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NCAC 30th Anniversary Women's Soccer All-Decade Team Announced

NCAC 30th Anniversary Women's Soccer All-Decade Team

Ohio Wesleyan's Sarah Wall '05 and Wittenberg's Jamie McIntyre '06 top the list of former student-athletes named to the North Coast Athletic Conference's 30th Anniversary All-Decade women's soccer team. Wall and McIntyre are the only players in the past decade to win multiple Player of the Year honors with Wall capturing the offensive award three years in a row (2003, '04 & '05) and McIntyre earning the defensive award in 2004 and '05.

Wall {left}, who entered the last decade fresh off of OWU's 2002 NCAA Div. III national title, racked up impressive numbers her next three years of competition, as she totaled 143 points on 53 goals and 37 assists. She still owns the NCAC's career record for assists with 53 and was a key contributor to numerous NCAC team records held by Ohio Wesleyan, including goals in a season (90 in 2002), victories in a season (24 in 2002), overall winning streak (60 from 2001-03), winning streak in NCAC games (29 from 2000-03) and overall unbeaten streak (60 from 2001-03). Wall still remains the only women's soccer player in league history to earn four-straight Offensive Player of the Year awards as she was also bestowed the honor in 2002.

McIntyre {right} also logged her career in the early part of last decade, anchoring Wittenberg's defensive unit from 2003 to 2006. In four seasons on Wittenberg's back line, McIntyre and the Tigers posted an overall record of 48-22-11, including the program's first NCAC Tournament championship in 2006. After earning the 2006 NCAC Tournament title, Wittenberg qualified for the NCAA Div. III Tournament for the first time in program history where. The Tigers knocked off Otterbein, 2-1, in the opening round before being eliminated by NCAC-foe Denison in the second round via penalty kicks after the two squads played to a 0-0 tie. McIntyre, an NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region first-team selection in 2006, spent the majority of her career defending the opposing teams' top offensive player, but was also able to add some offensive production herself with four career assists.

In addition, 2008 OWU graduate Michelle Corbett also stood out on the list of 17 student-athletes named to the All-Decade team as she is the only player on the list to earn All-NCAC first-team honors four years in a row in the decade.

The North Coast Athletic Conference is celebrating its 30th playing season by selecting All-Decade teams in nearly every championship sport. Players from the first 10 years of play were selected in 1993-94, while players who competed from 1993-2002 were named to the 20th Anniversary All-Decade team. All current head coaches were asked to vote, as were some former coaches and administrators.

Parity was the name of the game in women's soccer during the last decade as six different teams were crowned NCAC champions, led by Denison which secured outright titles in 2005, '08 and '09. Allegheny opened the decade by earning the title in 2003, followed by Ohio Wesleyan in '04, Kenyon in '06, Wittenberg in '07, Wooster in '10, a tie between Allegheny and Ohio Wesleyan in '11 and Wittenberg's outright title in 2012.

Founded in 1983, the North Coast Athletic Conference currently consists of 10 academically selective NCAA Division III colleges and universities - Allegheny College, Denison University, DePauw University, Hiram College, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Wabash College, Wittenberg University and the College of Wooster along with affiliate member Earlham College (field hockey). The NCAC sponsors 23 championship sports, 11 for men and 12 for women.