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Women's Soccer Recognized for Outstanding Season

Rossler named NJCAA All-American again

Maxzine Rossler became Waubonsee Community College’s first two-time All-American soccer player when she was recently named a 2011 NJCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Honorable Mention All-American. The record-setting forward heads up a lengthy list of Lady Chiefs’ players who received post-season accolades. The Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) and the NJCAA Region IV recently recognized Rossler along with teammates Becky Bartos, Priscilla Diaz, Jessica Alvarez, Kaylee Berg, Valeria Farfan, Elizabeth Barnes, Gretchen Tyler, Cindy McDonald, Stephanie Salinas and Head Coach Leslie Ferguson.

As a freshman Rossler was named the Region IV and ISCC Player of the Year on her way to being selected an NJCAA All-American Second Teamer. The Hinckley-Big Rock High School graduate followed up with an even better overall performance this fall. She finished second nationally with 34 goals scored, just two behind the NJCAA’s top scorers. Rossler also was third nationally with a Lady Chiefs single-season record of 84 points, and tied for 12th in the nation with 16 assists. As a result she was selected All-Region First Team and All-ISCC First Team, being tabbed the top forward in the region and number two player in the ISCC this fall. In addition, the 5’4” scoring machine was chosen as the NJCAA Division I Player of the Week for the first week of October. Rossler finishes as the Lady Chiefs’ all-time leading scorer and either holds or shares 18 Waubonsee records. She was also recently named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s All-Central Region team for the second straight year.

Bartos, one of the Lady Chiefs team captains, was named All-Region First Team and All-ISCC First Team. The sophomore midfielder from Batavia High School was one of nine Lady Chiefs’ players that reached double-digits in points on the season. She finishes her Waubonsee career with 20 assists, fourth overall in the program’s history.   

Diaz, a sophomore from Aurora West High School, spearheaded a Lady Chiefs defense that set a school-record with 15 shutouts. The team’s vocal leader, Diaz was chosen to the All-Region First Team and All-ISCC First Team after being selected the top defensive player in Region IV last season.

Alvarez registered 19 assists this fall to set a new Waubonsee single-season record. The midfielder from Oswego East High School was tabbed All-Region Second Team and All-ISCC First Team. She finished tied for sixth nationally in assists, and booked 13 goals to give her 45 points on the season. Alvarez also finished tied with Jessica Cobo (2007-2008) for the Waubonsee career record in assists with 26.

Berg was named the top goal keeper in Region IV en route to being chosen All-Region First Team. A sophomore from Indian Creek High School, Berg carried a goals-against-average of 0.86 heading into the National Tournament. The Lady Chiefs keeper even scored a goal and had an assist when not minding Waubonsee’s net in 20 games.  

Farfan finishing the season tied for 10th nationally in goals scored with 26. The freshman forward from West Chicago High School was selected to the All-Region Second Team and All-ISCC Second Team. She also was 10th in the nation in points with 65, and tied teammate Liz Barnes for 25th nationally in assists with 13.

Barnes was tabbed All-Region Second Team and All-ISCC Second Team. The midfielder from Batavia High School tallied 13 assists and scored 11 goals before being sidelined with a knee injury just prior to the National Tournament.

Tyler, a sophomore from Indian Creek High School, was chosen to the All-Region Second Team. An integral part of the Lady Chiefs record-setting defense, she also managed to score three goals and assist on two others during the season.

McDonald was selected to the All-ISCC Second Team. Alternating from defense to midfield, the Oswego resident and Willowbrook High School graduate recorded 10 goals and a dozen assists to finish fifth on Waubonsee’s team with 32 points.

Salinas, a sophomore from West Chicago High School, was tabbed All-ISCC Second Team. The midfielder booked three goals and five assists on the year, including one at the National Tournament.

Coach Ferguson was tabbed the Region IV Coach of the Year after leading the Lady Chiefs to the title for the third time in the last four years. In her eighth season, the Judson (IL) University graduate has built Waubonsee into a perennial power, winning 71 of their last 99 matches over the past four and a half years.

After a 5-5 start, including a 2-1 loss to ISCC foe Lake County, the Lady Chiefs won 12 of their next 13 with a 1-0 loss to Heartland College as the only blemish. The Lady Chiefs won the Region IV title for the third time in the last four years, and took the NJCAA District D Championship to become the first women’s team ever from Region IV to participate at the eight-team National Tournament. Over those four playoff matches, they outshot their opponents 94-6 and outscored them 23-1. Waubonsee lost to top-ranked, undefeated and eventual National Champion Tyler (TX) Junior College in their first match at the National Tournament. Fourth-ranked Butler (KS) Community College blanked an exhausted Waubonsee team the next day to end the Lady Chiefs’ season at 17-8 overall.

The team set several Waubonsee records along the way, shattering the mark for goals (125) and points (361) in a season. They also booked a school-record 111 assists, registered 664 shots on goal, and tied the record for goals in a game (14), a half (9), and most players to score a goal in one game (10). Overall, the squad’s group of sophomores won 35 matches the last two years.