Cooper Earns United Soccer Coaches' All-America

Cooper Earns United Soccer Coaches' All-America

BUCKHANNON -- West Virginia Wesleyan's Mary Cooper has been named to the United Soccer Coaches' All-America Team. The senior defender was named First Team, just a month after being named the Mountain East Conference Defender of the Year.

 
Cooper is a native of McKeesport, Pennsylvania and a product of Elizabeth Forward High School. She has been the anchor of an air-tight Lady Bobcat defensive unit the last two seasons, that has delivered a total of 30 shutouts in that span. This year's squad produced 17 shutouts in only 22 contests.
 
After being awarded the MEC honor, Cooper helped lead the league champion LBC into NCAA play. The squad defeated Gannon in the first round, before losing to East Stroudsburg in the round of 32. For her efforts, Cooper was also awarded All-Region honors.
 
"Mary Cooper has been the anchor to our defense for the last two years," head coach Patrick Holguin said. "She is incredibly sound, and has an incredible want as a defender. She has become a great leader, andf has gotten the best out of all the players around her. She manages the game extremely well, and knows how to finish the game. She was the key component to all of our shutouts and strong defensive performances...she is certanly very deserving of all the awards she is receiving."
 
Wesleyan completed the 2017 season with an 18-2-2 mark. 
 
Below is the complete list of the 1st team All-Americans.
 

2017 NCAA Division II Women's All-America Teams

First Team

 

Pos

Name

Yr.

School

Hometown

K

Ana Dilkes**

Sr.

University of Central Missouri

Wichita, Kan.

D

Natalie Saddic

So.

University of California-San Diego

San Diego, Calif.

D

Allison Birke

Sr.

Quincy University

O'Fallon, Mo.

D

Mary Cooper

Sr.

West Virginia Wesleyan College

McKeesport, Pa.

D

Caitlin Hayes

Sr.

Mississippi College

Warrington, England

M

Maddie Mohr

So.

Kutztown University

Elizabethtown, Pa.

M

Charlene Nowotny

So.

Flagler College

Marburg, Germany

M

Tarah Patterson

Fr.

University of Colorado-Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, Colo.

F

Gabriella Mencotti*

Sr.

Grand Valley State University

Novi, Mich.

F

Ally Boots

So.

Mercy College

Yorba Linda, Calif.

F

Jada Scott*

Jr.

University of Central Missouri

Bel Aire, Kan.

F

Lauren Wade*

Sr.

Carson-Newman University

Coleraine, Northern Ireland