Big West Reveals 2015 Women's Soccer All-Conference Team
Cal State Fullerton dominated the 2015 Big West Women’s Soccer All-Conference individual awards as four of the six recipients are Titans. Leading the pack was senior Rebecca Wilson who earned back-to-back Offensive Player of the Year honors for the first time in Fullerton history. Senior Morgan Batcheller earned Defender of the Year honors while senior teammate Christina Burkenroad was named Midfielder of the Year. Rounding out the awards for CSF was senior Jennifer Stuart as Goalkeeper of the Year. Mallory Hromatko represented UC Santa Barbara as she became the fourth Gaucho to be named Freshman of the Year. Coach Paul Stumpf, who brought home UCSB’s third regular season title in 2015, claimed Coach of the Year accolades.
Senior Rebecca Wilson (Placentia, Calif./El Dorado HS) became the first Titan in Fullerton history to be named Offensive Player of the Year in back-to-back campaigns after recording a league-high 18 goals and 41 points; both are figures that crack the conference’s all-time top 10 list. Wilson’s 18 goals are fourth-best in the nation while her 41 points tie for fourth-best across all DI programs. The senior went on a six-game scoring streak from Aug. 23 to Sept. 11 and recorded multiple scores in a single game four times this season, including the first hat trick recorded by a Titan in three years on Oct. 11. The senior is just the seventh player in Fullerton history to record at least seven points in a single game. Wilson has been named the Big West Offensive Player of the Week three times in her career including an honor in 2015.
Cal State Fullerton’s Morgan Batcheller (Carlsbad, Calif./Carlsbad HS) dominated the backfield starting all 18 contests with three goals and an assist for seven points. The senior helped Fullerton to a No. 3 seed in the conference tournament while contributing to the Titans’ league third-best 0.92 goals-against average. In her four years at CSF, the senior has started 77 games overall while starting in all contests her sophomore, junior and senior campaigns.
Cal State Fullerton’s Christina Burkenroad (San Diego, Calif./Mission Bay HS) received her first Big West Conference accolade with Midfielder of the Year honors this season, becoming the fourth Titan to receive the award. Burkenroad led the league in assists with 10 while recording 24 points, a figure that tied for third-best in conference. The midfielder’s 10 assists are second-best in Fullerton history in a single season while the figure ties for eighth-most in the Big West record book. The senior capped off the regular season with seven goals, the second-most netted by a Titan, and recorded two game-winners in CSF’s journey to the conference Tournament. Burkenroad helped the Titans to their third regular season title in four years and aided Fullerton in its record-setting open to the 2015 season with the best start in CSF history at 6-0-1.
Jennifer Stuart (Cave Creek, Ariz./Pinnacle HS) captured Goalkeeper of the Year honors and became the fourth Titan to earn the award while 2015 marks the sixth time Cal State Fullerton earned the distinction. The goalkeeper led the league with 12 wins while posting the second-best goals-against average at 0.71. The junior played 1275:23 minutes between the posts while allowing just 10 goals in 15 games played. Stuart started 15 matches for the Titans and recorded 52 saves. The junior was named Big West Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 26.
For the first time since 2007, a UC Santa Barbara representative received Freshman of the Year honors as Mallory Hromatko (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista HS) earned the distinction. The newcomer notched a league third-best nine goals to lead all Gauchos and added a league third-best six assists for 24 points. Her 24 points also tie for third-best among the league leaders. The freshman helped her team to five victories as her five game-winners paced UCSB and tied for fourth-best in league. Hromatko is the fourth Gaucho to win the award after honorees in 2001, 2005 and 2007.
In his 17th year at the helm for UC Santa Barbara, Paul Stumpf claimed his second Big West Coach of the Year award after leading his squad to its third regular season title and first in nine years (2004, 2006, 2015). With a 13-5-1 overall record and a 6-2-0 mark in Big West play, the Gauchos clinched the No. 2 seed in the Big West Tournament while sharing the conference crown with Cal State Fullerton and Long Beach State. Santa Barbara will make its seventh appearance in the conference tournament, seeking its first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2009. With 13 Ws in the regular season, Stumpf is the women’s soccer winningest coach in school history.
Cal State Fullerton led the way with four first-team all-conference recipients while Long Beach State and UC Riverside added three first-team selections. CSUN and Cal Poly both placed two on the first team while UC Santa Barbara rounded out the selections with a recipient of its own. Cal Poly’s Elise Krieghoff became a four-time first-team all-conference recipient while Morgan Batcheller and Mimi Rangel became three-time selections. Rebecca Wilson, Christina Burkenroad and UC Riverside’s Amber Marani earned first-team status for the second time in their careers.