Pac-10 Announces Women's Soccer Awards and All-Conference Teams

Nov. 9, 2006

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - OREGON senior forward Nicole Garbin was named Pac-10 Player of the Year, UCLA foward Lauren Cheney was named Freshman of the Year and Oregon's Tara Erickson was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Garbin, a sixth-year senior from Wailuku, Hawaii, made the most of her final go-around with the Ducks, leading them to second place in the Pac-10 with a 6-1-2 Conference record. The Ducks had never finished higher than seventh in the Conference until this season, and Garbin deserves much of the credit. She tallied nine game-winning goals on the season (first in the Pac-10) out of Oregon's school-record 12 wins overall, and ranked at or near the top of nearly every offensive category: second in points (25) second in points per game (1.25), second in goals (12) and first in shots (84). In the regular season's final weekend, Garbin scored the game-winning goals in Oregon's upset win over Pac-10 Champion UCLA, and against NCAA Tournament team USC for the school's first ever sweep of the Los Angeles schools. She leaves the Oregon program having set a new standard for excellence and owns a myriad of records including career goals (34), game-winning goals (22), career points (83) and shots (257). Garbin was named Pac-10 Player of the Week a Conference record three times this season, and is the ony player in Conference history to win the weekly award on four different occasions. She is the first Oregon player to ever be named Player of the Year.

Cheney burst onto the scene after missing the season's first four games while playing for the US U-20 National Team. Despite playing only 16 games this season, Cheney led the Conference in scoring with 15 goals and 30 points. She finished the regular season ranked fourth in the nation in goals per game with 0.94. Cheney's shots per game average of 4.81 also led the Pac-10 and her seven game-winning goals was second-most. The high-powered Bruins led the Pac-10 in every offensive category, scoring 1.95 goals per match on their way to their fourth-straight Pac-10 title. Cheney becomes the first Bruin to win the award since Jessica Winton in 1999.

The Ducks had few believers at the start of the season, as they were picked to finish last in the preseason coaches poll. Yet they proved to be the great success story of the year, going 12-6-2 and 6-1-2 in the Pac-10 for a second-place finish. Oregon's overall and Conference win totals were both school records, and their runner-up showing was by far the best in program history, as no Oregon team had prevoiusly finished any higher than seventh. The Ducks handed Pac-10 Champion UCLA its only blemish with a 2-1 overtime win in the season's final weekend. Erickson also righted the ship after Oregon lost their first three matches and instead of succumbing to outsider expectations, the Ducks rallied to go 12-3-2 over the rest of the season. This is the first Coach of the Year award for Erickson, in just her second season at Oregon, and the first Coach of the Year award in Oregon history.

FIRST TEAM	Name	Pos.	Year	School	Danesha Adams*	F/MF	Jr.	UCLA	Kim Bingham	GK	Sr.	Arizona State	Rachel Buehler	D	Sr.	Stanford	Lauren Cheney	F	Fr.	UCLA	Gianna DeSaverio	F	So.	Arizona	Christina DiMartino	F/MF	So.	UCLA	Nicole Garbin	F	Sr.	Oregon	Kelley O'Hara	F	Fr.	Stanford	Shari Summers	MF	Sr.	Stanford	Rosa Anna Tantillo**	MF	Sr.	USC	Jodie Taylor**	F	Jr.	Oregon State

SECOND TEAM Name Pos. Year School Nadia Al-Lami MF Sr. California Dani Bridges MF Jr. Washington Carly Dobratz MF Fr. Washington State Allison Falk D So. Stanford Valerie Henderson GK Jr. UCLA Meagan Holmes D So. USC Courtney Hooker D Jr. California London King F So. Arizona Caroline Lea MF Jr. California Allison Scurich D Jr. Washington State Kristin Stannard MF Fr. Stanford Stacey Strong MF So. USC

*two-time All-Pac-10 honoree **three-time All-Pac-10 honoree

Marissa Abegg (STAN, So., D/MF); Brynn Bemis (WSU, Jr., GK); Claire Bodiya (ARIZ, Jr., D); Lauren Brown (USC, Jr., F); Bristyn Davis (UCLA, Sr., D/F); Erin Hardy (UCLA, So., D); Nkechi Kanu; Stacey Lindstrom (UCLA, Sr., MF); Nini Loucks (USC, So., F); Jenna Robison (WASH, So., MF); Danielle Sweeney (ORE, Fr., MF); Dylann Tharp (ORE, Jr., D).

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAMName	Pos.	SchoolJacqueline Broussard	MF	ArizonaLauren Cheney	F	UCLACarly Dobratz	MF	Washington StateAlicia Jenkins	F	StanfordKristine Larson	MF	UCLAKelly Menachof	MF	CaliforniaNikki Murray	D	WashingtonKelley O'Hara	F	StanfordAli Riley	F	StanfordKristin Stannard	MF	StanfordDanielle Sweeney	MF	Oregon

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