Nov. 30, 2012
As announced by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), forward Taylor Uhl has been selected to the NSCAA/Continental Tire Women's NCAA Division I All-America Third Team after a stellar year on the pitch. The honor is the fourth overall for a Minnesota athlete and the first for a Gopher player since 1997 when Jennifer McElmury received a first team accolade.
Uhl was a huge part of the Gophers' success this past season, helping the team to an 11-7-2 overall record, finishing the season with 21 goals and nine assists. At the end of the season, she held the top spot in the nation in points (51) and tied for first in goals. She also ranked first in the Big Ten Conference with 2.55 points per game and 1.05 goals per game, statistics that placed her second nationally.
While accomplishing these marks, Uhl has set new records for Gopher Women's Soccer, notching three hat tricks in a single season, for a school-best of five in her career. She also set the record for consecutive matches with a goal (nine) and a point (13). After two years of play, Uhl already ranks fifth on Minnesota's career leaderboard in both points (85) and goals (36).
"One of the great things about being a part of a team sport is that one player being recognized is a reflection of the entire program," said head coach Stefanie Golan. "Taylor worked extremely hard to make an impact this year, and she did so on a consistent basis. Whether she was scoring goals, setting up goals, or drawing attention away from other players, Taylor positively impacted our program and she makes our team better. It is obvious that she is one of the nation's top goalscorers, and we are excited to get to work with her for two more years. This is a tremendous honor for Taylor and the Gopher Soccer Family."
Student-athletes on all teams will be recognized Saturday, Jan. 19 at the annual All-America Luncheon, held in conjunction with the 2013 NSCAA Convention in Indianapolis.
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