Kaitlin McCulloch (Courier file photos)
Kaitlin McCulloch (Courier file photos)
Kaitlin McCulloch has become the first player in Hanover College soccer history to earn All-American honors.

McCulloch, a senior from Florence, Ky., anchored Hanover's defensive unit for the past four seasons. She was named a third-team all-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

During the 2012 season, McCulloch helped the Panthers' defense post 10 shutouts in 19 matches and also tie the 2009 squad's school record by allowing just 10 goals.

In addition to the NSCAA national honor, McCulloch was selected to the organization's all-Great Lakes Region first team for the second consecutive season. She is a four-time all-region selection.

McCulloch is also a four-time all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference honoree. She was named the league's defensive player of the year following the 2011 and 2012 seasons. She was also named the HCAC's newcomer of the year in 2009.

Hanover closed its 2012 women's soccer campaign with a 13-4-2 overall record. The Panthers placed third in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings with a 6-2-1 mark.