Feb. 24, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's soccer team held its annual team banquet Friday. Danielle Dietrich (Cincinnati, Ohio/Kolping) was named the 2005 Team Most Valuable Player, as she was the lone senior leader on the field for the Scarlet and Gray. Fellow seniors Becky Hock (Cincinnati, Ohio/Kolping) and Megan Stickler (Hudson, Ohio/Internationals) also were honored as members of the 2005 senior class.
The first honoree of the evening was freshman Amy Graeff (Westerville, Ohio/Ohio Premier), who received The Most Improved Player Award. Graeff started in the OSU backfield for 14 games and played in 17 of 18 matches. The Offensive Most Valuable Player award went to Lisa Collison (Fr., Niagara Falls, Ontario/Burlington Flames). Collison led the 2005 Buckeyes with 13 goals and three assists for 29 points. Defensive Most Valuable Player laurels was awarded to Melissa Miller (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Kolping). Miller started all 18 Buckeye contests, while also recording two goals and two assists for the Ohio State offense. Emily Francis (Jr., Paris, Ohio/Northern Ohio Alliance), the 2005 co-captain, received the Elisa Hamilton Buckeye Fury honor, an award that praises those who demonstrate the highest degree of commitment on the pitch. Stickler was recognized with the Coaches Award because of her continued support of her teammates in an off-the-field capacity after suffering a season-ending injury just two games into the 2005 season.
The 2006 Buckeyes kick off their spring season April 8 with a trip out west to Beaverton, Ore., where they will meet the U.S. Women's Under-20 National Team at the Nike national headquarters.
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