Dec. 9, 2011
2011 NCAA Men’s Division I All-Great Lakes Team
EVANSTON, Ill. – Two Northwestern players were honored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Friday as members of the 2011 NCAA Men’s Division I All-Great Lakes Team. Senior forward Oliver Kupe (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) is a first team honoree while freshman goalkeeper Tyler Miller (Woodbury, N.J./Bishop Eustace) made the second team. The Great Lakes Region includes teams from the Big Ten, MAC, Horizon League and Big East.
Kupe, a 2011 All-Big Ten First Team honoree, lead the team in scoring during the 2011 season with eight goals. Four of his eight goals came in key moments for Northwestern during the team’s 11-match unbeaten streak. Northwestern won its first-ever match in University Park, Pa., with Kupe scoring the game-winner against Penn State in the 59th minute; against then-No. 12 Notre Dame, Kupe’s goal in the 79th minute helped NU come back for the 1-1 tie; his 85th minute equalizer against then-No. 10 Indiana gave the ’Cats a 2-2 tie and kept them alive in the hunt for the Big Ten regular season title and finally, his goal in the 74th minute against Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament final proved to be the title-clinching score. Kupe also earned all-tournament honors and leaves Northwestern eighth on the career scoring list (22 goals) and ninth on the all-time points list (55).
A day after making the College Soccer News All-Freshman Team, Miller can add another award to his freshman resume. Miller had nine of NU’s 10 shutouts this season, while recording a goals-against average of 0.86 and a .746 save percentage. He also was recognized on the Big Ten All-Tournament Team, was a first-team All-Big Ten honoree and cemented his name in the NU record books with the second-highest single-season shutout total.
Both Kupe and Miller played key roles in Northwestern’s first-ever Big Ten regular season and tournament titles and the school’s sixth NCAA tournament berth in the last eight years.
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