COLUMBUS, Ohio – Midfielder Ashley Bowyer, a 2009 NSCAA third-team All-American and first-team All-Big Ten selection, was selected by her teammates as the Ohio State women’s soccer Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive season. Six other award winners in addition to Bowyer were honored at the team’s annual awards brunch, held last Saturday at Ohio Stadium.
Bowyer was named a first-team NSCAA/Adidas Scholar-Athlete All-American and first-team Scholar-Athlete All-Mideast region on the day she was drafted in the fifth round of the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) draft by FC Gold Pride after scoring four goals and adding five assists last season.
Steuer Offensive MVP
After being named Defensive MVP of the team each of the last two seasons, midfielder Lauren Steuer changed things a bit and was named Offensive MVP in 2009. Steuer, a second-team All-Big Ten selection, was able to make a successful transition to the midfield from the back line, tallying four goals while leading the team with seven assists for a team-leading 15 points.
Scoliere Defensive MVP
Defender Danielle Scoliere earned Defensive MVP honors after starting all 20 games and becoming a key component to the Buckeyes’ back line. Scoliere proved to not only be valuable on the back line but also when brought forward for added offense. The sophomore assisted on a pair of goals including the game-winner in the season-opening win over Bowling Green.
Reed Most Improved
Reed, a freshman, was named the team’s Most Improved Player after playing in 18 games, scoring a goal and adding a pair of assists. A steady performer in the midfield, Reed scored her first collegiate goal to cap off the scoring in a win over Youngstown State.
Coaches Award Goes to Dickerson
Junior defender Cassie Dickerson received the Ohio State Coaches Award after starting 19 games for the Buckeyes en route to first-team All-Big Ten and first-team All-Great Lakes Region honors. The second-team NSCAA Scholar All-East region selection scored the game-winner on a penalty kick in the 79th minute of a 1-0 win over No. 24 Southern California.
Third-Straight for Beachy
For the third consecutive year, defender Lauren Beachy received the Elisa S. Hamilton award which goes to the player who consistently displays relentless intensity, passion and fury in her play. Beachy started all 20 matches and tied for third on the team with four assists, including a pair on game-winning goals.
Walker’s Fiery Buckeye Award Goes to….Aly Walker
The Pittsburgh native received the Fiery Buckeye award, displaying mature play and an experience level beyond a typical freshman. Walker played in 16 games off the bench and was extremely strong defensively on a Buckeye back line that gave up just 13 goals in 2009.