Fisher and Babut Receive NAIA All-American Recognition | Schools
CLINTON, Iowa--Senior Chelsea Fisher and junior Hollie Babut were inseparable on the pitch this season for the Ashford University women's soccer team. On Monday, they found their names side-by-side for seemingly the final time as AU teammates.
After combining for 33 of the team's 67 goals and leading AU to its second national tournament berth ever, both players have been named National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Honorable Mention All-Americans.
Fisher, a Calgary, Alberta-native, was named Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Player of the Year after Ashford upset #14-ranked California State University-San Marcos, 1-0, in the A.I.I. Tournament Championship. She scored 13 goals and handed out nine assists during her final year in purple and gold to bring her career goals total to 49, and career assists mark to 32. In addition, she fired 64 shots, placing 29 on goal, was three-of-three from the penalty spot and hammered home two game-winning markers.
Fisher was also a First Team All-A.I.I. selection.
Oshawa, Ontario-native, Babut, recorded the 15th-most goals among all individuals in the nation with an A.I.I.-best and team-high 20 goals. In addition, she led the entire nation with nine game-winning scores while serving up six assists. Babut totaled five two-goal matches and had a season-high four goals in AU's 9-3 rout of Mount Mercy University.
Additionally, the junior forward was named First Team All-A.I.I. and earned a Capital One Academic All-America® College Division Second Team selection when those awards were announced last month.
The duo single-handedly hooked up to tally eight goals this season with Fisher assisting Babut on six occasions.
Lindsey Wilson's (Ky.) Mia Persson, a native of Sjobo, Sweden, has been named the 2012 Select Sport America-NAIA National Player of the Year. Persson is the third Blue Raider in program history to receive the award since its inception in 1985. The senior midfielder, who is No. 1 on Lindsey Wilson's all-time scoring list with 72 career goals in 94 matches, capped her final campaign by leading the Blue Raiders to the programs third national championship with a win over Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), 3-2, on Dec. 1.
The NAIA All-America committee, which is comprised of the NAIA-Women's Soccer Coaches Association officers and seven additional women's soccer coaches, select the three teams consisting of 13 individuals.
The Saints finished 2012 with a 14-5-2 record overall and qualified for the NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship. Ashford was ousted by eventual champion, Lindsey Wilson, in the tournament's second round.