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Four Buffs Named To All-Region Squad

Dec 19, 2005

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KANSAS CITY - The University of Colorado women's soccer team earned a program-best four spots on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's All-Central Region team the NSCAA announced on Thursday, Dec. 15.  The four players were the most of any team in the Central Region, besting Texas A&M's three selections and Nebraska's two.


"I'm particularly pleased for our kids, for this great honor," said head coach Bill Hempen.   "I'm especially happy for those who don't typically get the recognition they deserve."


Senior midfielder Fran Munnelly (Arvada, Colo.) and junior forward Katie Griffin (Scottsdale, Ariz.) were both named to the first team, while senior goalkeeper Jessica Keller (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) and junior defender Laura Munnelly (Arvada, Colo.) earned second team honors.


This is Fran Munnelly's third appearance on the first team in her career, and marks a nice week for the Mullen graduate as she was named second team All-America on Dec. 9.  These two major honors, coupled with a fourth First Team All-Big 12 selection, a Big 12 10th Anniversary team pick and becoming the first CU athlete to have her jersey honored while still in school make her one of the all-time Buff greats.


Griffin's selection to the first team marks the highest honors of her career, after earning third team all region honors a year ago and being a three-time second team All-Big 12 pick.  Griffin was named to the Big 12 All-Tournament team earlier this season. She led the Buffs in scoring with a school record 12 goals, and will next take aim at Fran Munnelly's career goals mark of 30.  Griffin has 27 in her three seasons at CU.


"Well Fran speaks for herself I think, and as for Katie Griffin, this is a reflection of the fact that she is a big time player," said Hempen.  "I have always thought of Katie that way, and I'm pleased to see others agree. We're very happy to have her back next year, along with Laura, who our anchor in the back of the defense."


Keller's honor ends her season on a high note after her senior year was cut short against Kansas on Oct. 16 when she suffered a badly broken ankle that required surgery soon after.  Keller is CU's leader in virtually every career goalkeeping statistic, including shutouts, wins and goals against average.


"I'm very happy for Jess Keller to get honored even though she was injured about two thirds of the way through the season.  She has been a great goalkeeper for us and hasn't really received honors that reflect her contributions to our team.  So this is a nice honor for her.


This marks Laura Munnelly's first appearance on the all-region team, perhaps because as a defender, her contributions are overlooked.  She has played all but 17 minutes of every game in her career, and only came off for those 17 minutes due to injury.  She has been a stalwart in the CU defense for three years, and together with Griffin will be back to lead a fourth-straight run at the NCAA Tournament for the Buffaloes.



All America Committee                                                                                                    

2005 National Soccer Coaches Association Of America                                                    

Central Regional Teams                                                                     

Senior College Women                                                                      

Division I                                                                               


FIRST TEAM                                                                          

Position          Name                         Class       School            Hometown

Goalkeeper      Tyler Griffin                 JR           Vanderbilt        Charlotte, N.C.

Defender         Holly Gault                  JR           Kansas            Spring Hill, Kan.

Defender         Kasey Moore              FR           Texas              Mission Viejo, Calif.

Defender         Kim Perkins                JR           Vanderbilt        Highland Ranch, Colo.

Midfield           Ali Christoph               JR           Tennessee       Columbus, Ohio

Midfield           Jennifer Hance            FR           Ole Miss          Sugar Land, Texas

Midfield           Courtney Hulcer          JR           St. Louis         St. Louis, Mo.

Midfield           Fran Munnelly             SR           Colorado         Arvada, Colo.

Forward           Katie Griffin                JR           Colorado         Scottsdale, Ariz.

Forward           Ashlee Pistorius          SO          Texas A&M      Bloomington, Ill.

Forward           Brittany Timko             JR           Nebraska         Coquitlam, B.C.


SECOND TEAM                                                                                

Goalkeeper      Jessica Keller             SR           Colorado         Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Defender         Sasha Andrews           SR           Nebraska         Edmonton, Alberta

Defender         Monica Buff                JR           Vanderbilt        Lilburn, Ga.

Defender         Laura Munnelly            JR           Colorado         Arvada, Colo.

Midfield           Kelly Ferguson            SR           St. Louis         St. Louis, Mo.

Midfield           Lauren Maclver            SR           Oklahoma        Tulsa, Okla.

Midfield           Chrissy Strini              SO          Ole Miss          Cordova, Tenn.

Forward           Kimber Bailey             SO          SMU               Garland, Texas

Forward           Melissa Garey             SO          Texas A&M      Gonzales, La.

Forward           Genna Gorman            SO          Tennessee       Lakewood, Colo.

Forward           Maureen Hughes         JR           St. Louis         St. Louis, Mo.


THIRD TEAM                                                                         

Goalkeeper      Joanna Haig               SO          Iowa State       Inver Grover Heights, Minn.

Defender         Susanne Collins          JR           SMU               Boca Raton, Fla

Defender         Erin Droeger               SR           Rice                Huntington Beach, Calif.

Defender         Ivonne Valentin           SR           Creighton        Papillion, Neb.

Midfield           Caitlin Kennedy           SO          Texas              Euless, Texas

Midfield           Sophia Mundy            JR           Houston          Katy, Texas

Midfield           Laura Probst               SR           Texas A&M      Arvada, Colo.

Forward           Kelsey Carpenter         SO          Texas              Allen, Texas

Forward           Shoko Mikami             JR           Memphis         Chiba, Japan

Forward           Kylee Rossi                FR           Tennessee       Pennington, N.J

Forward           Caroline Smith            SR           Kansas            Edina, Minn.