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Freshman goalkeeper earns All-America honors

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College has its first All-American women’s soccer player in well over a decade.

On Dec. 5, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics announced the 2011 women’s soccer All-America honors. Bethel’s freshman goalkeeper, Madison Wiles of Hutchinson, was named to the honorable mention team.

Wiles, a 2011 graduate of Hutchinson High School, is the first Bethel women’s soccer player to earn that honor since Athletic Hall of Fame member Jennifer Stipp Sevier in 1998.

Wiles led the KCAC in saves per game with 6.78 and ranked 27th in the NAIA. She was a First Team All-KCAC selection, as well as KCAC Goalkeeper of the Year.

Wiles was one of two players from the KCAC selected as an NAIA All-American, along with Yadira Toraya, junior at Kansas Wesleyan University.

The Bethel College women’s soccer team finished the season 6-12 overall and 4-5 in conference play, earning the No. 6 seed in the conference tournament. They lost in the quarterfinals to McPherson College.

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2011-12 analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States and is the highest-ranked Kansas college in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2011-12. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA.

In sports, Bethel competes within the 10-school Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. For more information, see

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