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BYU sophomore forward Ashley Hatch and Santa Clara senior forward Sofia Huerta captured co-WCC Player of the Year honors, while BYU senior defender Annie Amos collected Defender of the Year accolades. Santa Clara junior Andi Tostanoski was tabbed as the Goalkeeper of the Year, while Pepperdine defender Hailey Harbison was selected as the Freshman of the Year.
BYU's Jennifer Rockwood and Pepperdine's Tim Ward shared Coach of the Year honors. It marks the second accolade in the last three seasons for Rockwood and is the third overall honor for Ward. It is the first season two coaches have shared the honor since 2001. All five individual awards - including the all-conference teams - were voted on by the WCC's 10 head coaches.
Hatch is the second Cougar in three seasons to take home WCC Player of the Year honors and the first since Lindi Lisonbee Cutshall in 2012, while Huerta is the ninth Bronco. Huerta is the second Santa Clara student-athlete in a row to earn top player honors, following Julie Johnston. Hatch (11 goals, 25 points) and Huerta (8, 18) ranked first and second in league goals and points. Hatch finished 2014 with a league-high 42 points (18 goals), while Huerta tallied 37 (17 goals) in the regular season, including a league-best six game-winners. This season marks just the second time in league history the top player honor has been split, the first coming in 2000.
Tostanoski was the final line of defense for a stingy Bronco defensive unit, which posted a 0.87 GAA during conference play. The junior elevated her game during WCC action, posting a 0.89 GAA with 39 saves and a league-high four shutouts. During the season, Tostanoski owned a 1.06 GAA with 74 saves and shared the WCC lead in shutouts with eight. The Goalkeeper of the Year award was instituted in 2011 and Tostanoski is the second Bronco to capture it, after Bianca Henninger secured the inaugural honor.
Amos is the first Cougar named Defensive Player of the Year. Amos helped BYU to a 13-match unbeaten streak. During the string, BYU recorded eight shutouts, five coming during league action. The Cougars allowed a WCC-low eight goals during conference play.
Harbison is the third Wave to capture Freshman of the Year honors and the first since current teammate Lynn Williams was tabbed in 2011. Harbison made an immediate impact on a young backline, which allowed eight goals and posted three WCC shutouts. Harbison is the sister of Pepperdine sophomore and second team All-WCC selection Meagan Harbison.
Rockwood lifted BYU (13-4-3, 7-1-1 WCC) to a top-15 national ranking and a WCC-best 13-match winning streak, following a 1-3 start. The Cougars claimed their third straight WCC title in 2014. Ward guided a Pepperdine (15-2-3, 6-1-3) squad that was unranked in the preseason to a journey up the polls reaching a peak of No. 7. Pepperdine posted a nine-match unbeaten string.
A perennial multi-bid conference, BYU, Pepperdine and San Diego will all represent the WCC in the 2014 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship, starting Friday, November 14.
In all, the West Coast Conference has made 75 NCAA appearances, culminating in 19 Final Four trips and three national titles. Portland won the College Cup in 2002 and 2005, with Santa Clara winning the title in 2001.
2014 WEST COAST CONFERENCE MAJOR INDIVIDUAL HONORS
2014 West Coast Conference Co-Coaches of the Year
Jennifer Rockwood, BYU and Tim Ward, Pepperdine
2014 West Coast Conference Co-Players of the Year
Ashley Hatch, BYU and Sofia Huerta, Santa Clara
2014 West Coast Conference Defender of the Year
Annie Amos, BYU
2014 West Coast Conference Goalkeeper of the Year
Andi Tostanoski, Santa Clara
2014 West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year
Hailey Harbison, Pepperdine
2014 ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM
|Jacqueline Altschuld||So.||M||San Diego|
|Sofia Huerta||Sr.||F||Santa Clara|
|Jessica Nakae||So.||M||San Francisco|
|Andi Tostanoski||Jr.||GK||Santa Clara|
2014 ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM
|Brittany Ambrose||So.||F||Santa Clara|
|Jenni Benger||Sr.||D||Loyola Marymount|
|Jocelyn Blankenship||Jr.||M||Loyola Marymount|
|Samantha Dion||So.||M||Saint Mary's|
|Meghan O'Rourke||Sr.||D||San Diego|
|Nikki Pappalardo||Jr.||F||San Diego|
|Madalyn Schiffel||Jr.||GK||San Francisco|
2014 ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION
Karley Baggerly, Gonzaga; Ellie Boon, Portland; Mariah Butera, San Diego; Haley DeGrood, Portland; Hanna de Haan, Portland; Hailey Harbison, Pepperdine; Morgan Hilby, Loyola Marymount; Jenna Holtz, Santa Clara; Alex Hussar, Pacific; Jessica Imbrie, Saint Mary's; Taylor Isom, BYU; Shannon Kent, Loyola Marymount; Noelle LaPrevotte, Portland; Cassidy Lynch, Saint Mary's; Jaciara Mello, San Francisco; Aliyah Miller, Gonzaga; Katey Pennington, Gonzaga; Hannah Seabert, Pepperdine; Vicki Shimkus, Saint Mary's; Emily Sippel, Portland; Christie Tombari, Gonzaga; Jamie Van Horn, Pepperdine; Bri Visalli, Pepperdine; Dani Weatherholt, Santa Clara; Amanda Whittle, San Francisco
2014 ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE FRESHMAN TEAM
|Mia Costa||D||San Diego|
|Mariana Galvan||F||Santa Clara|
|Sonja Giraud||M||San Francisco|
|Jenna Holtz||F||Santa Clara|
|Tara Meier||D||San Diego|
|Sarah Sanger||F||Loyola Marymount|
|Jamie Van Horn||D||Pepperdine|