Valencia Earns All-MIAA Second Team Honor


ROYAL OAK, Mich. - For the second consecutive season, Saint Mary's midfielder Mollie Valencia was named to the All-MIAA Second Team by the conference's soccer coaches for her efforts during the 2011 campaign.

Mollie Valencia looks forward in the Belles' home win against Albion.
Mollie Valencia looks forward in the
Belles' home win against Albion.
The sophomore was a starter in each of the Belles' 20 contests in 2011. Overall, she had three goals and a pair of assists as Saint Mary's won 10 games for the first time since 2005. Two of her three goals were game-winners. Her penalty kick against Albion turned out to be the deciding score in the Belles 2-1 victory against the Brits on October 26.
Both of her assists came in conference play as she assisted the game-winning goal against Olivet on September 14 and was credited with the helper on the Belles' first goal in a 2-1 win against Albion in September.

In just her second season, Valencia becomes the sixth soccer player in program history to earn All-MIAA honors multiple times in a career. Moreover, it is the eleventh consecutive season that the Belles have had at least one player earn all-conference accolades at the end of the season.

All-MIAA Honors

Most Valuable Player
Sam Barker, Adrian (sophomore from Temperance/Bedford HS)

All-MIAA First Team
GK - Monica Witt, Alma** (senior from Clio/Clio HS)
F - Sam Barker, Adrian** (sophomore from Temperance/Bedford HS)
F - Jackie Short, Kalamazoo** (junior from Troy/Athens HS)
F - Carly Reising, Alma** (senior from Otsego/Otsego HS)
F - Francesca Smith, Calvin** (junior from Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington South HS)
F - Elaine Cunningham, Alma* (junior from Ada/Forest Hills Central HS)
F - Liz Cancel, Calvin* (junior from St. Clair Shores/Fraser HS)
MF - Erin Weide, Adrian* (freshman from Madison Heights/Bishop Foley HS)
MF - Becky Marton, Alma* (senior from Williamston/Williamston HS)
D - Kellie Irwin, Adrian** (senior from Kentwood/East Kentwood HS)
D - Jordan Meeth, Kalamazoo* (sophomore from Three Rivers/Three Rivers HS)
D - Patti Vaassen, Adrian* (junior from Ann Arbor/Saline HS)
* - indicates number of years All-MIAA First Team

All-MIAA Second Team
GK - Chayna Wallace, Adrian (junior from Bedford/Bedford HS)
GK/F -  Jen Wall, Trine (senior from New Haven, Ind./New Haven HS)
F - Danielle Petzak, Hope (senior from Zeeland/Zeeland West HS)
F - Cara Johnson, Hope (sophomore from Chelsea/Chelsea HS)
F - Erin Jipping, Hope (freshman from Holland/West Ottawa HS)
MF - Megan Martinez, Kalamazoo (junior from Golden, Colo./Golden HS)
MF - Mollie Valencia, Saint Mary’s (sophomore from West Melbourne, Fla./Melbourne Central Catholic HS)
MF - Taryn Handyside, Alma (sophomore from Montrose/Hill-McCloy HS)
MF - Danielle Carter, Calvin (sophomore from DeWitt/DeWitt HS)
D - Rachel Pitzer, Kalamazoo (senior from Brighton/Brighton HS)
D - Brittany Dulyea, Alma (junior from Kentwood/East Kentwood HS)
D - Kylie Clark, Hope (junior from Noblesville, Ind./Noblesville HS)