Women’s soccer brings home conference season championship, hopes strong play continues in play-offs

The women Spartans, along with Head Coach Tony Edwards.

The Spartans, along with Head Coach Tony Edwards, prove teamwork is important during their 2012 championship season.

The Aurora University women’s soccer team are in the midst of a dream season this year, winning the Northern Athletics Conference conference season championship with a 12-0 conference season record, and defeating Wheaton College and University of Chicago for the first time in the program’s history.

The Spartans also captured half of the 2012 postseason awards announced Monday. Spartan junior defender Jenee Lange (Green Bay, Wis/Notre Dame) was named Defensive Player of the Year and Head Coach Troy Edwards was named Coach of the Year. The Spartans also placed five players on the All Conference First-Team, one player on the All-Conference Second-Team and two players on the All-Conference Freshman Team.

“It has been wonderful to have a successful first season here at AU,” said Edwards, who joined the Spartans as Head Coach in the spring of 2012. “The AU community has been extremely supportive of our program; we are very appreciative and hope we give them more things to cheer for in the future.  The program has a solid foundation, the girls have worked hard and we hope that we can continue strong play into the play-offs.”

The Spartans are the No. 1 seed in the upcoming NAC tournament and hope to capture the automatic bid into the NCAA tournament, which would be the ninth in the last 12 seasons. On the conference season, the Spartans outscored their opponents 68 to five (12 games). The Spartan women, currently ranked 17th in the NSCAA and 15th in the D3soccer.com Top 25 polls, finished the regular season with a 17-1-1 overall record and captured their 14th conference title in the 19 seasons of the program’s existence.

The Spartans are in action today when they host the semi-final round of the 2012 Northern Athletics Conference Tournament. AU takes on Milwaukee School of Engineering at 1:30 p.m. on Vago Field.