Merle Bublitz, Amy Samuelson, and Kristina Sorenson all received first-team All-GPAC honors.
Morningside College placed three players on the first team of the 2015 All-Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Women’s Soccer team as selected by the league’s head coaches.
The Mustangs placed Merle Bublitz, Amy Samuelson, and Kristina Sorenson on the All-GPAC First Team in addition to two more players on the second team and three players on the honorable mention list.
Morningside finished second in the GPAC regular season standings with an 8-3 record and qualified for the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship tournament with a 2-1 victory against Concordia University in the GPAC Tournament Championship Game. The Mustangs will take a 15-5-1 record into a national tournament opening round contest against the University of Northwestern Ohio on Saturday in Lima, Ohio.
Bublitz, a freshman midfielder from Burgwedel, Germany, is the Mustangs’ third leading scorer with 10 goals and nine assists for 29 points. She scored the game winning goal in three of the Mustangs’ victories.
Samuelson, a senior forward from Sioux City, is the Mustangs’ leading scorer with career-high totals of 17 goals and 12 assists for 46 points. She also leads the team with five game winning goals.
Sorenson, a junior defender from Sioux Falls, S.D., is a defensive force for a Morningside team that has limited its opposition to averages of 10.1 shots and 1.33 goals per game.
Kylee Goodvin, a freshman midfielder from Sioux City, and Amy Grause, a junior forward from Sioux City, were tabbed to the All-GPAC Second Team. Goodvin has scored two goals and four assists for eight points, while Grause is the Mustangs’ second leading scorer with career-high totals of 14 goals and a team-high 13 assists for 41 points. Three of her goals were game winners.
Morningside placed Jackie Martinez, Niccole McGuire, and Chloe Wetzbarger on the All-GPAC honorable mention list. Martinez, a sophomore midfielder from Sioux City, has three goals and three assists for nine points. She scored both Morningside goals in its win against Concordia in the GPAC Tournament Championship Game. McGuire, a sophomore goal keeper from Rapid City, S.D., has a 15-5-1 record with 111 saves and a goals against average of 1.30 goals per game. Wetzbarger, a freshman midfielder from Sioux City, is the Mustangs’ fourth leading scorer with five goals and two assists for 12 points.
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