The Ferris State University women's soccer team held its 2009 postseason awards banquet Sunday (Dec. 13) afternoon at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center in Big Rapids, Mich.
Senior defender-goalkeeper Stevie Salow (Saginaw/Heritage) received the squad's Most Valuable Player Award. Salow, a team captain, totaled two points for the 2009 season on a goal in playing a squad-most 1,627 minutes and started in all 18 of the team's matches this fall. In goal, Salow compiled a 1-6-0 record while chalking up a 3.43 goals-against average (24 goals allowed) and a .671 saves percentage (49 saves) in 630 minutes of action.
Salow concluded her four-year (2006-09) career with 12 points on four goals and assists apiece in 72 contests. Her 4,419 career minutes currently ranks third most among Ferris State's all-time leaders in minutes played. The two-time (2007-08) Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) All-Academic Team member also produced a 1-7-0 record in goal with a 3.45 goals-against average (28 goals allowed) and had a .663 saves percentage (55 saves) in 731:22 minutes.
The Best Defensive Player Award was presented to sophomore defender Mekyla Spraggins(Grand Rapids/Forest Hills Central), who started all 18 contests this season. Spraggins notched a point on an assist in a squad third-best 1,480 minutes of action this campaign. A season ago, she was named the winner of the team's Most Improved Player Award.
Sophomore forward Bri Borgman (Holland/West Ottawa) was the recipient of the Offensive Attacking Player of the Year Award. Borgman earned both All-GLIAC First-Team accolades and Daktronics Division II Midwest Region Second Team recognition this fall after compiling a team-leading 22 points on a squad best and program all-time ninth-place tying 10 goals with two assists as a starter in all 18 matches. Borgman, who played in a team second-most 1,583 minutes this season, registered at least a point in nine contests this season. She was tabbed the GLIAC Women's Soccer Player of the Week this campaign (Sept. 20).
Redshirt freshman forward Cassie Aro (Gaines/Linden) garnered team Most Improved Player Award recognition. Aro recorded six points on three goals this season in 1,072 minutes. A starter in 11 of 14 contests, she generated a team third-most tying 11 shots on goal.
Ferris State posted a 3-13-2 overall record, which included a 3-10-1 conference mark this season under fourth-year head coach Neathan Gibson.
2009 Ferris State Women's Soccer Team Award
Most Valuable Player - Stevie Salow
Most Improved Player - Cassie Aro
Offensive Attacking Player of the Year Award - Bri Borgman
Defensive Player of the Year Award - Mekyla Spraggins