Seven Pac-10 Women's Soccer Players Earn 2010 NSCAA All-America Honors
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Seven Pac-10 women's soccer players were named National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Subaru Women's Division I All-Americans, it was announced today. Three players were named to the first team and four players were named to the third team. STANFORD led the way with three selections, UCLA added two and CALIFORNIA and OREGON STATE had one apiece.
Stanford senior forward Christen Press, junior midfielder Teresa Noyola and CALIFORNIA senior Alex Morgan earned first team honors. UCLA senior defender Lauren Barnes, junior forward Sydney Leroux, Oregon State junior goalkeeper Colleen Boyd and Stanford sophomore defender/forward Courtney Verloo represented the Pac-10 on the third team.
Press was one of nine repeat selections from 2009. The Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., native and Pac-10 Player of the Year leads the nation with 60 points, 2.50 points per game and 26 goals. The 26 goals ties the Cardinal single-season scoring record. Press is joined on the first team by teammate junior midfielder Teresa Noyola, a 2008 NSCAA All-American selection. The Palo Alto, Calif., native is tied for second on the squad with 10 goals on the season and leads the Cardinal with 12 assists. Both are looking to lead Stanford to its first national title as the NCAA Women's College Cup kicks off today.
Rounding out the first team selections is California forward Alex Morgan. A native of Diamond Bar, Calif., Morgan led the Golden Bears with 12 goals and has stepped up to become an integral part of the U.S. National Team. This is Morgan's first NSCAA All-American honor.
UCLA junior forward Sydney Leroux makes her second-straight appearance on the NSCAA All-America third team squad. Leroux led the Bruins with 13 goals this season. She is joined by senior defender teammate Lauren Barnes, earning her first NSCAA All-American honor. The versatile Upland, Calif., native anchored a strong UCLA defense, which allowed opponents only 8.7 shots per game. She also countered with five goals, good for second-best on the team.
Oregon State goalkeeper Colleen Boyd, a third-team selection, earns her first-career NSCAA All-America honor as she led the Beavers to a historic season, finishing with a program-best record of 16-4-1. The La Canada, Calif., native holds the 13th-best goals against average nationally at .561.
Rounding out the Pac-10 third teamers is Stanford sophomore defender/forward Courtney Verloo. A native of Tualatin, Ore., she was a scoring threat last season as a freshman for the Cardinal. However, Verloo was asked to anchor the defense this season and has adapted to the position extremely well. It is in part because of her strong defensive play that Stanford owns a .583 shutout percentage, good for eighth-best nationally, as it begins NCAA College Cup play today.
All the players will be honored at the annual All-America Luncheon, to be held at the Hilton Baltimore Hotel on Saturday, Jan. 15, as part of the 2011 NSCAA Convention.