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Trailblazer Soccer Players Earn NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards

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Article by: Paige Allen, pallen@lc.edu
GODFREY – Trailblazer soccer players Michelle Pedersen and Melvin Becket recently were named 2013 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Second Team Academic Student-Athletes.
 
Pedersen, a freshman from Copenhagen, Denmark, is an NJCAA top-ranked forward.
 
She finished the season with a national ranking of No. 2 in assists, at 20. She also ranked No. 4 in game-winning goals with seven, and No. 5 in points with 82.
 
Pedersen also received the NJCAA Division I Region 24 First Team All Region and Region 24 Player of the Year title this year.
 
“I feel so honored to receive All-American my first year playing for the college,” Pedersen said.
 
Becket is a freshman forward from Sunshine, Victoria, Australia.
 
A former Melbourne Victory youth player, Becket received the NJCAA Division I All Region Player and Region 24 Player of the Year this season.
 
“Only a few players get named NJCAA Academic Student-Athletes and I’m proud to be one of them,” Becket said. “It is a great honor.”
 
Head Soccer Coach Tim Rooney said both players are very deserving of the recognition.
 
“Michelle and Melvin are talented players who always give 110 percent. I’m very proud of both of them,” Rooney said.
 
The women’s soccer team finished 19-2 this season and narrowly missed a trip to nationals losing to St. Louis Community College 0-1 in the district final.
 
The men’s soccer team earned a trip to nationals for the first time since 1989. They won their first national playoff game 3-1 against Ranger College and lost the second game to No. 1 Iowa Central Community College finishing 15-6-3 this season.