March 22, 2013
In celebration of a successful season, the Minnesota women’s soccer program held the team’s annual banquet in the DQ Club Room at TCF Bank Stadium. Multiple members of the Maroon and Gold squad were honored for their efforts during the past year as individual awards were handed out as voted on by the team.
For the second consecutive season, sophomore Taylor Uhl was voted as the team’s Offensive Most Valuable Player. A third team All-American and first team All-Big Ten selection, Uhl finished her second year with the Maroon and Gold as undoubtedly one of the best players in the nation as well as the school’s history. Uhl played 1,656 minutes for the Gophers this fall, earning starting assignments in all 20 matches. The Eden Prairie, Minn., native led the country with 51 points and split rank at the top with 21 goals. Adding nine assists to her goal total, Uhl finished just two points shy of Minnesota’s single season record.
Senior Marissa Price also collected back-to-back MVP honors, earning the Defensive title. Price played all 1872 minutes of action as a crucial member of the defensive unit. Price led a backline effort that tallied seven shutouts and executed a killer offsides trap that caught opponents 81 times throughout competition. She also added three assists to the forward attack.
Allie Reinke was selected as the team’s Most Improved Player. As a freshman on the squad, Reinke showcased a progressive skill-set through each appearance during the season. Reinke finished the season after 10 on-field appearances, one goal, and one assist.
Senior captains Olivia Bagnall and Tamara Strahota were both tagged for the Iron Woman Award, given to the teammate that shows a hard work ethic and dedication to the team during practice and games. Bagnall started every match at the midfield position and tallied one assist, while Strahota finished her career with two goals and two assists in 18 matches played on the frontline.
Senior Nicole Baier received the Spark Award for being the team’s top relief player off the bench. Baier saw appearances in 13 of 20 matches in 2012 and delivered nine shots, five on goal, and added one assist.
The final away to be handed out was the Best Teammate Award, which was given to MacKenzie Misel. The award exemplifies what it means to put the team first and do whatever it takes to make the group better as a whole. Misel was an anchor on the backline of defense, also playing all 1872 minutes of action and helping the team to seven total shutouts.
2012 Offensive MVP: Taylor Uhl
2012 Defensive MVP: Marissa Price
2012 Most Improved: Allie Reinke
2012 Iron Woman Award: Olivia Bagnall and Tamara Strahota
2012 Spark Award: Nicole Baier
2012 Best Teammate Award: MacKenzie Misel
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