Four Tigers earn All-American honors; Johnston named second team
Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 6:20 PM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. –The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced on Tuesday, Dec. 3 that senior Devin Johnston has been named a 2nd Team All-American for her performance during the 2012 season. Teammates Wendy Espejel, Meghan Pipal and Liz Wahl were also recognized as Honorable Mention selections.
The foursome was instrumental in Olivet finishing the season with a 19-4-1 record and advancing farther than any team in program history. The Tigers tied four-time defending national champion Lee University in the semi-finals and advanced to the championship game 4-1 in the shootout. They then fell 3-2 to Lindsey Wilson University to finish as runners-up.
Johnston, a senior defender from Bloomingdale, Ill. was a force to be reckoned with in the middle of the Tiger defense that finished the season with 17 shut-outs, including 11 in a row to capture the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season championship with a perfect record. She also added three goals and an assist. One of her goals was a header off of a corner kick to put the Tigers up early in the NAIA National Championship game with Lindsey Wilson University.
Espejel, a senior goal keeper from Ontario, Cal. protected the goal over 1,800 minutes and allowed just 11 goals. She finished the season with 62 saves and is solely credited with 12.1 of the team’s 17 shut-outs.
Pipal, a senior midfielder from Wheaton, Ill. was instrumental in the Tigers unstoppable defense and also finished second on the team with four assists, while finding the net four times.
Wahl, a freshman from Homer Glen, Ill. led the Tigers with 10 goals in the regular season. She finished with five game winning goals, including back-to-back ones against Robert Morris University (Ill.) and Trinity International University (Ill.). Both games were key to the Tigers solidifying the CCAC regular season title as both teams, at the time, were tied with Olivet at the top of the standings.