COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Texas A&M soccer team placed four student-athletes on the NCAA Women's Division I All-Central Region Team, the national governing body announced today.
Leading the pack was freshman first team selection Kelley Monogue. Senior Merritt Mathias took second team honors and freshman Meghan Streight and junior Beth West were named to the All-Central Region Third Team.
Monogue (McKinney, Texas) had a banner freshman year, earning the title of Big 12 Rookie of the Year and Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year - a feat only accomplished one other time in the history of the conference. The forward led the Aggies and the Big 12 with 47 points on 19 goals and nine assists, ranking sixth in the nation in total goals and fifth in total points on the season. Monogue was also selected to the All-Big 12 First Team, the Big 12 All-Newcomer Team and All- Big 12 Tournament Team, and was honored as the Big 12 Tournament Offensive MVP. TopDrawerSoccer.com placed Monogue in the top spot on the Freshman Top 100 List, making her the No. 1 freshman in the nation.
Mathias (Birmingham, Ala.) is receiving the honor for a second-straight season. The senior led by example with a never-say-die attitude on the field, posting eight goals and a team-second 11 assists on the season while leading the team with 93 shots. Mathias was named to the All-Big 12 First Team, the All-Big 12 Tournament Team and the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List while sitting at second on the TopDrawerSoccer.com Big 12 Top 20 Player Rankings.
Streight (McKinney, Texas) made a big impact on both sides of the field for the Aggies this season, starting in all 24 matches on the backline. While helping the A&M defense in holding opponents to under half the shots taken by the Aggies, the freshman netted four goals of her own and contributed an assist. For an outstanding rookie year, Streight was selected to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Freshman Top 100 List (No. 33), the All-Big 12 Second Team, the Big 12 All-Newcomer Team and the All-Big 12 Tournament team.
West (Centennial, Colo.) bounced back from a 2010 injury to play in 22 matches in the midfield. The junior led the team with 14 assists, ranking fifth in the nation in assists per game (0.64) and fourth in total assists. This season she earned two national weekly honors and was named the All-Big 12 First Team and the Academic All-Big 12 First Team. This is West's second All-Central Region Award, and her first by the NCAA.
The Aggies ended the 2011 season with a No. 12 RPI ranking and a spot at No. 21 in the NSCAA national poll after winning their 12th Big 12 Championship and making a 17th consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. The team holds the nation's No. 1 offense through the final match of 2011, and boasts more goals than any team in the country this year (76). To learn more about Texas A&M soccer, log on to AggieAthletics.com.