Lincoln - The Nebraska soccer team earned three Big Ten Conference postseason accolades announced by the league offices on Tuesday. Senior Jordan Jackson was selected B1G Midfielder of the Year, while fellow senior Ari Romero was recognized as B1G Defender of the Year. Meanwhile, NU Head Coach John Walker was unanimously named B1G Coach of the Year as the Huskers claimed their first Big Ten Championship and first regular-season title since 2000.
Jackson guided the Huskers with eight goals and eight assists for a team-high 24 points, while also putting up a team-best 35 shots on target during the regular season. Jackson has earned a point in 12 of her last 16 matches and is third in conference matches with 17 points. Jordan’s 34 career tallies are eighth best among all-time Husker goal scorers, while her 27 assists are tied for seventh best in program history. The Overland Park, Kan. native also received First-Team All-Big 12 honors back in 2010.
Romero has been a workhorse on the back line of an NU defense that helped pitch six shutouts this season with four clean sheets in Big Ten play. In 2013, Romero has been part of a shutdown back line for the Huskers that allowed just 10 goals during conference play. Romero, who missed just one match this season to play for the Mexican National Team, is averaging more than 90 minutes per game. The Surprise, Ariz. native was a Second-Team All-Big Ten selection last season.
Senior goalkeeper Emma Stevens and freshman forward Jaycie Johnson were selected to the Second Team All-Big Ten, in their respective positions. Stevens is having a career year with a 1.04 goal-against average making 73 stops, as she became the all-time leader in saves at Nebraska. Johnson showed no nerves in making the transition to the collegiate level after she became the first NU freshman to score a pair of goals in her Scarlet and Cream debut and leads the team with 10 goals.
A pair of Huskers brought home All-Freshman Big Ten designations as Johnson and Sydney Miramontez were voted on the list. Johnson was a unanimous selection at the forward position, while midfielder Miramontez earned the honor after posting three scores and two assists up to this point in 2013.
Junior Hannah Dittmar was also acknowledged as a recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award as she posted a goal and two assists for NU. Dittmar distinguished herself through sportsmanship and ethical behavior this season and throughout her career.
2013 WOMEN’S SOCCER ALL-BIG TEN TEAMS AND INDIVIDUAL HONORS
Coach of the Year: JOHN WALKER, Nebraska
Forward of the Year: Jannelle Flaws, Illinois
Midfielder of the Year: Jordan Jackson, Nebraska
Defender of the Year: Ari Romero, Nebraska
Goalkeeper of the Year: Tarah Hobbs, Minnesota
Freshman of the Year: Rose Lavelle, Wisconsin
All-Big Ten Teams
Position First Team Second Team
Forward JANNELLE FLAWS, Illinois Cloe Lacasse, Iowa
Nkem Ezurike, Michigan Jaycie Johnson, Nebraska
Maya Hayes, Penn State Nichelle Prince, Ohio State
Midfield Meghan Toohey, Michigan Lisa Nouanesengsy, Indiana
Jordan Jackson, Nebraska Taylor Schram, Penn State
Mallory Weber, Penn State Kinley McNicoll, Wisconsin
Rose Lavelle, Wisconsin
Defense Holly Hein, Michigan Melanie Pickert, Iowa
Shelina Zadorsky, Michigan Mary Kathryn Fiebernitz, Michigan State
ARI ROMERO, Nebraska Megan Fuller, Ohio State
Whitney Church, Penn State
Goalkeeper Tarah Hobbs, Minnesota Emma Stevens, Nebraska
Forward MADISSON LEWIS, Michigan
JAYCIE JOHNSON, Nebraska
Nichelle Prince, Ohio State
Midfield Veronica Ellis, Indiana
Josee Stiever, Minnesota
Sydney Miramontez, Nebraska
Alexis Degler, Ohio State
ROSE LAVELLE, Wisconsin
Defense Amanda Lulek, Iowa
Brittany Basinger, Penn State
Kylie Schwarz, Wisconsin
Goalkeeper Tarah Hobbs, Minnesota
* Additional honoree due to tie.
Unanimous selections in ALL CAPS
Sportsmanship Award Honorees:
Kristen Gierman, Sr., Illinois
Rebecca Dreher, Jr., Indiana
Alex Melin, Sr., Iowa
Chloe Sosenko, Jr., Michigan
Kelsey Mullen, Sr., Michigan State
Steph Brandt, Sr., Minnesota
Hannah Dittmar, Jr., Nebraska
Kate Allen, Sr., Northwestern
Ellyn Gruber, Jr., Ohio State
Tani Costa, Sr., Penn State
Hadley Stuart, Sr., Purdue
Marisa Kresge, So., Wisconsin