Five named to NSCAA All-America teams
By the Pac-12 Conference
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Five Pac-12 women's soccer players were named to National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-America teams, the NSCAA announced Friday. Stanford defenders Alina Garciamendez and Rachel Quon were named to the first team, while Cardinal midfielder Mariah Nogueira was a second team selection. UCLA's Zakiya Bywaters earned a first team nod, and Bruin defender Abby Dahlkemper garnered second team accolades.
Quon and Garciamendez anchor a Stanford back line that has allowed just 14 goals in 23 games this season. Garciamendez has tallied 13 points on the campaign, scoring six goals and adding an assist, and is one of three Cardinal to have started all 23 games. Quon, who has also started all 23 games for the Cardinal, has logged a team-high 1,823 minutes and has notched a pair of goals and seven assists on the year.
Nogueira, Stanford's other 23-game starter, has scored seven goals this season, three of which have been game-winners. She is a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, given annually to the student-athlete in his or her sport who best demonstrates achievement in four key areas: community, classroom,character and competition.
Bywaters, the Pac-12 Player of the Year, is the Conference's leader in points per game (1.48), goals per game (0.65), and game-winning goals (6). She was the Soccer America National Player of the Week in mid-September and was twice named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week.
Dahlkemper, a first team all-conference performer, has been a force on a UCLA defensive unit that boasts a 0.55 goals against average —a figure that is tied for seventh in the nation— and posted 14 shutouts in 23 games this season. She was twice named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week.
This is the first NSCAA All-America honor for Garciamendez, Quon and Bywaters. Nogueira was a third team selection in 2009, while Dahlkemper was a third team selection in 2011. Garciamendez, Quon and Bywaters were named among 15 semifinalists for the Hermann Trophy earlier this week.
2012 NSCAA ALL-AMERICANS
Alina Garciamendez, Sr., D, Stanford
Rachel Quon, Sr., D., Stanford
Zakiya Bywaters, Sr. F, UCLA
Abby Dahlkemper, So. D, UCLA
Mariah Nogueira, Sr. M, Stanford
For a complete list of NSCAA All-Americans, visit NSCAA.com.