Senior Krista Blake (Geneva) earned an All-Ohio Athletic Conference honorable mention selection in her final season as a Student Prince.
The Heidelberg University women’s soccer team listed only one active senior on a 20-player roster, defender Krista Blake. Blake, after taking a year off from soccer returned to the pitch for what would become a decorated final season. The honorable mention honor marks the first of Blake’s career.
“Krista has been a great asset to our team,” said seventh-year head coach Nick Spell. “She is a quality Heidelberg student-athlete and that shows with her grade point average and her All-OAC honorable mention.”
In 2012, Blake netted one goal against John Carroll University on October 23. Blake also tallied an assist for the Student Princes in her senior campaign. Blake finishes her career with five goals, three of which came as a freshman.
“Krista will be missed, but I am excited to see her move on in her life,” said Spell. “It will be exciting to see Krista coach and teach in the future.”
"It is the players like Krista that are the ones who help the team earn academic awards and gain positive recognition," said Spell. “She is a great leader and model player for what the Heidelberg women’s soccer program is about. She leaves big cleats to fill for the next leader of this team.”
In 2012, Heidelberg was led offensively by sophomore Kristen Smith (Lancaster/Bloom Carroll). Smith recorded two goals on nine shots for the Berg.
Four other Heidelberg women, including Blake, tallied one goal and are tied for second in scoring. Sophomores Christina Neal (Kingston, TN/Roane County) and Rachel Gilbert (Chardon) both netted a goal for the Berg, along with freshman Jeannette Jinkinson (Cincinnati/Indian Hill).
Freshman Julie Cross (Bowling Green) has an impressive year in goal. After receiving the starting role early in the preseason, she stepped up for the Student Princes and played admirably. She collected 125 saves in her freshman campaign, finishing second in the OAC.
Throughout the month of October, the team raised money and awareness for breast cancer research. Along with their Shoot for the Cure game against Capital on Saturday, October 6, the Heidelberg women raised a total of $530.09 in October.
The proceeds will be given to the Susan G. Koman Foundation of Northwest Ohio.
“Overall it was a tough season, record-wise,” said Spell. “With a young team, we worked through the processes of a season and become better squad.”