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Big Rapids, Mich. - Three members of the Ferris State University women's soccer team were recognized this past weekend as all-conference honorees after helping the Bulldogs to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament Semifinals for the second consecutive season.
Ferris State sophomore Nichole Boehnke (Grand Blanc) and senior defender Amanda Foster (Byron Center/South Christian) were both tabbed as first team All-GLIAC selections in voting by the league's member head coaches. Meanwhile, sophomore Abby Meirndorf (Mason) was an honorable mention choice.
The postseason awards were announced in conjunction with the GLIAC Tournament in Allendale.
Boehnke finished the 2013 campaign listed second overall in the GLIAC with 12 goals and 27 total points this year. She compiled a team-leading 11 goals and five assists for 27 points while starting all 19 games in her second season at Ferris State. In addition, the sophomore forward also had a squad-high 50 shots and posted three game-winning goals along with a hat trick. She had at least a point in 10 different contests this year, including three goals in a home win over Findlay (Oct. 20).
Meanwhile, Foster picked up All-GLIAC honors for the second-straight year as one of the league's top defenders. She played more than 1,600 minutes on the pitch this fall with 19 starts and totaled a goal and an assist from the back end for three points on eight total shots. She wrapped up her FSU career appearing in 76 games with four points and was an all-region honoree in 2012.
Finally, Meirndorf also started all 19 games this season and played a team-high 1,688 total minutes. She netted two goals and four assists for eight points on 42 shots. Her totals included one game-winner along with a game-tying goal. Additionally, she attempted the squad's second-most corners with 28 on the year.
Ferris State was the lone school outside of league champion Grand Valley State to place two student-athletes on the all-conference first team this year.
Ferris State wrapped up the season with a 9-8-2 overall record under first-year head coach Andy McCaslin as the Bulldogs posted back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in school history and reached the semifinals for only the third time in the program's 15 years.
This year marked Ferris State's fourth consecutive conference tournament appearance, which is also the longest stretch in school history. FSU's trip to the semifinals also represented the first time in school history in which the Bulldogs have advanced to the second round of the conference tournament in back-to-back years.
The Bulldogs advanced to the semifinals for the second-straight year by upsetting Ohio Dominican on penalty kicks last Tuesday (Nov. 5) in the league tournament quarterfinals.
Ferris State closed the year with a 7-1 overall record at home this season and the lone loss was a 1-0 non-conference setback to GVSU last week. Overall, FSU outscored the opponents by a 23-4 count in Big Rapids with five shutouts.
This year also represented only the sixth time in the program's 15-year history in which the Bulldogs have won at least nine contests in a season.