SAN BRUNO, Calif. - After another strong women's soccer season, three West Coast Conference student-athletes captured NSCAA All-America honors as announced by the organization on Friday. Pepperdine's Lynn Williams (first team) headlined the group, while 2014 WCC Co-Players of the Year Ashley Hatch (BYU) and Sofia Huerta (Santa Clara) each earned third team accolades.
This marks the sixth straight season at least three WCC student-athletes have earned selection to the NSCAA All-America list. Since 1992, 91 have captured All-American distinction.
LYNN WILLIAMS, SR., F - PEPPERDINE (FIRST TEAM)
Lynn Williams made more history for Pepperdine, becoming the first Wave to ever earn NSCAA All-America First Team honors. It was Williams' first All-American nod and the third overall All-American award in program history, coming on the heels of a remarkable senior campaign in which the Waves' forward helped lead the team to a Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Williams led the Waves offensively this season scoring a team-best 14 goals and posting 10 assists. Her 14 scores are tied for the second most in Pepperdine history and her 10 helpers matched a Pepperdine single-season record. Williams also matched a Pepperdine record with five game-winning goals and set a single-season record with 130 shots. Her 38 total points were 17th in the country and were second in both the conference and in Pepperdine history.
She was named WCC Player of the Week three times and took home her third All-WCC first team honor this year. Williams has earned NSCAA All-West Region honors each of her four seasons at Pepperdine, snagging her third-straight first-team award this season. She is also a semifinalist for the prestigious MAC Hermann award, given to the top collegiate soccer player each year.
ASHLEY HATCH, SO., F - BYU (THIRD TEAM)
Sophomore forward Ashley Hatch led the West Coast Conference in goals with 18 and added six assists in 21 games as she was named WCC Co-Player of the Year and named to the All-West Region First Team. She is currently ninth in the nation in goals per game and 10th in points per game. Hatch had a historical season for BYU as she recorded the first hat trick at BYU since 2005 and set the program record for shots in a game when she took 15 against Saint Mary's. Hatch's five games with multiple goals this season trails only career goals leader Shauna Rohbock for multi-goal games in a season.
This is the 10th consecutive season with a Cougar on one of the three All-America teams as voted on by the NSCAA and Hatch is the 11th Cougar to earn NSCAA All-America honors. Pepperdine's Lynn Williams earned All-America First Team honors, while Santa Clara's Sofia Huerta also earned third team honors.
SOFIA HUERTA, SR., F - SANTA CLARA (THIRD TEAM)
For the second time in as many years, Sofia Huerta of Santa Clara women's soccer has been honored on the 2014 NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Women's All-America Team.
Huerta ranked second in the conference with 17 goals and 37 points. She attempted 94 shots and 49 on goal while scoring a WCC-best six game-winners. She accounted for over 50% of the Broncos goals this year.