Nebraska Wesleyan University had four members of the women’s soccer team on the 2012 All-Independent Women’s Soccer team that was announced by the Association of Division III Independents (AD3I). Freshman forward Ashlee Slade, freshman midfielder Bayleigh Collins sophomore midfielder Makensie Thaller and senior defender Leah Stevens were all chosen to the All-AD3I First-Team.
Four other NWU players were named to the All-AD3I Second-Team. Forward Amber Johnson, midfielder Jenna Herse, defender Lauren Ziegenbein and goalkeeper Emily Dierks all received Second-Team recognition.
Slade (Fr., Lincoln, Neb.) led the Prairie Wolves in points in her first season with the Prairie Wolves. Slade scored 10 goals on the year and added two assists for 22 total points. Two of Slade’s goals were game-winning goals, including the double OT game-winner in the final game of the season.
Collins (Fr., Lincoln, Neb.) played in all 18 games as a true freshman and was a key player in the Prairie Wolves midfield. Collins had one goal on the year.
Thaller (So., Lincoln, Neb.) played 15 games in 2012 missing three games with injury. Thaller had three goals and one assist on the season to rank fourth on the team with seven points.
Stevens (Sr., Columbus, Neb.) was a team captain and key player in the Prairie Wolves defense. Stevens played in 16 games and scored two goals on the year.
The Association of DII Independents consists of 10 DIII independent institutions that have joined together to recognize student-athletes at independent institutions.
Nebraska Wesleyan finished the season with a 5-10-3 overall record.