Fouch Earns MVC Defensive Player of the Year, Brewer Honored
Nov. 7, 2013
EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Missouri State's Kelsey Fouch was named the Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year at the annual awards banquet held at the site of this year's MVC Women's Soccer Championship in Evansville on Thursday evening. Fouch also picked up first-team All-MVC accolades and Bears' midfielder Molly Brewer earned second team honors.
"Kelsey (Fouch) is our undisputed spokesperson and leader on the field," said head coach Rob Brewer. "She has developed and grown immensely. Molly (Brewer) scored some important goals for us this year including both game-winners during conference play. Considering neither is a senior, I hope we can continue to develop chemistry as a team moving forward."
Fouch continues a long lineage of top league defenders as she is the eighth Bear to be named to the top league defensive honor. It is also the second-straight season that the honor has been bestowed upon a Bear as Nia Williams was the award recipient last year.
She played in and started 18 of the Bears' 19 matches and racked up just shy of 1,700 minutes, second only to fellow defender Alix Opfer. A speedy and aggressive defender, Fouch would often thwart opponent's offensive charges and counter with an attack of her own in the blink of an eye.
A native of St. Charles, Mo., Fouch was named the league's Scholar-Athlete of the Week on October 2, 2013. She also was named to the All-MVC honorable mention and All-Freshman teams in 2011.
Brewer picks up her first all-conference honor after being named to the MVC All-Freshman team a season ago. The sophomore tied for the team lead with four goals, all coming during league play. She tallied game-winners over UNI and in double-overtime at Loyola. She also scored in the final two matches of the season tying the match at Indiana State and drawing the Bears close versus Illinois State.
A Springfield native, Brewer led the team in shots on goal with 16 of her 30 shots fired on frame. Her six shots against Evansville in the opening round of the MVC Championship on Sunday tied for the top output on the year.