Bryan and Hesselbach Land Second-Team All-Big Ten Honors
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East Lansing, Mich. - Two Hoosier women's soccer players were recognized with All-Big Ten honors this morning at the Big Ten Tournament banquet in East Lansing. Senior midfielder Kara Bryan was recognized with second team All-Big Ten honors while junior defender Erin Hesselbach also received second team All-Big Ten recognition.
Bryan has spent two years with the Hoosiers after transferring from Butler University. She has moved her way into the career record books with her 10 goals and owns a spot in many season records. She was named the Midwestern Collegiate Conference's newcomer of the year in 1999 and was named the MCC's co-player of the year in 2000. She came to Indiana University to pursue soccer at a more competitive level and led the team in 2001 in statistical categories. This season, Bryan was selected as a tri-captain by her teammates, leading the team in shots with two goals and three assists on the season. She also led the team in true scoring chances with 25 shots on goal.
"Kara has tremendous talent and class," said head coach Mick Lyon. "She has had a great impact on this program and brings so much to Indiana soccer."
Hesselbach stepped to the forefront of the Hoosier defense this season, anchoring the defenders from the back of the park. She netted her first collegiate goal Sept. 15 against Southeast Missouri State, a goal which proved to be the game-winner.
"Erin epitomizes what this program is set to become. She is hard-working, effective and determined. She has an attitude to never accept anything less than the best," said Lyon.
"It's always great for individual players to be recognized," said Lyon. "I couldn't pick two better players to receive this honor."
The Hoosiers ended their season Thursday, Nov. 7 when they lost 1-0 in overtime to Purdue in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament. IU enjoyed its best record (10-7-2) since 1998 and played in the postseason for the first time since 1998.
For complete information on All-Big Ten honorees check the Big Ten's official website, bigten.org.