WCC Announces 2017 Women’s Soccer All-Conference Team

Nov. 7, 2017


SAN BRUNO, Calif. – West Coast Conference regular season champion Pepperdine claimed four of five major awards, and the Waves combined with fellow NCAA Postseason team Santa Clara for 11 of 22 total spots on the 2017 All-WCC first and second teams, the conference office announced Tuesday.

Pepperdine’s Bri Visalli earns WCC Player of the Year honors, ending a streak of three consecutive seasons that the award has gone to a BYU student-athlete. Teammate Hailey Harbison was honored as the WCC Defensive Player of the Year and Brielle Preece was tabbed the WCC Goalkeeper of the Year, the second-consecutive season that a Wave has earned the honor. Santa Clara’s Kelsey Turnbow makes it two straight years that a Bronco has been selected as the WCC Freshman of the Year.

Pepperdine’s Tim Ward collected WCC Coach of the Year honors for the fourth time in the last seven seasons – including the second consecutive – after leading the Waves to the WCC regular season title.

All five individual awards - including the all-conference teams - were voted on solely by the WCC's 10 head coaches. 

Visalli becomes the first Pepperdine Wave to earn the conference’s top honor after being selected for the Player of the Year award in a season that saw her lead the Waves to the WCC title. Visalli led the WCC in points (22), goals (9) and game-winning goals (4), and she finished second in assists (4) to lead the Waves to an unbeaten record. The senior was a terror for WCC defenses throughout the season, averaging a league-best 4.89 shots per game. She had three multi-goal games in nine WCC contests, including a league-best seven-point outing against Gonzaga when she contributed a hat trick. She finished 2017 as one of only two student-athletes in the WCC to register at least 1.00 goals per game played.

Harbison was named Defensive Player of the Year in a season that saw her play all 19 games for a Waves team that finished the season as the third-ranked defensive unit in the country with a goals against average (.310). In conference play, Pepperdine led the league in goals allowed (1), goals against average (0.11) and shutouts (8). The junior defender also added two assists on the year.

Preece was named the Goalkeeper of the Year in a season that saw her lead the WCC with a record 0.11 goals against average after allowing only one goal in 830 minutes played. She posted the top save percentage in the league at .964 and collected a total of 27 saves on the year against conference opponents. Preece finished with four shutouts more than her closest competitor with eight clean sheets in nine conference games.

Turnbow becomes the second-consecutive Bronco to be named the Freshman of the Year after teammate Gudrun Arnardottir picked up the award last season. Turnbow is the 10th Bronco to be named the WCC Freshman of the Year and the fifth of that group to be a forward. She took the league by storm in her first season, leading the WCC in goals (9) and game-winning goals (4) while finishing second in points (21) in conference games. Turnbow, who registered three multi-goal games in nine WCC contests – including a hat trick against Saint Mary’s – finished 2017 alongside Visalli as one of only two student-athletes in the WCC to register at least 1.00 goals per game played.  

Ward guided the Waves to the WCC regular season title with an unbeaten 8-0-1 conference record, earning the league’s automatic bid for the second consecutive season. His team rattled off an eight-game winning streak to begin conference play and outscored conference opponents 45-6. The Waves were initially picked to finish third in the league in the preseason poll.

Player of the Year: Bri Visalli, Pepperdine
Defensive Player of the Year:
Hailey Harbison, Pepperdine
Goalkeeper of the Year: Brielle Preece, Pepperdine
Freshman of the Year:
Kelsey Turnbow, Santa Clara
Coach of the Year: Tim Ward, Pepperdine

2017 ALL-WCC WOMEN’S SOCCER FIRST TEAM

Name

Institution

Yr.

Pos.

Hannah Diaz

Saint Mary’s

Sr.

F

Julie Doyle

Santa Clara

Fr.

F

Hailey Harbison

Pepperdine

Jr.

D

Alex Hussar

Pacific

Sr.

F

Taylor Isom

Brigham Young

Sr.

D

Summer Mason

San Diego

Jr.

F

Madie Mathews

Brigham Young

Sr.

F

Brielle Preece

Pepperdine

Jr.

GK

Kelsey Turnbow

Santa Clara

Fr.

F

Emma Tyrnauer

Loyola Marymount

Jr.

M/D

Bri Visalli

Pepperdine

Sr.

M

2017 ALL-WCC WOMEN’S SOCCER SECOND TEAM

Name

Institution

Yr.

Pos.

Joelle Anderson

Pepperdine

Fr.

F/M

Sonja Giraud

San Francisco

Sr.

F

Maddy Gonzales

Santa Clara

Soph.

F

Madeline Gotta

Gonzaga

Soph.

D

Meagan Harbison

Pepperdine

Sr.

M

Kimberly Hazlett

Portland

Soph.

F

Alexa Loera

Santa Clara

Fr.

M

Tara Meier

San Diego

Sr.

D

Amber Michel

San Diego

Soph.

GK

Tina Settles

Pepperdine

Jr.

M

Jamie Van Horn

Pepperdine

Sr.

D

 

2017 WCC WOMEN’S SOCCER HONORABLE MENTION

Gudrun Arnardottir, Santa Clara; Mikayla Colohan, BYU; Shelby Cormier, Loyola Marymount; Nadia Gomes, BYU; India Jencks, Gonzaga; Samantha Jehnings, San Francisco; Rachel Lusby, Portland; Miciah Madison, San Francisco; Charlee Pruitt, Loyola Marymount; Heather Seybert, Saint Mary’s; Autumn Smithers, San Francisco; Bryndis Run Thorolfsdottir, Pacific;

 

2017 ALL-WCC WOMEN’S SOCCER FRESHMAN TEAM

Name

Institution

Yr.

Pos.

Joelle Anderson

Pepperdine

Fr.

F

Mikayla Colohan

Brigham Young

Fr.

M

Natalie Copenhaver

San Diego

Fr.

D

Julie Doyle

Santa Clara

Fr.

F

Kelsey Hill

Saint Mary’s

Fr.

D

Alexa Loera

Santa Clara

Fr.

M

Calista Reyes

Pepperdine

Fr.

F

Skylar Robledo

Loyola Marymount

Fr.

F

Jordan Thompson

Gonzaga

Fr.

D

Bryndís Rún Thórólfsdóttir

Pacific

Fr.

M

Kelsey Turnbow

Santa Clara

Fr.

F

 


 

 

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