COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State senior midfielder Lara Dickenmann was honored as the Most Valuable Player and the Offensive MVP of the 2007 women’s soccer team at the team’s annual awards banquet, held Saturday at Ohio Stadium.
Dickenmann, an international business major from Kriens, Switzerland, led the Buckeyes to the Big Ten tournament championship game and to their fourth NCAA tournament appearance this past season with 16 points, including a team-best eight assists.
“Being named team as well as offensive most valuable performer during her senior season is a fitting ending for Lara’s Ohio State career,” Ohio State head coach Lori Walker said. “She helped this program reach new heights as a freshman when we won three games in the NCAA tournament and played for a College Cup berth, and to lead us back to the NCAA tournament as a senior was a true testament of Lara’s and our seniors’ determination and will to win.”
Lauren Steuer, a red-shirt freshman from Cincinnati and McNicholas High School, was chosen as the team’s Most Valuable Player on defense. Steuer, who can play in the midfield or backline, started 22 of the team’s 23 games this season and, in addition to providing a tough defensive presence, contributed two assists.
Courtney Jenkins, a freshman from Dublin Coffman High School, was named the team’s Most Improved Player. Jenkins contributed four goals and an assist for nine points and she started 19 times this past season.
The evening also included additional honorees and awards.
The 2007 team featured six seniors: Arbulu, Ball, Dickenmann, Mitchell, Portier and Kate Linehan, from Columbus and Watterson H.S., who played in four games this season and is now preparing to attend medical school.
Walker and the Buckeyes are in the middle of their spring practices. The team will host Cincinnati at 3 p.m. Sunday in an exhibition contest at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.