Mackenzie Smith and Ann Kennedy named First Team All-MIAA Women's Soccer, while Taryn Handyside and Agatha Weddle earn Second Team honors

On Monday, the MIAA announced their 2012 All-League teams for Women's Soccer and Alma College was well represented. Jr. D Ann Kennedy (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Eastern) and So. M Mackenzie Smith (Saginaw, Mich./Nouvel) each earned First Team honors. In addition, Jr. MF Taryn Handyside (Montrose, Mich./Hill-McCloy) and Fr. MF Agatha Weddle (White Lake, Mich./Walled Lake Northern) were named to the Second Team.

Kennedy was the anchor of Alma's backline, great communicator, organized our defensive shape. Ann came with countless timely tackles, including game-saving tackles. One of the best 1v1 defenders in the league, and asked to do so more frequently than any other center back in the league. Very good combination player when she first comes in possession. 

Overall Stats: Started all 20 games, often playing 90 minutes.

MIAA Regular Season Stats: Started all 16 games, often playing 90 minutes.

Smith really came into her own this year after the graduation of last year's forwards. She is a dangerous 1v1 player, often attracting 2 or 3 defenders. Very skilled on the ball and a goal scorer with both feet. Without a doubt our most effective primary attacker. Combines well with others after committing defenders. Smith led Alma in all major statistical categories including goals, assists and points.

Overall Stats: Started all 20 games.  30 Points (3rd in Overall MIAA stats)
12 goals (3rd in Overall MIAA stats)
6 assists (4th in Overall MIAA stats)
MIAA Regular Season Stats: Started all 16 games. 19 Points (4th in MIAA Stats)
5 assists (5th in MIAA stats)
7 goals (6th in MIAA Stats)
*2012 MIAA Offensive POW, week #2
Handyside is a tireless worker on both sides of the ball. Made a lot of things happen when it didn't seem threatening at first. Very good taking players on, and creating space. An exceptional ball striker in this league. Handyside is very good in the air, and plays well with her back to goal. She has good pace, and physical presence. She is a tremendous tackler and competitor.
Overall Stats: 2 game-winning goals
4 goals, 3 assists good for 11 points.
*2010 ALL-MIAA Second Team 
*2011 ALL-MIAA Second Team


Weddle started every match this season and is a very active and mobile center midfielder, covers a tremendous amount of ground. She is a terrific tackler and great in the air. She has a knack to score goals and a real threat on set pieces. She is a good link up player and one of the hardest working players in the MIAA. Clutch performer. Alma's second leading goal scorer for the season as a true midfielder.

Overall Stats: Started all 20 games.  4 game-winning goals (2nd in Overall MIAA stats
8 goals (6th in Overall MIAA stats) (2nd on team)
19 points (9th in Overall MIAA stats) (2nd on team)
MIAA Regular Season Stats: Started all 16 MIAA contests. 4 game-winning goals (1st in MIAA stats)
8 goals (4th in MIAA stats -1st among all MIAA midfielders) (2nd on team)
17 points (7th in MIAA stats) (2nd on team)



Most Valuable Player
Erin Weide, Adrian (sophomore from Madison Heights/Bishop Foley HS)

All-MIAA First Team
GK – Chayna Wallace, Adrian* (senior from Bedford/Bedford HS)
F – Jackie Short, Kalamazoo*** (senior from Troy/Athens HS) 
F – Erin Weide, Adrian** (sophomore from Madison Heights/Bishop Foley HS)
F – Lindsey Bieri, Hope* (sophomore from Holland/Holland Christian HS)
F – Taylor TenHarmsel, Calvin* (freshman from Holland/Holland Christian HS)
F – Mackenzie Smith, Alma* (sophomore from Saginaw/Nouvel Catholic Central HS)
MF – Francesca Smith, Calvin*** (senior from Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington South HS) 
MF – Danielle Carter, Calvin* (junior from DeWitt/DeWitt HS)
D – Ann Kennedy, Alma* (junior from Grand Rapids/Forest Hills Eastern HS)
D – Kerry Green, Saint Mary's* (sophomore from Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame HS)
D – Courtney Schmidt, Hope* (sophomore from Lowell/Lowell HS)
D – Patti Vaassen, Adrian** (senior from Ann Arbor/Saline HS)
* - number of years All-MIAA First Team 

All-MIAA Second Team
GK – Chanler Rosenbaum, Saint Mary's (sophomore from Hobart, Ind./Hobart HS)
F – C.J. McCarthy, Kalamazoo (senior from Ada/ Forest Hills Eastern HS)
F – Erin Jipping, Hope (sophomore  from Holland/West Ottawa HS)
MF – Lindsay Jipping, Hope (senior from Jenison/Hudsonville Unity Christian HS)
MF – Taryn Handyside, Alma (junior from Montrose/Hill-McCloy HS)
MF – Mollie Valencia, Saint Mary's (junior from West Melbourne, Fla./Melbourne Central Catholic HS) 
MF – Courtney Pomeroy, Adrian (senior from St. Clair Shores/Lake Shore HS)
MF – Agatha Weddle, Alma (freshman from White Lake/Walled Lake Northern HS)
D – Sydney Kinney, Calvin (freshman from Ada/Grand Rapids Christian HS)
D – Jordan Meeth, Kalamazoo (junior from Three Rivers/Three Rivers HS)
D – Jenna Mayle, Olivet (junior from Ionia/Ionia HS)
D – Mary Kate Hussey, Saint Mary's (sophomore from Elmhurst, Ill./Fenwick HS)