Kenyon senior midfielder Campbell Fee (Pelham, NY/Pelham Memorial), Oberlin senior forward Gwennie Gardiner (San Diego, CA/Francis Parker) and Kenyon freshman defender Caroline McNeer (Winston Salem, NC/Forsyth Country Day) were named the Players of the Year to highlight the 2017 All-North Coast Athletic Conference women’s soccer selections.
Fee, who is a first-time All-NCAC first-team selection after earning honorable-mention accolades in 2016, had a breakout senior campaign for Kenyon en route to earning the NCAC’s Midfielder of the Year award. In 19 total matches this season, Fee registered a career-high five goals and one assist for 11 total points. Four of her five goals went down as game-winners, which tied for the league lead, with three coming in NCAC action.
Gardiner is the first Yeowomen to win a major NCAC award in women’s soccer since Betsy Goldin won Defensive Player of the Year in 1985. Gardiner is making her second-straight appearance on the first-team and fourth overall All-NCAC selection after earning honorable-mention laurels in 2015 and second-team honors in 2014. In 16 matches, Gardiner led the NCAC in goals (21), points (47), shots (66), points per game (2.94) and goals per game (1.31). The 21 goals scored, including seven in NCAC play, are the most since Michelle Corbett scored 21 in 2005 for OWU.
McNeer, in her first year of collegiate soccer, is now fifth student-athlete in program history to earn NCAC Defensive Player of the Year accolades and first since Sam Schoeny won the award in 2008. In KC’s eight regular season conference matches, McNeer bolstered a defense that allowed just one goal in 740.00 minutes of action for a 0.12 goals-against-average and posted seven shutouts. McNeer also chipped in on the offensive side of the ball with two goals and four assists for eight total points.
Wittenberg junior midfielder Megan Davis (Canal Winchester, OH/Pickerington Central) is now a three-time All-NCAC first-team selection after earning the honor for the third-straight year. Denison junior Maggie Armstrong (Wilmette, IL/New Trier) joins Gardiner and Davis as a repeat selection on the first team, making her third All-NCAC selection overall after earning second-team accolades in 2015.
Denison senior midfielder Meg Wozniak (Kenilworth, IL/New Trier) has earned her fourth All-NCAC citation on the 2017 first team after collecting second-team honors in 2016 and 2014, and honorable-mention accolades in 2015. Wittenberg sophomore defender Emma Thacker (Mason, OH/William Mason) elevated to the first team from the 2016 second team.
Four additional players make their All-NCAC debut on the first team this year, including Wittenberg senior forward Jordyn Wright (Forest, OH/Riverdale), Denison freshman defender Kelly O’Neill (Torrance, CA/Rolling Hills Prep), Kenyon sophomore goalie Jillian Countey (New York, NY/Rudolf Steiner) and Allegheny freshman forward Shannon McGuinn (Warminster, PA/William Tennent).
In addition, McGuinn was named the NCAC Newcomer of the Year as the top women’s soccer player in her first season of collegiate competition. In 17 total games with the Gators this season, McGuinn found the back of the net eight times and also dished out one assist for 17 total points. In her rookie campaign, McGuinn led Allegheny in goals and points, and finished tied for second in the league in both categories in NCAC action.
Finally, Kenyon head coach Kelly Bryan was named the NCAC Women’s Soccer Coach of the Year for the third time in her career and the first time since 2014 after guiding the Ladies to the 2017 NCAC regular season title with a 8-0-0 mark against league squads. In 15 total seasons at Kenyon, Bryan has amassed an overall record of 133-121-21, which includes two NCAA tournament appearances.