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Three Buffs Earn All-Big 12 Soccer Honors

Oct 30, 2006

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IRVING, Texas - The University of Colorado women's soccer team had three players recognized on the 2006 All-Big 12 Conference Soccer Teams the league office announced Monday.  Freshman Nikki Marshall, senior Laura Munnelly and freshman Jess Quador each earned All-Big 12 honors for the Buffaloes.


Marshall, a native of Mead, Colo., was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year following a stellar regular season that saw her break or tie nine different CU scoring records.  She currently leads the Big 12 in scoring with 14 goals and three assists, as she sits atop the table in points, points per game, goals, goals per game, and gamewinning goals in the Big 12.  She was also named First Team All-Big 12, the only freshman in the conference to earn that honor this year.  She joins Fran Munnelly (2002) and Katie Griffin (2003) as the three Buffaloes to have earned Newcomer of the Year honors.


Marshall is only the third Buffalo to earn First Team All-Big 12 honors, joining both Fran and Laura Munnelly in that distinction.  She was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week five different times this season as well as the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week for her performance in the Kansas game last week.  Marshall has rewritten the Colorado record books this season, already setting or tying nine different marks. She holds the CU records for single season goals (14), consecutive games with a goal (4), game-winning goals (tied, 5), most goals in a game (4), most points in a game (8), goals in a three game span (6), most consecutive games with a point (6) and points in a season (31).  She has been named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week five different times, and her four goal performance against Clemson on Sept. 1 earned her the Soccer Times National Player of the Week honor. 


"I'm proud of Nikki, and she will be the most respectful and humble winner of this award that there has ever been," said CU head coach Bill Hempen.  "Not only will the University of Colorado be proud of her, but the Big 12 Conference should be proud they have chosen her as Newcomer of the Year.  The best thing about it is that I can't vote for her, and it means more that the other coaches also recognize her.  She knows what I think of her, now she knows what the rest of the Big 12 thinks of her too."


"I don't really know what these honors mean, so I'm kind of overwhelmed right now," said Marshall.  "I think that there have been tons of people who have affected how I've played this year and what I've done.  Katie Griffin has taken me under her wing and made me so much better this year and has been huge for me.  Coaching wise, all three of our coaches have been awesome. Bill has pushed me harder than anyone ever has, and pushed me out of my comfort zone farther than I ever thought I could be pushed.  Paul (Hogan) is always coaching me and telling what I need to do, what I am doing right and what I am doing wrong. And Alli (Hunt) is always there for support no matter how I am playing.  I can't thank them enough and I owe everything this year to my teammates and the staff."


Munnelly, a product of Mullen High School, was named All-Big 12 for the fourth straight year, joining her sister Fran as the only two CU players to earn All-Big 12 recognition all four of their years at Colorado.  Munnelly was named to the second team this year, the third time in her career (2003, 2005).  She was named First Team All-Big 12 in 2004 after anchoring Colorado's defense to a school record 12 shutouts and a record of 15-6-2.  She is CU's all time leader in minutes played, having logged 7,627 minutes her career, 20 short of perfection.  That is a total of 99.7-percent of the minutes that CU soccer has contested in her career.


Munnelly adds to the total of 10 Second Team All-Big 12 selections that Colorado has earned in the 11 year history of the conference.  Current teammates Griffin and Allison Kidd have also had prior selections.


"Much of what we have done defensively has been because of Laura," said Hempen.  "So that's good for Laura. When they ask us to put kids on the ballot, they ask you to put statistics to support their nomination.  What statistic is there for what you consider to be the most important player on the field?  There is no stat for that.  She has one goal in her career and a handful of assists and that doesn't make the headlines. God knows we love Nikki, but no one will put in the headline that Laura Munnelly cleared a ball off the goal line to save the game, but that's her life and she's accepted that.  But you know what, she'll play 90 minutes on Wednesday she doesn't come of the field for us and there's no stats for that."


Quador, a freshman midfielder from Littleton, Colo., was named to the Big 12 All-Newcomer Team along with Marshall.   She has started the last seven games for the Buffs and has a total of 17 appearances in 18 games.  She has three goals on the season, all of which were gamewinners for Colorado (Denver, Wyoming, Oklahoma).  She and Marshall are the 10th and 11th CU selections to that team.


