Eenigenburg Named NCCAA Player of the Year  (11/23/05)

Senior Jessica Eenigenburg was honored as the 2005 Michelle Akers NCCAA Player of the Year on Thursday, November 17. She was presented with this award, sponsored by the Gary Beck Foundation, at the NCCAA National Soccer Tournament kick-off event. Jess received a trophy and an engraved watch as well as a plaque for the College. 

Each year, the award is presented to women's soccer player who is highly skilled, shows excellence in competition, exhibits outstanding leadership qualities, including Christian service activities, and possesses a vital Christian testimony both on-and-off the field. 

Eenigenburg had been instrumental in leading this year's soccer team to a 21-5-3 record and a NCCAA national championship. She has also been a key in the turnaround of the women's soccer program in her four years as a player. As a team captain, she contributes to her teammates and the community and promotes excellence in all she does.

Her soccer accomplishments are equally impressive. Eenigenburg has broken almost every accomplishment in the college's record book. She led the NCCAA with 42 goals and 22 assists this season and has accumulated impressive career totals of 115 goals and 42 assists. In the past four years, she has received numerous post-season honors, including conference player of the year.

Her excellence on the soccer field is matched only by her achievements in the classroom, where she earned scholar-athlete recognition. In addition, she has shown leadership in many campus activities and in ministry outreach.

Above all, Jess has a love for the Lord that is evident in her actions and words. She has a strong Christian commitment and refuses to conform to what the "world" sets as standards. Her spiritual leadership is visible in her daily lifestyle, as well as in her respect and love for her teammates. 

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