Butler Named Third Team All-America by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America

SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University senior midfielder/forward Susan Butler (Boise, ID/Boise HS) has been chosen for the 2006 NSCAA/adidas NCAA Division III Women’s All-America Third Team, as selected by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Butler was one of 13 players named to the Third Team. The All-America Team also included 11 players on the First Team and 12 players on the Second Team, as a total of 36 players were honored.

Butler, who led the Willamette team in scoring in 2006 with 10 goals and five assists for 25 total points, also was named First Team NCAA Division III All-West Region by the NSCAA. She was joined by four Willamette teammates on the NSCAA’s All-West Region squad, as Kelsey Rogel (So., D, Tacoma, WA/Bellarmine Prep) was named to the Second Team and Jessica Lammers (Sr., MF, Concord, CA/Northgate HS), Laura Uhlmansiek (Sr., MF, Woodinville, WA/Overlake HS) and Meghan Anderson (Fr., F/MF, Eugene, OR/South Eugene HS) were chosen for the Third Team.

Butler was named First Team All-Northwest Conference for the fourth consecutive season this fall. During her Willamette career, she scored a total of 35 goals to go with 15 assists, giving her 85 career points. She played in 79 out of a possible 80 games for the Bearcats. She blasted 219 total shots during her career, including 113 shots on goal.

Twelve of the goals in Butler's career were game-winners, including five in 2005 and four in 2006. Willamette was 9-0 in games in which Butler scored a goal during the regular season this year. She also scored in the Bearcats’ NCAA Tournament game against #1-ranked Trinity University (Texas), which ended in a 1-1 tie in two overtimes, before Trinity advanced to the second round following a penalty kick shootout. She received additional postseason honors when she was named First Team All-West Region by D3Kicks.com, before earning First Team All-West Region and Third Team All-America honors from the NSCAA.

Rogel helped lead Willamette’s defense, which allowed just 10 goals in 21 games, as WU posted a 0.46 goals against average as a team. Rogel displayed an ability to send very long passes to midfielders and forwards, making her a key player in the transition from defense to offense. In addition to playing on Willamette’s back line, she also took most of the Bearcats’ goal kicks.

In two seasons at WU, Rogel has played in 39 of 41 games, including 35 starts. She has scored one goal and one assist for the Bearcats. This season, she was named First Team All-Northwest Conference, was chosen Second Team All-West Region by the NSCAA and was selected Third Team All-West Region by D3Kicks.com.

Lammers played primarily on the left flank for the Bearcats. She contributed in all facets of the game, providing solid defense, quality midfield play and excellent crosses on offense. She also took some of Willamette’s corner kicks and free kicks, and was involved in many of the Bearcats’ top scoring chances throughout the season.

She started all 21 games in 2006 and possessed the energy needed to be effective at both ends of the field. She ranked fourth on the team in scoring, with four goals and five assists for 13 points. She took 36 shots and placed 12 shots on goal. She was credited with two game-winning goals and converted a penalty kick to start WU’s comeback in a 2-1 win at George Fox University on Oct. 25. She also scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Pacific Lutheran University on Nov. 3. She was named Second Team All-NWC and also earned Third Team All-West Region accolades from D3Kicks.com and the NSCAA.

Uhlmansiek received All-NWC honors four times, including First Team recognition in 2005 and 2006. She missed several games this fall due to injury, but still played in 18 of 21 games. She scored two goals and earned seven assists during the season. She was credited with one game-winning goal. Uhlmansiek was chosen Second Team All-West Region by D3Kicks.com and was named Third Team All-West Region by the NSCAA.

At Willamette, Uhlmansiek saw action in 77 games. She took 179 total shots, with 74 shots on goal. She scored 10 goals (four game-winners) to go with an impressive 34 assists for 54 total points during her four years at Willamette. She registered the assist on Butler’s goal against Trinity in this year’s NCAA Tournament. After missing three games in late September and early October, Uhlmansiek was responsible for taking nearly all of WU’s offensive free kicks during the second half of the season. She was an important catalyst in Willamette’s overall offensive efforts.

Anderson tied for second in scoring on the Willamette team, as she recorded six goals and a team-high nine assists for 21 points. She played in all 21 games, including 13 starts. She was one of just two freshmen named First Team All-NWC at the conclusion of the regular season. Anderson was chosen Third Team All-Region by both the NSCAA and D3Kicks.com.

During the season, Anderson registered at least one goal or one assist in 12 games, including seven games in a row from Sept. 16 through Oct. 7. She led the team in offensive accuracy by placing 55.6% of her shots on target, as 20 of her 36 attempts were recorded as shots on goal. She scored two goals against Lewis & Clark College in a 3-0 win on Oct. 23.

Willamette has earned five NCAA Division III Tournament berths since 1998, including final four appearances in 1998 and 2001. In 14 years at Willamette, Head Coach Jim Tursi has led the Bearcats to 14 consecutive winning seasons. His teams have reached postseason play 10 times, helping him achieve a combined record of 229-44-21 (.815) with the Bearcats. His career record, including three years at the University of Portland, is 265-58-25 (.797).