Pac-10 Women's Soccer All-Conference Honors
Nov. 15, 2007
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - UCLA sophomore forward Lauren Cheney was named Pac-10 Player of the Year, STANFORD midfielder/forward Christen Press was named Freshman of the Year and UCLA's Jillian Ellis was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE YEAR -- LAUREN CHENEY, UCLA
Cheney, a 5-10 sophomore forward from Indianapolis, Ind., becomes the fourth UCLA player to garner Player of the Year honors, and the first since Nandi Pryce (2003). Having helped guide her team to a fifth-straight Pac-10 championship and a 16-1-2 overall record, Cheney leads the Conference in points (20), goals (20) and assists (9), while leading the nation in points per game (2.58) and ranking second in goals per game (1.053). Cheney tallied seven game-winning goals this season (first in the Pac-10) and set the single-game season-high by totaling eight points on four goals in a 6-0 win over Hawaii. A three-time Pac-10 Player of the Week honoree, Cheney became just the second player in Conference history to earn the accolade three times in a season. Having scored a goal in 13 of the Bruins' 19 matches this year, Cheney was recently named the Top Drawer Soccer National Player of the Year.
PAC-10 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR -- CHRISTEN PRESS, STANFORD
Press, a 5-7 forward from Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., becomes the third Stanford player to garner Freshman of the Year honors, and the first since Marcie Ward (2000). Having played in 18 games this season, she took 49 shots (2.72), scored six goals (0.33) and added five assists (0.28) to rank 10th in the Pac-10 in all three categories. Press, who helped guide her team to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and a 14-2-4 overall record, totaled 17 points through the regular season, good enough to rank seventh in the league.
PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR -- JILLIAN ELLIS, UCLA
With the unanimous No. 1 team in the nation, UCLA head coach Jillian Ellis earns her second Pac-10 Coach of the Year award, having won the honor in 2003, as well. The 2007 UCLA squad lost its first game of the season, but since then has rattled off 16 wins and two ties to remain unbeaten through its final 18 regular-season games. With a perfect 9-0-0 mark in Pac-10 games, UCLA clinched its fifth-straight Conference championship and the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. In addition, UCLA has become the first team in Pac-10 history to win five consecutive Pac-10 titles. Ellis, who is in her ninth year at the helm of the Bruin program, has guided her teams to five appearances in the NCAA College Cup, including four in a row from 2003-06.
Name, SchoolMarisa Abegg, StanfordDanesha Adams**, UCLARachel Buehler*, StanfordLauren Cheney*, UCLAKiersten Dallstream, Washington StateChristina DiMartino*, UCLAVal Henderson, UCLACourtney Hooker*, CaliforniaKelley O'Hara*, StanfordAlissa Oldenkamp, Arizona StateAshley Nick, USCJodie Taylor***, Oregon State
*two-time All-Pac-10 honoree
**three-time All-Pac-10 honoree
***four-time All-Pac-10 honoree
Name, SchoolBrooke Bemis, Washington StateCaitlin Hannegan, CaliforniaErin Hardy, UCLAKaity Heath, ArizonaKara Lang, UCLAKristin Olsen, USCChristen Press, StanfordAli Riley, StanfordAmy Rodriguez, USCShari Summers, StanfordDylann Tharp, Oregon
Valerie Barnes (CAL, Jr., F); Brynn Bemis (WSU, Sr., GK); Jacqueline Broussard (ARIZ, So., F); Carly Dobratz (WSU, So., MF); Allison Falk (STAN, Jr., D); Kasey Johnson (USC, Fr., D); London King (ARIZ, Jr., MF); Caroline Lea (CAL, Sr., MF); Alex Morgan (CAL, Fr., F); Megan Ohai (USC, Fr., MF); Allison Scurich (WSU, Sr., D); Kylie Wright (UCLA, Fr., MF).
Name, SchoolLauren Barnes, UCLAAlexandra Elston, Arizona StateMegan Jesolva, CaliforniaKasey Johnson, USCAllison McCann, StanfordAlex Morgan, CaliforniaMegan Ohai, USCChristen Press, StanfordAshli Sandoval, USCKylie Wright, UCLAJacqueline Zinke, Arizona