KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The National Soccer Coaches Association of America released its 2015 All-America teams Thursday and All-Region teams Wednesday, and the Williams College women's soccer team has some familiar names on the list.
Senior co-captain Mai Mitsyuama was tabbed as a First-Team All-American. She was a First-Team All-Region selection in 2014 and a NSCAA Scholar All-American.
In addition, Mitsuyama and junior Maddie Swarr, both midfielders, were named NSCAA First Team All-New England, while junior forwards Kristi Kirshe and Audrey Thomas were chosen as Second Team All-Region.
It was the second straight season Mitsuyama was selected First Team All-New England by the NSCAA and the second straight season Thomas was a NSCAA Second Team All-New England member. Kirshe was a Second Team member for the first time after garnering First Team accolades last season. Swarr was honored by the NSCAA for the first time.
Previously, all four Ephs had been named First Team All-NESCAC.
This season Mitsuyama has scored twice with no assists. The goals were the first of her collegiate career and both came by converting a penalty kick in regulation. For her career, the Ephs' field general has 2 goals, 9 assists and 13 points while playing, and starting in 84 games for
"Her impact on our program has been immense on and off the field," Williams head coach Michelyne Pinard said. "We've come to depend on her consistency, vision, distribution and competitive urgency on the field and her kindness and thoughtfulness off the field. She plays anywhere the team needs her and at any time. She's a consummate team player and we're going to miss her more than she knows."
Swarr plays a different style that Mitsuyama in the midfield, but one equally impressive. She has one goal and one assist this season and 5 goals and 8 assists for 18 points in 64 games played to date.
"Maddie is our spiritual and physical engine in the middle," Pinard noted. "Her work rate and tenaciousness are incredible as she is responsible for both starting our attack and destroying our opponents attack. She is a staple of our team on and off the field and keeps the joy of playing soccer and competing ever present for all of us."
Kirshe and Thomas are the finishers on the Ephs and they both do it very well. Kirshe leads the
Ephs in points this season with 33 (12 goals and 9 assists). She's a dynamic, powerful runner with a dangerous shot from all over the field. In 64 games player in her career at Williams, she has scored 36 goals -- 15 game-winners -- and added 12 assists for 88 points.
"Kirshe has a heart of a lion," Pinard said. "Her competitive fire, athleticism and goal scoring ability have been a part of her game since she arrived, but this year she evolved into being a more complete player on and off the ball, offensively and defensively and that has helped our team get back to the Final Four for the second year in a row. It is challenging to find goal scorers who are as competitive as she is, but also as team focused as well....she embodies both."
Thomas is as fast as fast can be, but emodies so much more on the pitch. This season she tied a Williams record by scoring four times in a win over Colby, a single-game mark. She has 12 goals to date with 4 assists for 28 points. In her career, she's already scored 35 goals -- 15 game-winners -- and has 11 assists for 81 points.
"Audrey might be the quickest player in Division III women's soccer....so I'm glad she is on our team!," Pinard noted. "Unfortunately, an injury has prevented her from playing a full season this year, but her ability to impact games for us and her ability to stay team focused throughout the season even though she had been sidelined for much of it is a huge reason we are where we are right now. She has complete and utter selflessness and resilience...a joy to coach."
The Ephs will take on Centre Friday at 2:30 p.m. EST at Swope Park Village in Kansas City in a national semifinal game.