Womens Soccer Announces 2009 Award Recipients
The Brown women's soccer team held its annual season-ending banquet, and five different individuals were honored with team awards. Senior captain Melissa Kim (Bethesda, MD) earned the Ridgely MVP Award, while classmate and fellow captain Bridget Ballard (Los Angeles, CA) was awarded the Sarah Nicholson Memorial Award. Senior Steffi Yellin (Savannah, GA) and junior Katie Gannett (Chicago, IL) were co-recipients of the Margeson Team Spirit Award, while junior Gina Walker (Canyon Country, CA) earned the Dobson-Kay Coaches' Award.
Presented annually to the Most Valuable Player as voted by the team, the Ridgely MVP Award is in honor of Professor and Mrs. Beverly Ridgely for their outstanding contributions to women's soccer. A Second Team All-Ivy honoree and Second Team All-NEWISA selection, Kim also earned Third Team CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honors and Academic All-Ivy honors this year. She played in 14 games, starting all 14, while missing one due to injury. Kim finished tied for third on the team in scoring with six points (2g, 2a) to bring her career numbers to 30 points (10g, 10a). A dominant midfielder, Kim finished among the top five scorers on the team in each of her four seasons, playing in 62 games and starting 59. She finished her career ranked 18th at Brown for career assists.
The Sarah Nicholson Memorial Award is given to a senior on the team who, through total dedication and loyalty, has given the most of themselves to the good of the team. A three-time All-Ivy honoree, Ballard was named to the First Team in 2009 after earning Second Team honors in 2008 and Honorable Mention honors in 2007. Ballard started all 15 games this season at center-back, while playing every minute of every game. A dominant player, Ballard was also recognized for her off-field achievements, earning CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine First Team Academic All-District honors this year after earning Second Team honors a year ago. An Academic All-Ivy honoree in both 2008 and 2009, Ballard played in 62 career games, starting all 62, while missing just four career games, all due to injury. A member of the Brown women's swimming team as well, Ballard finished her career with 11 points (3g, 5a).
The Dobson-Kay Coaches' Award is presented annually to the player(s) chosen by the coaches for outstanding contribution, dedication and sportsmanship. After missing all of the 2008 season due to injury, Walker came back and earned a starting position six games into the 2009 campaign. A determined player, Walker played in all 15 games, starting nine, while finishing the year as the Bears' second-leading scorer with seven points (1g, 5a), and leading the team with five assists.
The Margeson Team Spirit Award is given to that player who exhibits the most team spirit as voted by the players. Gannett made the team as a walk-on in 2007 and has been a valued member of the team for the past three years. In addition to her time with the soccer team, Gannett is also a valued member of the community, having spent the summer of 2008 in Tanzania working for the Global Alliance for Africa. She also traveled to Cyprus this past summer, working with the Doves Olympic Movement as part of her Royce Fellowship for Sport & Society. Yellin split time in net this past fall and played in 10 games, starting two. She posted a 4-3-1 record on the year and had two shutouts to go along with a 1.33 GAA and a .743 save percentage.
The Brown women's soccer team finished the 2009 season with a 5-9-1 record and a 2-5 mark in the Ivy League. Seven starters for next season, along with the top three scorers from this season, return for the 2010 campaign.