Oct. 31, 2012
East Lansing, Mich. - Three players have received post-season honors from the Big Ten Conference, as announced today by the conference office. Junior center back Annie Steinlage (Grand Haven, Mich.) was named First Team All-Big Ten, first-year forward Allyson Krause (Canton, Mich) was named to the All-Freshman team, and senior Chelsea Peterson (East Grand Rapids, Mich.) was the team's Sportsmanship Award recipient.
"We are all very proud of the three players recognized by the Big Ten Conference this morning," said head coach Tom Saxton. "Annie Steinlage's first team award was well-deserved. She is one of the best central defenders in college soccer. Alyson Krause certainly earned her spot on the All-freshmen team. She scored some big goals in conference play and her future is bright. It was very nice for Chelsea Peterson to receive the Sportsmanship Award. She has always demonstrated great character and class both on and off the soccer field."
Steinlage, who earns First Team honors for the second straight season, had a career offensive year in addition to being one of the standout defenders in the Big Ten. She recorded three goals and five assists, good for 11 points. A three-year starter, Steinlage scored her first collegiate goal in the season's home opener against Fordham.
She earned the Big Ten Defensive player of the week on September 3rd for her efforts in a 2-1 victory over Akron. Her defense helped hold the Zips to just one shot on goal, while recording both an assist and the game-winning goal.
In the team's Big Ten opener, it was Steinlage's header in the 99th minute that gave the Spartans a 2-1 victory over Purdue.
Steinlage picked up two more assists in the Nebraska game, assisting on both Spartan goals en route to a 2-1 victory.
Krause was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team. She recorded four goals and two assists in her first season as a Spartan. Her four goals were the second most by a freshman in the Big Ten behind Penn State's Mallory Weber who had 11.