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2011 NAIA All-Americans

12.6.11 | Soccer

Baker soccer program sets school-record with five NAIA All-Americans

2011 NAIA All-Americans

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – In a year that saw the Baker women’s soccer team advance to its second consecutive NAIA National quarterfinal and the Baker men’s soccer team advance to its first ever NAIA National semifinal, the teams set another record on Monday afternoon when the NAIA announced that five players from the Wildcat soccer programs had been named NAIA All-Americans.

Seniors Alix Schiraldi (Lenexa, Kan.) and Maggie Dupes (Fallbrook, Calif.), along with junior Jordan Dolbin (La Mirada, Calif.) were all named NAIA All-Americans on the women’s side. Schiraldi and Dolbin were named to the third-team, while Dupes was an honorable mention.

Schiraldi finished the season as Baker’s leading goal scorer with 14 tallies and 49 points. Dolbin was right behind her with 47 points and eight tallies. Goalkeeper Maggie Dupes finished the season with a 1.15 goals against average and a record of 8-3.

On the men’s side, junior Nate Byarlay (Olathe, Kan.) becomes only the second first team NAIA All-American in the history of the Baker soccer program. Byarlay was consistently one of the top technical and physical defenders in the nation during the ‘Cats run to the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship Semifinals. Sophomore goalkeeper Matt Bickley (Olathe, Kan.) was named to the honorable mention squad after finishing the season ranked sixth nationally with a .67 goals against average.

“Each of these players is a perfect representative of the Baker soccer program,” said head coach Nate Houser. “They embody the hard work, passion and commitment each team brings to each game and everyday to training. Each of these players honors the hard work of their teammates with this recognition. It’s a great day for Baker soccer!"

The Baker men finished the season 20-2-1 overall, their best total in school history. They also finished with their highest-ever regular season national ranking at No. 2 and closed the season at No. 3 in the NAIA. The Baker women ended the season with a 15-3-2 mark and became the first team in the history of the program to advance to back-to-back NAIA quarterfinal games. The women close out season ranked No. 6 nationally.

View the complete women's list here.

View the complete men's list here.

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