SEWARD, Neb. – The 2014 GPAC tournament champion women’s soccer team garnered a total of seven Midlands College All-Nebraska selections, as announced by the Omaha World-Herald on Christmas day. First team all-conference honorees Rachel Mussell, Jessica Skerston and Melissa Stine were each named to the 20-member All-Nebraska team while Jeannelle Condame, Chrissy Lind, Marcie Sindt and Esther Soenksen were tabbed honorable mentions.
Mussell, the team’s top goal scorer during her sophomore and junior seasons, transitioned to center back this season and helped the Bulldogs (15-3-4) become one of the nation’s stingiest defenses. A first team all-conference pick in 2012 and 2014, the native of Buffalo, Minn., helped Concordia break a school record with 12 shutouts while posting a goals against average of .820 (third best in the GPAC). Mussell ended her career with 26 goals (career high 14 in 2012) over 76 games.
Skerston emerged this season as one of the top goal scorers in the GPAC and across NAIA women’s soccer. The former St. Charles Lutheran posted a team high 17 goals, including a program record eight game-winning goals (tied for the most nationally entering the national tournament). Skerston scored at least one goal in 14 of 22 games with multiple-goal efforts on three occasions.
On the wing, Stine produced career highs with six goals and a team best five assists. Stine put up two goals in a 5-1 win over Doane on Oct. 8. The Omaha native concluded her career with totals of 14 goals and 11 assists over 74 games in her four-year run as a Bulldog.
Lind, a sophomore goalkeeper, broke school records for shutouts in a single-season (10) and career (13). Lind made 90 saves while sporting a goals against average of .860 and a save percentage of .826 in nearly 2,000 minutes in goal this season.
Among other honorable mention choices, senior Marcie Sindt was a second team all-conference award winner after teaming with Mussell in the back. Sindt notched the first three goals of her career as a starter in all 22 games in 2014. Soenksen (four goals) and Condame (three goals) were part of an impressive freshman class that piled up 24 of the team’s 41 goals.
OWH All-Nebraska Team
F Taylor Geis, Hastings So.
F Jessica Skerston, Concordia Fr.
F Sara Cushing, Doane Jr.
F Mercy Darkoah, Bellevue Sr.
F Montanna Hosterman, UNK Jr.
F Josie Brown, Wayne State Jr.
M Megan Kruse, Hastings So.
M Melissa Stine, Concordia Sr.
M Meghan Voigt, Doane Jr.
M Yaritza Estrada, Bellevue Sr.
M Sarah McGuire, College of St. Mary Jr.
M Mallory Hoyt, Wayne State Sr.
D Kelly Poland, Hastings Sr.
D Ciara Kuhlmann, Midland Jr.
D Rachel Mussell, Concordia Sr.
D Kate Petersen, Bellevue Jr.
D Lauren Hoeft, UNK Sr.
D McKenzie Hallstrom, Wayne Jr.
G Mallory Taylor, Hastings So.
G Laurence Rodier, Bellevue Fr.
Honorary captain: Taylor Geis, Hastings
Honorable mention: Aubriana Batchelor, Lauren Clark, Betsy Fischenich, Kristin Hanson, Bellevue; Lexi Bolamperti, Payton Roby, Erika Yost, Abby Zach, College of St. Mary; Jeannelle Condame, Chrissy Lind, Marcie Sindt, Esther Soenksen, Concordia; Kasey Hoppes, Doane; Kelsey Nealon, Kayla Nelson, Maddy Paskevic, Halee Wright, Hastings; Michaela Bigsby, Cassie Cattabiani, Caitlin Cooney, Midland; Madi Francis, Rachel Gordon, Shelby Knorr, Makensie Thaller, Nebraska Wesleyan; Carly Brown, Kristyn Otter, Meaghan Pasbrig, Kadie Walaszczyk, UNK; Rachel Mabrey, Alex Mathers, Kelsea Lambert, Wayne State; Katy Keefer, York.