Denver Earns Three of Five Major Awards at Summit League Women's Soccer Banquet
Bothner named Defensive Player of the Year, Adler Freshman of the Year and Wilson Goalkeeper of the Year
Nov. 2, 2016
FARGO, N.D. - Junior outside back Makenzie Bothner (Park City, Utah), freshman forward Hannah Adler (Oak Park, Calif.) and freshman goalkeeper Brittany Wilson (Littleton, Colo.) all three took home major awards to highlight Denver's night at the 2016 Summit League Women's Soccer Awards Banquet on Wednesday in Fargo, N.D., site of the 2016 Summit League Championships. At 5-2-1 in league play this year, Denver earned a share of its first league title since 2013.
Bothner earned Defensive Player of the Year honors on Wednesday night, helping lead Denver's backline to just four goals allowed in league play, the lowest total in the Summit League this season. The Denver junior was the oldest member of the backline for most of the campaign, and tallied four of her seven career assists in 2016.
Adler was named the 2016 Summit League Freshman of the Year after leading the Pioneers in goals in 2016 with four, and co-leading Denver in assists with four for 12 points. In Summit League play, Adler tallied nine of her 12 points on three goals and three assists, including scoring both of her game-winning goals in league play.
Wilson earned Goalkeeper of the Year honors at her first postseason awards banquet, playing 90 minutes in four of Denver's eight league matches, while playing the second half in the other four. The Littleton, Colo., native made 21 saves and allowed just three goals in league play for a 0.47 goals against average. Wilson kept two solo cleansheets, while sharing the other three Denver posted in league play with senior goalkeeper Cassidy Rey (Arcadia, Calif.).
Redshirt-senior defensive midfielder Francesca Garzelloni (Parker, Colo.) joined Bothner and Wilson on the All-Summit League First Team on Wednesday night, while Adler was the only Pioneer to earn second team honors. Garzelloni scored twice in Denver's 5-0 win against Fort Wayne last Friday, and enters Thursday's Summit League Semifinals with 12 career goals and eight assists to her name.
Freshman centerback Cheyenne Shorts (Denver, Colo.) joined Adler and Wilson on the 2016 All-Freshman Team. Denver's first choice centerback played and started 16 matches for the Pioneers, tallying an assist this season while joining Bothner on a backline that kept five cleansheets in its last eight matches in the regular season.
The Pioneers will enter this week's Summit League Women's Soccer Championship as the No. 2 seed, taking on No. 3 South Dakota State in the second semifinal Thursday at 2 p.m. MT.
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