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Aozasa, Reale Named Pac-12 Coach, Defender of the Year

Nov 8, 2022

UCLA head coach Margueritte Aozasa and sophomore defender Lilly Reale lead a group of Bruins who were honored with Pac-12 Women's Soccer year-end awards. Aozasa was selected the conference Coach of the Year in her first season, and Reale was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.

The Bruins earned a total of eight All-Pac-12 honors and two All-Freshman awards. Reale, junior forward Reilyn Turner and sophomore defender Quincy McMahon were selected to the All-Pac-12 first team. Goalkeeper Lauren Brzykcy and midfielder Sunshine Fontes received second-team acclaim, and graduate forward Ally Cook, freshman midfielder Ally Lemos and graduate midfielder Maricarmen Reyes were named to the third team. Lemos and midfielder Sofia Cook received Pac-12 All-Freshman honors.

Aozasa, who is in her first year as a head coach after serving for seven years as a Stanford assistant coach, guided the Bruins to a No. 1 ranking for nine consecutive weeks following a pair of upset road wins at No. 2 Duke and No. 1 North Carolina on Sept. 1 and 4. Aozasa's Bruins compiled a 17-2 regular season record, the third-most wins in the nation this season. UCLA ranks first in the Pac-12 in goals scored (53), assists (50), shutouts (12) and goals against average (0.47) and ranks in the Top 5 nationally in goals against average, goals, assists, points and winning percentage. This is the sixth Pac-12 Coach of the Year honor bestowed upon a UCLA coach.

Reale, a member of the U.S. Under-20 National Team and native of Hingham, Mass., becomes just the second Bruin ever to win Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honors, joining World Cup champion Abby Dahlkemper, who won the award in 2014. Reale has started and played in 18 games, leading the Bruins to a conference-best 12 shutouts and a 0.45 goals against average this season. A two-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week, she has also contributed offensively, scoring one goal with one assist.

McMahon has started and played in 17 games and has been a force both defensively and offensively, contributing to 11 shutouts and totaling one goal and five assists for seven points. The Carmel, Ind. native was a Pac-12 All-Freshman honoree a year ago and earns her first selection to the all-conference team. She played in every game last season and ranked second on the team and sixth in the Pac-12 with seven assists. 

Turner, a native of Aliso Viejo, Calif., earns her third career all-conference nod, having been named to the second team as a sophomore and to the third team as a freshman, in addition to Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors. This season, Turner is tied for the team lead in goals scored with nine and ranks second in points with 21, giving her three-straight 20-point seasons. Selected to the Hermann Trophy Watch List, Turner ranks second in the nation in game-winning goals with six; half of those goals coming against Top 10-ranked teams (No. 1 North Carolina, No. 2 Duke and No. 9 Pepperdine).  

Brzykcy, who leads the Pac-12 in goals against average (0.53), wins (17) and save percentage (0.845), received her second consecutive second-team all-conference nod and the third of her career. In 2020, she was named the Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Year and a third-team All-American. The San Clemente, Calif. native was selected to the Hermann Trophy Watch List in each of the last two seasons and tied a Pac-12 record with eight career Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week awards. 

Fontes, from Pearl City, Hawaii, earned her first All-Pac-12 honor with a second-team selection. She was an All-Freshman honoree in 2020. This season, she leads the Bruins with 25 points and seven assists and is tied for the team lead in goals with nine. Fontes recorded her first career hat trick earlier this season, notching three goals in 48 minutes of action against CSUN on Aug. 25.

Ally Cook, a graduate transfer from Oregon and a Coto de Caza, Calif. native, was named to the All-Pac-12 third team for the second consecutive year. In her first year with the Bruin program, she has scored five goals, four coming in conference play. Her 12 points scored rank fifth on the team.

Lemos, who hails from Glendora, Calif., was honored as both a third-team All-Pac-12 honoree and an All-Freshman selection. Lemos is one of just two Bruin players to start in all 19 games, and she leads all Bruin field players in minutes played with 1,447. She ranks second on the team with six assists to go along with one goal.

Reyes, from Santa Ana, Calif., earns her first all-conference nod, being selected to the third team. The Mexican National Team member has played in 14 games with 13 starts this season, scoring four goals with three assists for 11 points.

Sofia Cook joined Lemos on the All-Freshman team. The Huntington Beach native is tied for third on the Bruin team in goals (six) and points scored (15). She has scored 10 of her 15 points in conference games. Cook has played in 18 games this season, making seven starts.
2022 Pac-12 Conference Awards
Forward of the Year: Nicole Douglas, Arizona State
Midfielder of the Year: Croix Bethune, USC
Defender of the Year: Lilly Reale, UCLA
Goalkeeper of the Year: Leah Freeman, Oregon
Freshman of the Year: Elise Evans, Stanford
Coach of the Year: Margueritte Aozasa, UCLA
All-Conference First Team
Simi Awujo, USC
Croix Bethune, USC
Maya Doms, Stanford
Nicole Douglas, Arizona State
Elise Evans, Stanford
Leah Freeman, Oregon
Simone Jackson, USC
Civana Kuhlmann, Colorado
Quincy McMahon, UCLA
Lilly Reale, UCLA
Reilyn Turner, UCLA
Summer Yates, Washington
All-Conference Second Team
Jasmine Aikey, Stanford
Lauren Brzykcy, UCLA
Zoe Burns, USC
Sydney Collins, California
Alexia Delgado, Arizona State
Margie Detrizio, Washington State
Sunshine Fontes, UCLA
Shae Holmes, Washington
Lumi Kostmayer, Stanford
Ayo Oke, California
Keely Roy, California
Kennedy Wesley, Stanford
All-Conference Third Team
Ryan Campbell, Stanford
Ally Cook, UCLA
Brooklyn Courtnall, USC
Hope Hisey, Arizona
Ally Lemos, UCLA
McKenna Martinez, Oregon State
Mykiaa Minniss, Washington State
Allie Montoya, Stanford
Pauline Nelles, Arizona State
Nicole Payne, USC
Maricarmen Reyes, UCLA
Eva Van Deursen, Arizona State
All-Freshman Team
Jasmine Aikey, Stanford
Samantha Baytosh, Arizona
Lily Boyden, Washington State
Kelsey Branson, Washington
Sofia Cook, UCLA
Elise Evans, Stanford
Juliauna Hayward, Colorado
Lumi Kostmayer, Stanford
Ally Lemos, UCLA
Allie Montoya, Stanford
Pauline Nelles, Arizona State
Ajanae Respass, Oregon