Shoko Mikami Named to NSCAA/Adidas All-Central Region Third Team
Dec. 15, 2005
Memphis, Tenn. - For the third straight year, the Memphis women's soccer team had a player named to the NSCAA/Adidas All-Central Region team as junior forward Shoko Mikami was named to the third team that was released on Thursday. Mikami had a record-setting year for the Lady Tigers as she set the school record for points in a season with 42 and tied the record for assists in a season with 12.
Mikami follows her former teammate Leanne McGee, who made the NSCAA All-Central Region second team last year, and fellow Japan native Yuiko Konno, who made the All-Central Region third team in 2003. Prior to 2003, Memphis had never had a player honored on the NSCAA All-Central Region team.
The Chiba, Japan native had one of the finest seasons ever for a Tiger women's soccer player. By recording a goal and two assists in Memphis' season-ending loss to UTEP in the Conference USA tournament, she was able to eclipse the previous record for 40 points in a season. With those two assists, she also tied the record for assists in a season with Christy Caswell, who also had 12 in 1996. Her 15 goals on the year is second only Jessica Gjertsen's 18 in 2000. Mikami also recorded two hat tricks this year, the first two by a Memphis player since Gjertsen had three in 2000. The two games in which she had hat tricks were two of three multiple-goal matches she had this year. Mikami finished the season 12th in the country in points per game and tied for 11th in the nation in assists per game. She also won the C-USA regular season "triple crown" as she led the league in assists and points and tied for the lead in goals during the regular season.
First Team Pos. Name Year School Hometown GK Tyler Griffin Jr. Vanderbilt Charlotte, N.C. D Holly Gault Jr. Kansas Spring Hill, Kan. D Kasey Moore Fr. Texas Mission Viejo, Calif. D Kim Perkins Jr. Vanderbilt Highland Ranch, Colo. M Ali Christoph Jr. Tennessee Columbus, Ohio M Jennifer Hance Fr. Mississippi Sugar Land, Texas M Courtney Hulcer Jr. Saint Louis St. Louis, Mo. M Fran Munnelly Sr. Colorado Arvada, Colo. F Katie Griffin Jr. Colorado Scottsdale, Ariz. F Ashlee Pistorius So. Texas A&M Bloomington, Ill. F Brittany Timko Jr. Nebraska Coquitlam, B.C.