Nov. 8, 2011
SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- After sharing the 2011 West Coast Conference title, Pepperdine and San Diego each claimed two WCC individual accolades. San Diego senior Stephanie Ochs is the WCC Player of the Year, and teammate Natalie Garcia is the Defensive Player of the Year. Pepperdine's Lynn Williams is the Freshman of the Year, while Tim Ward was recognized by his peers as the Coach of the Year. Santa Clara senior Bianca Henninger was named the inaugural West Coast Conference Goalkeeper of the Year.
Ochs becomes the first San Diego player to be recognized as the WCC Player of the Year. The Toreros reeled off seven straight conference wins to earn a share of the 2011 WCC championship for the first time in school history. Ochs tied for the conference lead with 13 points during WCC play, while leading the West Coast Conference with nine assists in eight conference matches. For the season, Ochs scored eight goals and registered 11 assists.
Ochs' teammate Natale Garcia was named the WCC Defensive Player of the Year by the league's nine head coaches. The senior becomes the third San Diego player to win the award, joining Brittany Cameron (2008) and Dawn Birdsall (1995) as Defensive Player of the Year honorees. Garcia and the Toreros defense allowed just four goals during conference play, while posting four WCC shutouts - including three straight to end the season.
Santa Clara's Bianca Henninger is the first West Coast Conference Goalkeeper of the Year. Henninger made 26 saves during conference play, posting a pair of shutouts. A leader on the field for the Broncos, Henninger helped her team to a 13-2-5 record while posting a 0.65 goals against average for the season.
Lynn Williams is the first Pepperdine player to be named WCC Freshman of the Year since Lacey Ubaldi in 2000. Williams burst onto the scene in 2011, scoring six goals and dishing out eight assists in her debut season while helping the Waves to their first WCC crown in nearly a decade and their first postseason berth in six years.
After leading his squad to its first WCC title since 2002 and first NCAA berth since 2005, Tim Ward was named the WCC Coach of the Year. Under Ward's guidance, Pepperdine posted a 15-1-4 record in 2011, earning a No. 8 national ranking and the WCC's automatic NCAA berth. It is the second Coach of the Year honor for Ward, who also captured that award in 2002.
For the first time since 2005, four West Coast Conference teams will compete for the Women's Soccer College Cup. Pepperdine, Portland, San Diego, and Santa Clara will all compete in the 2011 NCAA Tournament, which begins on Friday. The West Coast Conference has been represented 19 times in the Final Four, and has produced three national champions.
2011 West Coast Conference Player of the Year
Stephanie Ochs, Sr., F, San Diego
2011 West Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year
Natalie Garcia, Sr., San Diego
2011 West Coast Conference Goalkeeper of the Year
Bianca Henninger, Sr., Santa Clara
2011 West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year
Lynn Williams, F, Pepperdine
2011 West Coast Conference Coach of the Year
Tim Ward, Pepperdine
2011 ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM
|Natalie Garcia||Sr.||D||San Diego|
|Bianca Henninger||Sr.||GK||Santa Clara|
|Sofia Huerta||Fr.||F||Santa Clara|
|Julie Johnston||So.||M||Santa Clara|
|Elissa Magracia||Sr.||M||San Diego|
|Jordan Marada||So.||M||Saint Mary's|
|Stephanie Ochs||Sr.||F||San Diego|
2011 ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM
|Etajha Gilmer||So.||D||Loyola Marymount|
|Christina Moberg||So.||F||San Francisco|
|Courtney Parsons||Sr.||GK||San Diego|
|Ellie Rice||So.||D||Santa Clara|
|Meleana Shim||So.||M||Santa Clara|
2011 ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION
Taylor Brooke (Portland); Kaila Cameli (Portland); Cloee Colohan (Portland); Kristin DeGrandmont (Pepperdine); Karissa Garcia (Pepperdine); Anisa Guajardo (Pepperdine); Colette Jepson (BYU); Caroline Kreuz (Saint Mary's); Rachel Manning (BYU); Tawni Martino (Loyola Marymount); Bridgett Miller (Santa Clara); Meghan O'Rourke (San Diego); Michelle Olivier (Portland); McKinzie Olson (BYU); Daelyn Paul (Saint Mary's); Dani Russell (San Diego); Victoria Shimkus (Saint Mary's); Myriah Stockman (Pepperdine); Christina Tognetti (Saint Mary's); Erika Wesley (San Diego)
2011 ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE FRESHMAN TEAM
|Mariah Butera||F||San Diego|
|Sofia Huerta||F||Santa Clara|
|Alyssa Kleiner||D||Santa Clara|
|Mackenzie Krieser||F||San Francisco|
|Jaciara Mello||M||San Francisco|
|Meghan O'Rourke||M||San Diego|
|Victoria Shimkus||M||Saint Mary's|