Northwest Scores All-MIAA Soccer Honors

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Northwest Missouri State University women’s soccer program had four student-athletes selected for the 2019 all-MIAA squads.

Senior midfielder Izzy Romano (Kansas City, Missouri), senior defender Emily Madden (St. Joseph, Missouri), junior midfielder Manuela Gonzalez (Overland Park, Kansas) and freshman midfielder Kaylie Rock (Lee’s Summit, Missouri) represent the Bearcats on the all-MIAA selections.

Romano earned third-team all-MIAA honors. She has played in 16 games this season tallying three goals, four assists and 10 total points. She has taken 37 shots with 17 of them being on goal. Romano was named honorable mention all-MIAA in 2018.

Madden was named all-MIAA honorable mention. She has played in 17 games this season after transitioning from a midfielder to a defender. She has taken eight shots with two of them being on goal. Madden previously earned third-team all-MIAA honors in 2018.

Gonzalez was also named all-MIAA honorable mention in her first year as a Bearcat after transferring from Johnson County Community College. She has played in 18 games this season scoring two goals and recording one assist. She has taken 21 shots with eight of them being on goal.

Rock also earned all-MIAA honorable mention in her first year as a Bearcat. She has played in 18 games this season netting in three goals and one assist. She has taken 58 shots with 32 of them being on goal. Rock scored a game-winning goal against Missouri Western during the regular season. Rock earned the MIAA’s Offensive Player of the Week award in the final week of the regular season – becoming Northwest’s first MIAA player of the week since Sept. 8, 2015.

The Bearcats have seen improvement overall this year, especially in conference wins. The Bearcats went 4-5-2 during the regular season compared to last year’s 1-10 conference record. Northwest’s sixth place finish in the final regular season standings is the best finish since the Bearcats placed fifth in the 2012 season. Northwest’s 14 points in the team standings is also the most since scoring 20 points in the 2012 campaign.

Northwest has exceeded its goal output from last year as well. The Bearcats have tallied 29 goals this season, compared to nine goals in the entire 2018 campaign. Northwest’s 29 goals scored are the most since the Bearcats put 31 in the net in the 2012 season.

The complete list of the 2019 All-MIAA Honors is listed below.

All-MIAA First-Team 
Goalkeeper – Lindsey Johnson – Central Missouri, Jr.
Defender – Allysa Gann – Central Missouri, Sr.
Defender – Skylar Drum – Central Missouri, Jr.
Defender – Kelsey Gordon – Central Oklahoma, Sr.
Defender – Emily Seiler – Northeastern State, Sr.
Midfielder – Haley Freeman – Central Missouri, Jr.
Midfielder – Kelsie Eason – Central Oklahoma, Jr.
Midfielder – Tanna Benefiel – Emporia State, Sr.
Forward – Makayla Toth – Central Missouri, Jr.
Forward – Asha Haile – Central Oklahoma, Sr.
Forward – Mackenzie Dimarco – Emporia State, Fr.
Forward – Mariah Nicolet – Northeastern State, Sr.

All-MIAA Second-Team
Goalkeeper – Allie Prososki – Nebraska Kearney, Sr.
Goalkeeper – RaVella Fisher – Rogers State, Jr.
Defender – Taryn Schnell – Fort Hays State, Sr.
Defender – Molly Willis – Nebraska Kearney, Sr.
Defender – Alex Wynn – Rogers State, Jr.
Midfielder – Nayeli Gallo – Central Missouri, Fr.
Midfielder – Haley Post – Central Oklahoma, Sr.
Midfielder – Darby Hirsch – Fort Hays State, Sr.
Midfielder – Sarah Rector – Northeastern State, Sr.
Forward – Kassie Newsom – Central Missouri, So.
Forward – Paulina Chavez – Northeastern State, Jr.
Forward – Cailey Perkins – Fort Hays State, So.

All-MIAA Third-Team
Goalkeeper – Jackie Lari – Newman, So.
Defender – Taryn Kedzior – Central Oklahoma, So.
Defender – Sydney Martens – Emporia State, So.
Defender – Jordan Ashworth – Newman, So.
Defender – Maria Stephens – Newman, Fr.
Midfielder – Kelsey Mueller – Central Missouri, Sr.
Midfielder – Izzy Romano – Northwest Missouri, Sr.
Midfielder – Tera Lynch – Washburn, Jr.
Forward – Macy Ruffalo – Central Missouri, Fr.
Forward – Kennedy Weaver – Newman, Sr.
Forward – Laurelle Theodore – Rogers State, So.
Forward – Josie Rimmer – Washburn, So.

All-MIAA Honorable Mention
Central Missouri: Cassie Forcellini – Midfielder,
Central Oklahoma: Kaitlyn Asher – Goalkeeper, Meredith Wilson – Defender, Monika McGee – Midfielder
Emporia State: Kailey Corr – Defender, Aislinn Hughes – Midfielder, Hannah Woolery – Midfielder
Fort Hays State: Megan Kneefel – Goalkeeper, Maja Persa – Defender, Paige Utterback – Defender
Missouri Southern: Ashton Manwill – Defender, Brianna Smith – Defender, Bailey Belcher – Forward, Jessica Edwards – Forward
Missouri Western: Anna Mayer – Goalkeeper, Mackenzie O’Neill – Midfielder, Taylor Schwartzkopf – Forward
Nebraska Kearney: Megan Cook – Defender
Newman: Kyra Butler – Defender, Sarra Gutknecht – Defender, Katie Hartman – Midfielder, Vanessa Ortiz – Midfielder, Northeastern State: Leslie Munoz – Defender
Northwest Missouri: Emily Madden – Defender, Manuela Gonzalez – Midfielder, Kaylie Rock – Midfielder
Rogers State: Janell Hernandez – Defender, Anita Gaspar – Midfielder, Bria Salazar – Midfielder,, Kori Watters – Forward
Washburn: Raegan Wells – Goalkeeper, Emily Michaelis – Defender, Olivia Grasso – Midfielder