Pac-12 announces women’s soccer All-Conference honors
STANFORD’S ANDI SULLIVAN voted Player of the Year
USC'S MANDY FREEMAN tabbed Defensive Player of the Year
COLORADO’S TAYLOR KORNIECK named Freshman of the Year
USC’S SAMMY JO PRUDHOMME selected Goalkeeper of the Year
STANFORD’S PAUL RATCLIFFE voted Coach of the Year
SAN FRANCISCO - The Pac-12 Conference announced today the women’s soccer All-Pac-12 honors for the 2016 season, as determined by a polling of the Conference coaches. STANFORD’s Andi Sullivan was voted Pac-12 Player of the Year, while USC's Mandy Freeman was tabbed Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. Colorado’s Taylor Kornieck was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year while USC’s Sammy Jo Prudhomme was voted Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Year. For the seventh time in the last nine years, Stanford head coach Paul Ratcliffe was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year. The All-Pac-12 and All-Freshman teams were also announced.
PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Andi Sullivan, M, Stanford
Andi Sullivan (Lorton, Va.) a member of the 2016 MAC Hermann Trophy Preseason Watch List, helped lead Stanford to capture the Pac-12 Championship crown. The Cardinal earned the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship. Sullivan leads the league in total points with 29 and an average of 1.71 points per game. She scored 11 goals in the season and is tied for second in the Conference. Of her 11 goals, three were game-winning goals. The junior also dished out seven assists. Sullivan was the leader of a prolific offense that leads the Conference in goals (47), points (131), and goals per game (2.47). Sullivan takes home first team All-Pac-12 accolades as well.
PAC-12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Mandy Freeman, D/M, USC
Mandy Freeman (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) was a key factor in USC's second-place tie in the Pac-12. Freeman, a defender and midfielder, assisted in 12 shutouts on the season to put USC fifth in the nation in shutout percentage (0.667). USC led the league in goals against average at 0.47, which is the eighth-best mark in the country. USC finished the regular season with 47 goals scored and nine goals allowed, the second-best goal differential in the league. Freeman earned first team All-Pac-12 honoree for the second time.
PAC-12 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR – Taylor Kornieck, M, Colorado
Taylor Kornieck (Henderson, Nev.) was a strong presence on the field for the Buffs which went 14-5-1 and 8-2-1 to tie for second in the Pac-12. The freshman has been vital to Colorado's offense which has the No. 8 goals against average in the country at 0.437. Individually, Kornieck is sixth in the Conference in goals per game (11), fourth in shots (72), tied for third in points (26), tied for second in goals (11), and second in the Conference in game-winning goals (6).
PAC-12 GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR – Sammy Jo Prudhomme, GK, USC
Sammy Jo Prudhomme (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) leads the defensive charge for a Trojans squad that went 14-4-1 on the year and 8-2-1 in Pac-12 play to tie for second in the Conference. USC boasts a .908 save percentage to rank fifth in the nation for the category. Individually, Prudhomme also holds the fifth spot in the nation with a .906 save percentage. Prudhomme also ranks sixth in the nation in shutouts with 11 on the regular season, allowing nine goals in 19 games. She earned Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week honors four times and is All-Pac-12 first team.
PAC-12 COACH OF THE YEAR – Paul Ratcliffe, Stanford
For the seventh time in the last nine years, head coach Paul Ratcliffe has been named Pac-12 Coach of the Year. In 2016, Ratcliffe led a Cardinal program that earned its sixth Pac-12 title in the last eight years. Ratcliffe's squad earned the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship for the third-straight year, posting a 17-1-1 overall record and going 10-1 in Pac-12 play. Stanford has the third-best won-loss-tied percentage in the country on the year at .917.
|Sammy Jo Prudhomme||GK||RSr.||USC|
|Kaitlyn Johnson||F||Sr.||Washington State|
Honorable Mention: Jordan DiBiasi (STAN, So., M); Marissa Everett (ORE, So., F); Nikki Faris (OSU, Jr., F); Katie Johnson (USC, RSr., F); Hailie Mace (UCLA, So., D); Tegan McGrady (STAN, So., F); Shannon Simon (WASH, Jr., F); Gabi Stoian (ARIZ, Jr., F).
|Morgan Weaver||F||Washington State|
PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Andi Sullivan, Stanford
PAC-12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Mandy Freeman, USC
PAC-12 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Taylor Kornieck, Colorado
PAC-12 GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR: Sammy Jo Prudhomme, USC
PAC-12 COACH OF THE YEAR: Paul Ratcliffe, Stanford
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