The Ashland University women's soccer team saw five of its players named to the All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference teams the league office announced on Thursday (Nov. 2) afternoon.
Senior forward Morgan Bittengle was selected to the first team while senior center back Julie Lacock, redshirt-sophomore center back Sydney Wright and freshman midfielder Emily Mark were named to the second team. Senior forward Kelsey McKernan was an All-GLIAC honorable mention choice.
Bittengle is a three-time All-GLIAC standout, having earned second team honors as a freshman and first team honors as a sophomore. She ranks second in the GLIAC with 16 goals on the season and is red-hot heading into the GLIAC final four, having scored nine goals in her last five games and 11 in her last seven. She has scored in each of the last seven games.
Bittengle was named the GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week three times in October and has recorded a pair of hat tricks on the season. She is third on AU's all-time scoring list with 51 goals. She is tied for fourth among active players at the Division II level.
Lacock is now a two-time All-GLIAC performer with her second straight selection to the second team. Lacock has had a great season on the back line, starting all 18 games and helping the Eagles to 11 regular-season wins. The Eagles have a 1.35 goals against average and have given up just six goals in their last seven games.
Lacock also compiled a goal and two assists on the season. She played a role in both goals of a 2-1 win over Ferris State on Oct. 8, scoring from just inside the box after a corner kick to tie the Bulldogs late in regulation. Her free kick led to Bittengle's goal seconds before the end of overtime to give the Ashland the win. She added another assist with a free kick in the regular season finale – a 5-1 win over Tiffin.
Wright is Lacock's partner on the back line as the other half of the center back duo. She has started all 18 games and excels as a ball-winner, tackler and one-on-one defender. The redshirt-sophomore scored one goal on the season, which came in a 3-2 overtime win over Davenport. She headed in McKernan's corner kick to give AU a 2-1 lead in the second half.
Mark had an outstanding debut campaign for the Eagles as a central midfielder. The freshman tallied one goal and one assist on the season and was dynamic in the center of the pitch. She scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win over Lake Erie in early September and added an assist in AU's regular-season finale on Oct. 27.
McKernan earned her second career All-GLIAC citation, also picking up an honorable mention distinction in 2015. She has scored four goals and is tied for the GLIAC lead with eight assists on the season. Her 16 points are tied for 10th in the conference. McKernan matched a school record with three assists in a 4-0 win over Purdue Northwest on Oct. 1. She has also scored a goal in each of the last three games as the Eagles head into the GLIAC final four.
The No. 2-seeded Eagles will play in the GLIAC Tournament semifinal game on Friday (Nov. 3) against No. 6-seed Saginaw Valley State. Kickoff from Allendale, Mich. is set for 7:30 p.m.