WCC Announces 2015 Women's Soccer All-Conference Team

2015 Women's Soccer All-WCC Team

November 10, 2015

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- For the seventh consecutive season, at least three West Coast Conference teams have advanced to the NCAA Postseason and all were well represented on the 2015 All-WCC teams. No. 13 BYU, the 2015 WCC Champions, Loyola Marymount and No. 15 Santa Clara combined for 11 of 24 total spots on the first and second teams. 

BYU's Nadia Gomes became the second straight Cougar sophomore striker to earn WCC Player of the Year honors, following 2015 MAAC Hermann Award Watch list selection Ashley Hatch. San Francisco junior defender Ali Schaffer and Loyola Marymount senior defender Callie Taylor shared Co-Defender of the Year accolades. BYU junior Rachel Boaz was tabbed as the Goalkeeper of the Year, while Pepperdine midfielder Christina Settles was selected as the Freshman of the Year.

Loyola Marymount's Michelle Myers collected WCC Coach of the Year honors, becoming the first top Lion to win the award. All five individual awards - including the all-conference teams - were voted on solely by the WCC's 10 head coaches. 

Gomes is the third Cougar in four seasons to take home WCC Player of the Year honors, joining Hatch (2014) and Lindi Lisonbee Cutshall (2012). Gomes (7 goals, 14 points) led the league in most offensive categories, including goals, points and shots (41/4.56) during WCC contests. Gomes finished the 2015 regular season with a league-high 21 points (9 goals), including a conference-leading five game-winners. 

Boaz was the final line of defense for an extremely stingy Cougar defensive unit, which posted a miniscule 0.36 GAA in 19 overall matches, 0.43 during conference play. The junior posted a 0.36 GAA with 24 saves and 4.2 shutouts in WCC matches and did not allow a single goal at home in 2015. The Goalkeeper of the Year award was instituted in 2011 and Boaz is the second Cougar to capture it, after Erica Owens secured back-to-back honors from 2012-13. 

Schaffer and Taylor are the first two honorees to share Defensive Player of the Year honors. Schaffer represents the first major individual award collected by San Francisco in program history. The junior helped the Dons post a 0.72 overall GAA with a school-record 10 shutouts. Taylor is the third Lion named top defender and the first since Joslyn Slovek accomplished the feat in 2006. 

A Wave has captured top freshman honors in three of the last five seasons and Settles is the second consecutive honoree from Pepperdine, joining teammate Hailey Harbison. Settles is the fourth Wave to capture Freshman of the Year honors and tallied a pair of league goals, including a game-winner during her debut season in Malibu. 

Myers guided a LMU squad picked seventh in the preseason coaches poll to the program's third NCAA berth and first since 2006. The Lions (13-5-1, 7-2 WCC) established program records for overall and conference victories and were in contention for the WCC Championship on the final day of the regular season. 

A perennial multi-bid conference, BYU, Loyola Marymount and Santa Clara will all represent the West Coast Conference in the 2015 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship, starting Saturday, November 14. The Cougars make their fourth straight NCAA postseason trip as a WCC member and 17th overall, the Lions prepare for their third foray into the tournament while the Broncos ready for their 25th all-time berth. 

In all, the West Coast Conference has made 78 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 hardware in 2001. 

2015 WEST COAST CONFERENCE MAJOR INDIVIDUAL HONORS

2015 West Coast Conference Coach of the Year

Michelle Myers, Loyola Marymount

2015 West Coast Conference Player of the Year

Nadia Gomes, BYU

2015 West Coast Conference Co-Defenders of the Year

Ali Schaffer, San Francisco and Callie Taylor, Loyola Marymount

2015 West Coast Conference Goalkeeper of the Year

Rachel Boaz, BYU

2015 West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year

Christina Settles, Pepperdine 

2015 All-WCC Women's Soccer First Team

Name

Yr.

Pos.

School

Jocelyn Blankenship

Sr.

M

Loyola Marymount

Hannah Diaz

So.

D

Saint Mary's

Nadia Gomes

So.

F

BYU

Morgan Hilby

Sr.

F

Loyola Marymount

Elena Medeiros

Jr.

M

BYU

Michele Murphy Vasconcelos

Jr.

M

BYU

Jessica Nakae

Jr.

M

San Francisco

Madalyn Schiffel

Sr.

GK

San Francisco

Julie Vass

Jr.

M

Santa Clara

Bri Visalli

So.

M

Pepperdine

Dani Weatherholt

Sr.

M

Santa Clara 

2015 All-WCC Women's Soccer Second Team

Name

Yr.

Pos.

School

Jacqueline Altschuld

Jr.

M

San Diego

Karley Baggerly

Jr.

F

Gonzaga

Rachel Boaz

Jr.

GK

BYU

Ellie Boon

Jr.

D

Portland

Hailey Harbison

So.

D/F

Pepperdine

Noelle La Prevotte

Sr.

F

Portland

Kellie Peay

So.

D

Santa Clara

Bizzy Phillips

So.

M

BYU

Ali Schaffer

Jr.

D

San Francisco

Callie Taylor

Sr.

D

Loyola Marymount

Allison Wetherington

Jr.

M

Portland

 

 

 

 

2015 WCC Women's Soccer Honorable Mention

Alex Alugas, San Francisco; Rylee Baisden, Pepperdine; Taylor Campbell Isom, BYU; Michelle Craft, San Diego; Samantha Dion, Saint Mary's; Alex Hussar, Pacific; Samantha Jehnings, San Francisco; Shannon Kent, Loyola Marymount; Aliyah Miller, Gonzaga;  Sarah Sanger, Loyola Marymount; Christina Settles, Pepperdine; Andi Tostanoski, Santa Clara; Victoria Walker, San Diego; Amanda Whittle, San Francisco 

2015 All-WCC Women's Soccer Freshman Team

Name

Pos.

School

Kendall Bietsch

D

Pacific

Julianne De Armas

F

San Diego

Janae Gonzalez

F

Santa Clara

Jazmin Jackmon

D

Santa Clara

Samantha Jehnings

F

San Francisco

Cecilia Pedersen

F

Portland

Charlee Pruitt

GK

Loyola Marymount

Gabbie Sanfillippo

D

Loyola Marymount

Christina Settles

M

Pepperdine

Madie Siddoway

M

BYU

Emma Tynauer

M

Loyola Marymount

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