Merten named to NSCAA/adidas All-America first team

For the second year in a row, a Willamette University women’s soccer player was named to the NCAA Division III women’s soccer All-America first team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of American (NSCAA)/adidas.

Anne Merten, a junior forward from Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis, was the only player on the West Coast named to the 11-member first team. She led the 16-2-1 Bearcats in scoring with 13 goals and was second on the team in assists with six.

Willamette tied Puget Sound for the Northwest Conference title and was ranked No. 9 in the final Division III poll, despite not being invited to the 45-team national tournament.

Last year, WU senior forward Buffy Morris was named to the NSCAA/adidas first-team All-America unit, and defender Karen Heaston was named to the second team.

Merten is a three-time first-team NWC selection and twice has been named to the Verizon Academic All-District (West Coast) team.

She recently was nominated by Willamette for the Ad Rutschman Award, an honor presented to the male and female small college athletes of the year in Oregon during the Oregon Sports Awards.

In Merten’s college career, the Bearcats are 53-7-2 and have finished each season ranked in the Top 10 in Division III. She has 40 goals (12 game-winners) and 20 assists in three seasons.