March 29, 2013
Junior MacKenzie Misel and sophomore Katie Thyken have been named team captains for the Minnesota women's soccer 2013 spring season. Both individuals have proven exemplary character, team spirit, and leadership throughout their careers with the Maroon and Gold to earn the votes of teammates for the honor.
"MacK and Thyken are excellent selections for our team captains as we work to take another step forward with the program this spring," said head coach Stefanie Golan.
Misel is a member of the Gopher's solid defensive unit. During the 2012 fall season, she played earned starting assignments in all 20 season matches, playing every minute of action. Anchoring the back center, the Ankeny, Iowa native guided the team's defense to seven shutouts and helped force opponent attacks into 81 offsides infractions.
"Mack was one of our most consistent players in the fall, and she is a rock for us in the back four," says Golan.
An Eden Prairie, Minn. native, Thyken worked hard during her encore season with the Gophers and proved to be a force of control among the midfield. While starting in 20 of 20 matches in 2012, Thyken finished second on the team with seven goals and six assists for the offensive effort. She notched 31 shots throughout the season, 16 on target to the net.
"Thyken is such a warrior who you know will give the team every ounce of everything she has on a daily basis...she is the engine that makes our team go."
Golan added about the captains, "Both players lead by example, both on and off the field, and truly represent what it means to be a part of the Gopher Soccer program. We know they will do a great job leading the program forward."
The Maroon and Gold continue their progressive growth during spring training as the team prepares for its next competition in the Big Ten/Big XII Challenge on April 20.
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