WINONA LAKE – The Grace College women’s soccer team was recognized with a wealth of national awards this week after a strong 2016 season.
The Lady Lancers picked up six All-American awards from the NAIA and NCCAA along with 11 other national honors.
Abby Schue and Meredith Hollar, a pair of former standouts at Warsaw Community High School, led the way for coach Michael Voss’ outstanding program.
Junior goalie Schue was named First Team NAIA All-American — the highest individual award a Lady Lancer has ever received from the NAIA. She was the top goalkeeper listed for national accolades from the NAIA.
Schue was also named Third Team NCCAA All-American and was honored to the NCCAA All-Tournament Team for her performance at the NCCAA National Championships.
She finished the season with 11 shutouts in 21 matches, posting a career-high 110 saves in the process.
“Abby is the best goalkeeper we’ve had at Grace, and our coaching staff is proud of her for this award. We believe that she is absolutely one of the best goalkeepers in the nation,” said Grace head coach Michael Voss. “She has continued to improve each year here at Grace. This year she was put to task more than any other with the schedule we played. Abby is a great representative for our team this year. The team celebrates as one for this recognition.”
Senior forward Hollar was given honorable mention status for NAIA All-American and was also Third Team NCCAA All-American. She led Grace’s attack all season with 10 goals and three assists.
Hollar scored the game-winning goal in five of the Lady Lancers’ eight wins. She has worked “incredibly hard and overcome much adversity,” according to Voss. The three-time All-American, who was also named the NCCAA’s Game Plan 4 Life winner, graduates fifth in team history for career goals and sixth for career points.
Maile Grout and Kristelle Jadoo earned their first national awards as NCCAA Third Team All-Americans. The seniors were the only two players, aside from Schue, to start in every game.
Grout was a controlling presence in Grace’s midfield, picking up a goal and two assists. Jadoo cemented a strong defensive line for Grace; the Lady Lancers only surrendered four goals in their last 10 matches.
Additionally, Grace was recognized for its outstanding work in the classroom. Grout, Hollar, Schue, Kaitlyn Hayes, Meredith Matson, Sabina Meyers, Hannah Miller, Emma Neahusan, Carlie Salinas and Marina Tolczyk were named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. To become a Scholar-Athlete, a student-athlete must maintain a GPA of 3.5 and achieve upperclassman status.