"Good for Jess.  She had to earn it, and she was a kid that went through a game where she didn't play at all," said Hempen.  "She stuck with it. She got her chance and she has done well with her chance.  She has three goals, all gamewinners and we were within a day of pulling the plug on her whole season with an injury.  She has perseverance and she never, ever gives up.  Every team needs that kind of kid that is an unsung kid.  Even though her goals are gamewinners, you see her after the game and she is full of grass stains because she's been down on the ground tackling and doing the dirty work.  I'm happy for ?Q'."


Colorado travels to San Antonio, Texas, this week for the 11th Annual Big 12 Women's Soccer Championship Tournament.  They will face the No. 4 seed Kansas Jayhawks on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 12:30 p.m. MST.  The winner of that game will take on the winner of the No. 1 seed Texas A&M vs. No. 8 seed Baylor game on Friday, Nov. 3 at 4 p.m. MST.  For more information, visit



(coaches not allowed to vote for own players)


Co-Players of the Year: Brittany Timko, Nebraska and Yolanda Odenyo, Oklahoma State

Rookie of the Year: Nikki Marshall, Colorado

Coach of the Year: Karen Hancock, Oklahoma State



GK -- Ashley Holder, Baylor, Jr, Roseville, Calif.

D -- Kasey Moore, Texas, So, Mission Viejo, Calif.

D -- Stephanie Logterman, Texas, So, Austin, Texas

D -- Emily Peterson, Texas A&M, So, Tulsa, Okla.

MF -- Yolanda Odenyo, Oklahoma State, Jr, Uppsala, Sweden

MF -- Carrie Schmit, Texas, Sr, La Mesa, Calif.

MF -- Amy Berend, Texas A&M, Jr, Highland Village, Texas

F -- Nikki Marshall, Colorado, Fr, Mead, Colo.

F -- Brittany Timko, Nebraska, Sr, Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada

F -- Kelsey Carpenter, Texas, Texas, Jr, Allen, Texas

F -- Suzzette Devloo, Texas A&M, Sr, Houston, Texas



GK -- Dianna Pfenninger, Texas, So, Sugar Land, Texas

GK -- Kristin Arnold, Texas A&M, Fr, Centennial, Colo.

D -- Laura Munnelly, Colorado, Sr, Arvada, Colo.

D -- Jenny Murtaugh, Kansas, So, Littleton, Colo.

D -- Tanya Dennis, Nebraska, Sr, Brampton, Ontario, Canada

MF -- Missy Geha, Kansas, So, Overland Park, Kan.

MF -- Jessica Bush, Kansas, So, Blue Springs, Mo.

MF -- Amy Burlingham, Texas, Sr, Costa Mesa, Calif.

MF -- Paige Carmichael, Texas A&M, Jr, Glendale, Ariz.

MF -- Allison Martino, Texas A&M, Jr, Draper, Utah

F -- Holly Gault, Kansas, Sr, Spring Hill, Kan.

F -- Aysha Jamani, Nebraska, So, Calgery, Alberta, Canada

F -- Ashlee Pistorius, Texas A&M, Texas A&M, Jr, Bloomington, Ill.

**Ties in Voting


BIG 12 ALL-Newcomer Team

GK -- Kristin Arnold, Texas A&M, Fr, Centennial, Colo.

D -- Estelle Johnson, Kansas, Fr, Fort Collins, Colo.

D -- Carly Peetz, Nebraska, Fr, Lincoln, Neb.

D -- Bridget Miller, Oklahoma State, Fr, Wylie, Texas

D -- Nicole Ketchum, Texas A&M, Fr, Cypress, Texas

MF -- Jess Quador, Colorado, Fr, Littleton, Colo.

MF -- Siera Strawser, Oklahoma State, Fr, Bixby, Okla.

MF -- Amber Gnatzig, Texas A&M, Fr, Humble, Texas

F -- Nikki Marshall, Colorado, Fr, Mead, Colo.

F -- Monica Dolinsky, Kansas Fr, Carmel, Ind.

F -- Brittney Harrison, Texas Tech, Fr, Plano, Texas