Moeller, Vaught Named Evangel 2018-2019 Student-Athletes of the Year

by Evangel Athletics

Evangel University senior Andreas Moeller and junior Lexie Garrett were named winners of the Dr. David Stair and Sandra Sorbo Male and Female Student-Athletes of the Year on Thursday.

Dr. Stair and Sandra Sorbo are former Directors of Athletics who were advocates for all student-athletes and expected excellence from all who participated wearing the Evangel uniform.  They had great respect for those who worked hard, were exceptional performers and those that exemplified great integrity and sportsmanship.

The two student-athletes will be honored during Hall of Fame Weekend, September 20-21, as part of ceremonies for the 2019 Hall of Fame Class.

Moeller, was a unanimous All-American as he earned First Team honors from all three organizations, Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, and NAIA.

A native of Hebo, Oregon,  he led the nation for most of the season in tackles for a loss and forced fumbles while finishing second in the NAIA with 12 sacks. His 27.5 tackles for a loss set an Evangel single-season record as the Oregon native added 69 total tackles and one interception.

He finished his career with 38 tackles for a loss, third-most in Evangel history, and 17 career sacks moving him into the top 10 at ninth all-time at Evangel.

In addition to being named the Heart of America South Division Defensive Player of the Year, Moeller was an Academic All-District selection and candidate for NAIA Defensive Player of the Year. 

Vaught finished her first season with the Crusaders leading the Heart in steals and finishing third nationally with 4.1 steals per game. She led Evangel in nearly every category averaging 16.1 points per game and 8.1 boards per game. She scored in double figures 26 of 27 games and scored 21 or more points in four of the final five games of the season.

The Crane, Missouri, native became the 10th NAIA All-American for Evangel during the Division I era and 24th All-American all-time. Her 112 steals were third-most in a single-season in Evangel history as she is only the third Crusader to record more than 100 steals in a season joining Tracy Zinn (1980-81) and Becky Fellenstein (1995-96 and 1996-97). 

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