kopmeyer (Troy, Mich./Lahser). Stachel has started every game during her three-year Michigan career (57-57). It is her first career All-Big Ten honor.
Murillo started every game in the Michigan midfield this season (19-of-19), and made an impact early on, tying a program record for most assists in a single game (three), when she helped on a trio of goals in the Wolverines' 6-0 win against Duquesne on Aug. 26. She recorded five assists on the season, and while she did not record a goal, she was third on the team in shots on goal (16).
Mercier started all 19 games this season in the Wolverines' midfield, recording her only goal against Duquesne. She finishes her Michigan career having played in 69 games (51 starts), with three career goals and three assists. A two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, Mercier has been accepted to the U-M Law School, where she will begin in August.
Michigan wrapped its season up last weekend, finishing with a 9-8-2 record, achieving back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 2003 and 2004.
2011 WOMEN'S SOCCER ALL-BIG TEN TEAMS
Coach of the Year: Janet Rayfield, Illinois
Forward of the Year: Maya Hayes, Penn State
Midfielder of the Year: Vanessa DiBernardo, Illinois
Defender of the Year: Jenna Carosio, Illinois
Goalkeeper of the Year: Michel Dalton, Wisconsin
Freshman of the Year: Taylor Uhl, Minnesota
ALL-BIG TEN TEAMS
Laura Heyboer, F, Michigan State
Morgan Marlborough, F, Nebraska
Maya Hayes, F, Penn State
Vanessa DiBernardo, M, Illinois
Christine Nairn, M, Penn State
Ali Schaefer, M, Penn State
Jenna Carosio, D, Illinois
Annie Steinlage, D, Michigan State
Danielle Scoliere, D, Ohio State
Lexi Marton, D, Penn State
Michele Dalton, GK, Wisconsin
Marissa Mykines, F, Illinois
Nkem Ezurike, F, Michigan
Taylor Schram, F, Penn State
Clare Stachel, M, Michigan
Jordan Mueller, M, Michigan State
Jordan Jackson, M, Nebraska
Dani Wu, M, Ohio State
Morgan Showalter, D, Iowa
Josie Solie, D, Minnesota
Emma Thomson, D, Penn State
Lindsey Johnson, D, Wisconsin
Erin McNulty, GK, Penn State
Jannelle Flaws, Illinois, F
Stephanie Pouse, Illinois, F
Cloe Lacasse, Iowa, F
Kate Brown, Iowa, D
Christina Murillo, Michigan, M
Becca Roberts, Minnesota, M
TAYLOR UHL, Minnesota, F
Kori Chapic, Penn State, D
Whitney Church, Penn State, M
Emily Hurd, Penn State, M
Cara Walls, Wisconsin, F
* Additional honorees due to a tie.
Unanimous selections in ALL CAPS
Sportsmanship Award Honorees
Stephanie Pouse, Fr., Illinois
Abby Smith, Fr., Indiana
Gabby Tinner, Sr., Iowa
Courtney Mercier, Sr., Michigan
Katelin Chaklos, Sr., Michigan State
Josie Solie, Sr., Minnesota
Stacy Bartels, So., Nebraska
Alison Schneeman, Sr., Northwestern
Liz Sullivan, Sr., Ohio State
Krissy Tribbert, Sr., Penn State
Alexis Tryba, Sr., Purdue
Julia Roddar, Fr., Wisconsin
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