GVSU’s Jenny Shaba and Kayla Kimble Named 2013 GLIAC Women’s Soccer “Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year,” Respectively

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  BAY CITY, Mich. — Grand Valley State University senior forward Jenny Shaba (West Bloomfield, Mich./Walled Lake Western) was named the 2013 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference  (GLIAC) women’s soccer “Offensive Player of the Year,” while GVSU senior defender Kayla Kimble  (Livonia, Mich./Stevenson) was named “Defensive Player of the Year” in balloting conducted by the league’s coaches.

     Grand Valley State senior goalie Abbey Miller (Saginaw, Mich./Heritage) was named the  league’s “Goal Keeper of the Year,” while Northern Michigan University forward Paula Hafner (Malmo, Sweden / Malmo Borgarskola) was honored with the league’s  “Freshman of the Year”  award. Dave DiIanni, who guided Grand Valley State to its ninth-straight GLIAC Championship, earned “Coach of the Year” accolades.
 
     Shaba finished in third or better among all GLIAC players in six offensive categories this sea son. The West Bloomfield, Michigan native led the conference in shots (84), tied for the most points (27) and was tied for second in goals (10) and assists (7). Four of her goals were game-winning tallies.
 
     Kimble was the focal point of a dominant backline that allowed just one  goal  all season and posted 17 shutouts. She also helped the Lakers blank 13  consecutive opponents, which is the second longest streak in NCAA Division II  history. Thanks in large part to Kimble’s efforts, the GVSU defense held   opposing teams to a miniscule five shots per game. She notched a    game-winning goal and an assist as well.
 
       Miller led the nation in save percentage (.976) and goals-against average ( .062) en route to becoming the GLIAC’s first “Goalkeeper of the Year”.  She  only surrendered one goal in 18 starts this season and at one point played 1,228:08 consecutive  scoreless minutes, which is the second longest run in NCAA Division II history. The Saginaw, Michigan product finished the 2013 campaign with 13 solo shutouts.
 
    Hafner closed out the 2013 season leading her team across the board. She scored eight goals after starting all 18 games in her first season. Hafner’s first career goal came against Lake Erie   (Sept. 22), and added a s econd goal in the game to help NMU to a 3-0 win. She  recorded 52 total shots, including 29 on goal for a .558 shots  on goal   percentage and 23 points. Out of the 14 other NMU goals  scored on the  season,  Hafner assisted on seven of them, tying for second in the GLIAC on assists.
 
      DiIanni led the Lakers to their ninth consecutive GLIAC regular season title   with a perfect 12-0 mark in league play. Grand Valley State posted a 17-0-1 overall record and was ranked No. 1 in the NSCAA Top 25 poll for eight straight weeks in DiIanni’s 11th season at the helm. This is the fifth time he has won the award.

     The complete list of the 2013 All-GLIAC women's soccer teams and postseason awards is located below:

2013 GLIAC Women’s Soccer Postseason Awards

Offensive Player of the Year:

Jenny Shaba - Grand Valley State (JR/F/West Bloomfield, Mich./Walled Lake Western)

Defensive Player of the Year:

Kayla Kimble - Grand Valley State (SR/D/Livonia, Mich./Stevenson)

Goal Keeper of the Year:

Abbey Miller - Grand Valley State (SR/GK/Saginaw, Mich./Heritage)

Freshman of the Year:

Paula Hafner - Northern Michigan (FR/M-F/Malmo, Sweden/Malmo Borgarskola)

Coach of the Year:

Dave DiIanni - Grand Valley State

2013 All-GLIAC Women’s Soccer Teams

All-GLIAC First-Team

Position

Name

School

Yr.

Hometown/Previous School 

Forward

Nichole Boehnke

Ferris State

So.

Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc

Forward

Giulianne Domingues

Tiffin

Jr.

Porto Alegre, Brazil

Forward

Paula Hafner

Northern Michigan

Fr.

Malmo, Sweden / Malmo Borgarskola

Forward

Jenny Shaba

Grand Valley State

Jr.

West Bloomfield, Mich./Walled Lake Western

Midfielder

Marti Corby

Grand Valley State

Fr.

Ada, Mich./Forest Hills Central

Midfielder

Charlie Socia

Grand Valley State

Jr.

Portage, Mich./Central

Midfielder

Eryn Weber

Findlay

Jr.

Ashland, Ohio / Crestview

Defender

Amanda Foster

Ferris State

Sr.

Byron Center, Mich./South Christian

Defender

Kayla Kimble

Grand Valley State

Sr.

Livonia, Mich./Stevenson

Defender

Juane Odendaal

Grand Valley State

Jr.

London, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas

Defender

Tayler Ward

Grand Valley State

Sr.

Grand Blanc, Mich.

Goalkeeper

Abbey Miller

Grand Valley State

Sr.

Saginaw, Mich./Heritage

All-GLIAC Second-Team

Position

Name

School

Yr.

Hometown/Previous School

Forward

Jennifer Goethals

Saginaw Valley State

Fr.

Rochester, Mich. / Rochester

Forward

Kendra Stauffer

Grand Valley State

Fr.

Alto, Mich./Caledonia

Forward

Alyssa Tomassi

Northwood

Sr.

Macomb, Mich./Eisenhower

Midfielder

Kelly Krispinsky

Ashland

Sr.

Ashland, Ohio / Ashland

Midfielder

Krista Lewis

Ashland

So.

Mason, Ohio / Mason

Midfielder

Lauren Pratt

Ohio Dominican

So.

West Chester, Ohio / Lakota West

Defender

Kaitlyn Boelter

Michigan Tech

Sr.

Keshena, Wis./Shawano 

Defender

Kelsey Dropsey

Ashland

Jr.

Jeromesville, Ohio / Hillsdale

Defender

Sydney Simpson

Ohio Dominican

So.

Avon, Ohio / Avon

Goalkeeper

Laura Clark

Ohio Dominican

Jr.

Lapeer, Mich./Lakeville Memorial

All-GLIAC Honorable Mention Team

Position

Name

School

Yr.

Hometown/Previous School

Goal Keeper

Rebecca Plescia

Ashland

Sr.

Parma, Ohio / Padua

Midfielder

Abby Meirndorf

Ferris State

So.

Mason, Mich./Mason

Midfielder

Katie Burke

Finlday

Sr.

St. Mary's, Ohio / St. Mary's

Defender

Katy Woolley

Grand Valley State

So.

Dearborn, Mich. / Indiana

Defender

Lauren Gaitsch

Lake Erie

Sr.

Huntley, Ill. / Huntley

Forward

Christine Najjar

Malone

Fr.

Richfield, Ohio /Cuyahoga Valley Christian

Midfielder

Lindsey Van Rooy

Michigan Tech

Sr.

Kaukauna, Wis.

Midfielder

KC McCary

Northern Michigan

Sr.

Charlevoix, Mich. / Charlevoix

Defender

Allison Carroll

Northwood

Fr.

Grand Blanc, Mich. / Grand Blanc

Midfielder

Broegan Sautter

Ohio Dominican

Jr.

Bellville, Ohio / Clear Fork

Defender

Presley Tibbetts

Saginaw Valley State

So.

Grandville, Mich. / Grandville 

Forward

Lauren Bowyer

Tiffin

Sr.

Grove City, Ohio/ Grove City

Forward

Jessie Gearhart

Walsh

So.

Wadsworth, Ohio

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