MOUNT PLEASANT - Senior defender Katie Slaughter headlines three NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region selections for the Central Michigan women’s soccer team.
Slaughter became just the third player in program history to earn first-team honors, while senior defender Bailey Brandon - the 2012 MAC Defensive Player of the Year - earned second-team distinction and senior goalkeeper Stefanie Turner was named to the third team.
This season marks the first time Slaughter has been named to the NSCAA All-Region team, and the third time in four seasons a Chippewa has been named to the first team. She joins Brandon, a first-team recipient in 2009, and 2011 senior Liesel Toth as the only first team honorees in program history.
Brandon’s award is just the latest in what is becoming a robust resume. Not only was she named MAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2012, but she also became the only multiple Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American in program history and was named the CMU Dick Enberg Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Having also been named to the All-Region First Team as a freshman in 2009 and to the Third Team in 2010, Brandon joins Toth as just the second player in program history to earn All-Region distinctions three times in a career.
Turner also wins the award for the first time in her career. She is the fourth goalkeeper to earn All-Region honors, and the first since Shay Mannino in 2009. She recorded a total of 11 shutouts on the season, including a big 0-0 double-overtime draw at No. 12 Marquette.
Slaughter and Brandon with Turner in net formed a formidable defensive front for opponents to attempt to overcome. The Chippewas allowed a conference-low six goals in 11 MAC games, while posting a MAC-best six shutouts in conference play. Overall the Chippewas finished with 12 shutouts and the 25th-best shutout percentage in NCAA Division I en route to a runner-up finish in the MAC and the conference’s first at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Chippewas closed the season with a 2-1 OT loss at Michigan in the first round and a 15-7-1 record.