Big West With 13 Players Named to NSCAA Women's All-West Region
2014 NSCAA All-West Region
A total of 13 Big West players were honored on the 2014 NSCAA Women’s Division I All-West Region Team as presented by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Continental Tire for their noteworthy performances this season.
Six Big West schools appeared on the list including representatives from regular season and Big West Tournament champion, Cal State Fullerton, in addition to Long Beach State, UC Riverside, Cal Poly, UC Irvine and Hawai‘i.
The West Region is comprised of schools from the Big West, West Coast and Western Athletic conferences.
Following in the fashion of the Big West All-Conference individual awards, Long Beach State led the league with two first team selections in sophomore goalkeeper Ashton McKeown and senior defender Taylor Nelson.
McKeown led the conference in saves (91), shutouts (9) and minutes played (2,020) and ranks in the top 10 in the single-season program record book in every category. The second year owned an 8-6-5 overall record with a 4-2-2 mark in league. She also helped the 49ers to a league-best 0.80 goals against average while the Beach allowed the fewest goals at 18.
Nelson commanded the backfield for the 49ers this season, starting all 19 contests in her final collegiate campaign with one goal for two points. The senior helped her squad to the title match of the conference tournament while also contributing to LBSU’s league-best goals against average.
All-West Region second team honorees included Cal State Fullerton’s Morgan Batcheller, Christina Burkenroad and Rebecca Wilson, Long Beach State’s Mimi Rangel, UC Riverside’s Tyler Cunningham and Cal Poly’s Elise Krieghoff.
The 2014 season marked Krieghoff’s second All-West Region recognition.
Hawaii’s Storm Kenui, UC Irvine’s Cami Privett, Cal Poly’s Megan Abutin and Long Beach State’s Ashley Gonzales received third team honors.