Sharts, Hopcroft Named United Soccer Coaches All-Pacific Region
KANSAS CITY — Colorado's Hannah Sharts and Shanade Hopcroft were named to the United Soccer Coaches All-Pacific Region on Tuesday. Sharts was a First Team selection, while Hopcroft was a named Second Team by the organization.
Sharts, a junior from Newbury Park, Calif., enjoyed her best season in the Black and Gold. She totaled four goals this season, helping provide a bulk of CU's early-season offense. Sharts recorded back-to-back game-winners against Northern Colorado and Weber State and added goals in CU's win at No. 10 California and Stanford. She finished second on the team with nine points, assisting on the game-winning goal at Utah.
The 5-11 defender led CU in minutes (1,574) this season and started every match. Sharts, a team captain this season, was a large presence on CU's youthful backline. She has helped the Buffs record eight total shutouts on the way to Colorado's 12th NCAA Tournament appearance.
This is just the latest accolade for Sharts in the 2021 spring season. She was earlier selected First Team All-Conference and was the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week (Feb. 15) and was named to Top Drawer Soccer's Team of the Week for April 13.
Hopcroft, a senior from Aylesbury, England, was a key contributor for the Buffs in her first season. The UCCS transfer started 16 games this season and closed third on the team with eight points (3 G, 2 A). Hopcroft picked up the game-winning goal at No. 10 California, to record her first tally as a Buff. Her penalty goal late in the game against No. 14 Southern California helped Colorado force overtime and eventually upset the Trojans. She came through in the clutch in CU's regular-season finale, registering an assist and the game-winning goal against the Utes. Hopcroft was also named Third Team All-Pac-12.
Colorado finished the season 9-6-2 and went unbeaten in four of its final five matches.