INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana - The Mount St. Joseph women's soccer team had an outstanding 2018 season. They finished second in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season standings, going 16-2-3 with a 7-1-1 HCAC record. Because of this outstanding season the Lions had eight players honored by the conference in a release made today.
The headliner for the Lions was junior midfielder Stephanie Autenrieb (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) who was named the leagues defensive MVP, and also garnered first-team All-league honors. Autenrieb was the only Lion to start all 21 games this season, and she delivered five goals and two assists. She also played outstanding defense in front of the Lions back three all year long.
Joining Autenrieb on the first team was a pair of seniors from opposite ends of the field. Kaylan Gruber (Harrison, Ohio/Harrison) was the leader all season for the Lions offensively. She finished with 16 goals on the season, which was good for second in the HCAC. She also was able to add seven assists on the season. Last weekend Gruber was named the MVP of the HCAC tournament. Joining her was Taylor Murphy (Batavia, Ohio/Batavia) who was a mainstay in the back for the Lions this season. As a team they were able to secure 10 shutouts this season and Murphy's play went a long way in that effort.
The second team also had a trio of Lions on it, sophomore back Alex Hines (Cincinnati, Ohio/Walnut Hills) played centerback for the Lions all season. She was also vital in the teams outstanding defensive effort this year. Also being honored on the second team were midfielders Jodie Weimer (Cleves, Ohio/Taylor) and Paige Mersmann (Florence, Ky./Boone County). The Lions midfield was dominant all year, never more so than in the matchup with Hanover in the conference finals. Weimer was second on the team with 11 goals, and 7 assists this season. Mersmann pitched in 9 goals and 2 assists, with many of her goals coming down the stretch of the season.
Kara Vennemeier (Harrison, Ohio/Harrison) was the Lions representative on the Honorable Mention list. She was lost late in the season to a knee injury, but remained steadfast as a leader on the team. Senior Alley Schmidt (Aurora, Ind./Lawrenceburg) was the teams representative on the the All-Sportsmanship team.
The Lions will continue their season this weekend in the NCAA DIII tournament, as they travel to St. Louis, Mo. and Washington University to take on Illinois Wesleyan. The game is scheduled to kickoff at 7:30 CST (8:30 EST). Follow live on MSJsports.com