MITCHELL, S.D. – The Dakota Wesleyan University women’s soccer team landed five players on the All-Great Plains Athletic Conference teams, it was announced Monday afternoon by the league.
Kasha Roberts and Kayla and Skye Pahl both earned the third All-GPAC honors of their careers and Yutzil Rodriguez and Linsey Peterson both earned league honors for the second straight year. Seniors Kayla Pahl and Roberts and Rodriguez, a junior, all earned All-GPAC Second Team honors while senior Skye Pahl and Peterson, a sophomore, earned All-GPAC Honorable Mention.
Rodriguez, a Pierre, S.D., native, who transferred to Dakota Wesleyan from the University of South Dakota prior to the 2010 season, followed up a successful sophomore season with an equally as successful junior campaign. Rodriguez finished the year second on the team with seven goals and tied for first with five assists. She led the team with 61 shots, including a team-high 32 shots on goal.
Rodriguez, who also earned second team honors last season, finished tied for fifth in the league in total assists, eighth in total shots and 10th in the league in total goals.
Roberts, a Rapid City, S.D., native, earned second team honors after earning back-to-back first team honors in 2009 and 2010. She transitioned from a forward to a midfielder as a senior, and helped spark the Tiger offense each game. Roberts scored four goals and had two assists. She put up 38 shots, including 18 on goal. She ends her four-year career with 38 goals and 19 assists.
Kayla Pahl, a defender from Rapid City, S.D., helped hold DWU’s opponents to 22 goals. She was a big part of the reason that four of the Tigers’ seven losses came by a single goal and one came in the GPAC quarterfinals on penalty kicks. Pahl tied for fifth with five total assists this season, and she also had 21 shots, including 10 on goal.
Peterson, a midfielder from Pierre, S.D., continued her solid young career with a second straight All-GPAC honorable mention season. She scored one goal and had a hand in one assists, and finished third on the team with 33 total shots, including 23 on goal.
Skye Pahl, the twin sister of Kayla and a midfielder/defender combo from Rapid City, S.D., played a big role in keeping opponents out of the net and off the scoreboard. She also had a hand in three assists and put up 17 shots, including eight on goal.
The Tigers finished the 2011 season 7-7-2 overall and lost on penalty kicks in the GPAC quarterfinals. Dakota Wesleyan loses six seniors from the 2011 roster, including three All-GPAC players, but returns a core of key players.