Dec. 3, 2012
MILWAUKEE - Senior Ally Miller of the Marquette University women's soccer team has been named to the 2012 NSCAA/Continental Tire Women's NCAA Division I All-America second team and was also selected to the second team 2012 Senior CLASS AwardÂ® list.
Miller, who anchored a Golden Eagles' defense that accumulated an NCAA-best 17 shutouts, recorded one assist and a career-best seven goals on the season, including a tally in MU's 3-1 victory over Princeton (Nov. 15) in the second round of the NCAA tournament to help the team advance to the Sweet 16.
"Ally is very deserving of these honors and we couldn't be happier," head coach Markus Roeders
said. "She will always pass credit on to her teammates but the consistancy of her play and effort throughout her career was remarkable. She played her best soccer this past fall and it helped our program each new heights. Being named an All-American in the classroom, on the field and being included among the top ten seniors is truly an honor for her and all of us at Marquette."
This is the first time in her career that Miller has been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's All-America team. The NSCAA's three all-America teams are comprised of the nation's top players in women's soccer. Miller along with the other student-athletes, will be recognized on Saturday, Jan. 19 at the All-America Luncheon in Indianapolis, Ind.
The Mequon, Wis., native was one of just 10 finalists for the 2012 Senior CLASS AwardÂ®, which is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I women's soccer. UCF forward Tishia Jewell was the recipient of this year's award.
In her final season, Miller was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and earned BIG EAST Championship all-tournament team honors as the team won the conference championship for a first time in program history and earned a fourth consecutive BIG EAST American Division crown. Miller will graduate in May with a bachelor's degree in advertising and marketing.