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Big West Announces 2011 Women's Soccer All-Conference Team

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2011 Women's Soccer All-Conference Team


The 2011 Big West Women’s Soccer All-Conference Team featured recipients from the top four finishers in the regular season standings.  Long Beach State forward Nadia Link captured Offensive Player of the Year honors and teammate Shawna Gordon claimed Midfielder of the Year accolades.  UC Irvine’s CoCo Goodson earned her second straight Defensive Player of the Year award while teammate Cami Privett took home Freshman of the Year hardware.  In addition, Cal State Northridge junior Cynthia Jacobo was recognized as the Goalkeeper of the Year and MaryClaire Robinson of UC Davis was named the Coach of the Year.
Link (Rowland Heights, Calif./Walnut HS) led the Big West in goals (15), points (40) and game-winning goals (6) to join Kim Silos (2006) as Long Beach State recipients of the conference’s top offensive honor.  She also tied for the conference lead in assists with 10.  Link recorded either an assist or a goal in 14 of 21 matches, and she enjoyed one stretch in which she scored a goal in nine of 12 contests.  A prime force in helping Long Beach State set a single-season record for goals scored (46), the junior is the first 49er to reach double figure goals and assists in the same season since the program was reinstated in 1998.  In addition, Link’s 40 points rank fifth all-time in Big West single-season annals, while her 15 goals and 10 helpers are both tied for seventh in the record book.
Gordon (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Los Osos HS) continued a tradition of Long Beach State midfield dominance as a 49er has now won the award four times in the last eight years.  The senior directed the potent 49er offense and ranked fifth with 24 points on seven goals and 10 assists.  A three-time All-Big West First Team selection, Gordon’s 10 assists tie her for tops in the conference this season and seventh all-time in Big West single-season annals.  Gordon had one of the finest performances in league history as her four assists against Saint Mary’s on Sept. 23 ranked as the second-most for a single game.  She also had a game-winning assist in Long Beach State’s Big West Tournament title-clinching victory against UC Irvine.    
Goodson (Ramona, Calif./Texas) is the only repeat honoree for a major award as the top conference defender.  The senior anchored a UCI backline which tied for the Big West lead in fewest goals allowed (18) and helped the team to eight shutouts.  Goodson also contributed offensively with 11 points on three goals and five assists.  She tied for seventh in the Big West in assists, coming up big with a helper in each of UCI’s final three regular season games.  The Anteaters won all three games to clinch the conference regular season crown for the second year in a row.
Privett (Bakersfield, Calif./Frontier HS) is the first UC Irvine recipient of the Freshman of the Year award.  On a club with several weapons, she emerged to become UCI’s third-leading scorer with 14 points.  She posted five goals, including a game-winner back on Sept. 25 against upcoming NCAA Tournament first round opponent San Diego.  The economical Privett made the most of her opportunities as five of her nine shots on goal this season found the back of the net.
Jacobo (Arleta, Calif./Granada Hills HS) secured the second major award of her career after being named the league’s Freshman of the Year in 2009.  Recognized as this year’s premier goalkeeper, the junior started 18 games and compiled a 1.47 goals against average, 60 saves and a .698 save percentage.  Jacobo posted four shutouts, including against No. 22 Long Beach State in a 1-0 win on Oct. 14.
UC Davis experienced one of the best turnarounds of any program in Big West history under the watch of MaryClaire Robinson.  In her 20th year at the helm of the Aggie program, Robinson led the Aggies to an 11-7-1 overall record and a tie for third place in the Big West standings with a 4-3-1 mark.  The 11 victories, in addition to setting a Division I school record, represented a four-win improvement over the 2010 season.  Robinson guided her Aggies to their first Big West Tournament appearance despite being picked to finish eighth in the preseason coaches poll.
UC Irvine led all Big West schools with five first-team all-conference selections.  Long Beach State chipped in with three first-team recipients while fellow Big West Tournament participants Cal State Northridge and UC Davis had two apiece.  The first team consisted seven seniors, five juniors and one sophomore.  Long Beach State senior Shawna Gordon and UC Irvine senior Judy Christopher became three-time first-team all-conference honorees.  Nadia Link of Long Beach State, UC Irvine’s CoCo Goodson and Aisha Lott of UC Davis earned first-team status for the second time in their careers.
The complete 2011 All-Big West Women’s Soccer Team can be viewed by clicking on the link at the top of the page:


Player School Year Position Hometown
Heidi Farran Cal State Northridge Senior Forward San Pedro, Calif.
Lexi Kopf UC Irvine Senior Forward Sonora, Calif.
Natalia Ledezma UC Irvine Sophomore Forward La Mirada, Calif.
+Nadia Link Long Beach State Junior Forward Rowland Heights, Calif.
^Judy Christopher UC Irvine Senior Midfielder Ontario, Calif.
^Shawna Gordon Long Beach State Senior Midfielder Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Lisa Kemp UC Davis Senior Midfielder Eden Prairie, Minn.
Cici Kobinski Cal Poly Junior Midfielder Santa Clara, Calif.
Alex Balcer Long Beach State Junior Defender Tucson, Ariz.
Sarah Devine UC Irvine Junior Defender San Diego, Calif.
+CoCo Goodson UC Irvine Senior Defender Ramona, Calif.
+Aisha Lott UC Davis Senior Defender Milpitas, Calif.
Cynthia Jacobo Cal State Northridge Junior Goalkeeper Arleta, Calif.
Player School Year Position Hometown
Melissa Fernandez Cal State Northridge Junior Forward Granada Hills, Calif.
Ann Marie Tangorra Cal State Fullerton Junior Forward Arcadia, Calif.
Kristina Wavomba Pacific Senior Forward Encinitas, Calif.
Erin Ortega UC Santa Barbara Junior Midfielder Santa Clarita, Calif.
Cami Privett UC Irvine Freshman Midfielder Bakersfield, Calif.
Brielle Slepicoff Cal State Northridge Senior Midfielder Saugus, Calif.
Alex Topp Pacific Senior Midfielder San Diego, Calif.
Alyssa Benjamin UC Santa Barbara Senior Defender Petaluma, Calif.
Caitlin Mellano Cal State Fullerton Senior Defender Fullerton, Calif.
Jordan Nelson Long Beach State Junior Defender Garden Grove, Calif.
Katie Russ Cal State Northridge Junior Defender Canyon Country, Calif.
Kaitlyn Gustaves Long Beach State Senior Goalkeeper Long Beach, Calif.
Player School Year Position Hometown
Tiffany Gummow Cal Poly Senior Forward Los Gatos, Calif.
Nicole Hubbard Long Beach State Senior Forward Lakewood, Calif.
Allison Kelly UC Davis Junior Forward Sacramento, Calif.
Sara Lancaster Cal Poly Freshman Forward Reno, Nev.
Allie Barbara Cal State Northridge Senior Midfielder Chula Vista, Calif.
Angelica Figueroa Pacific Senior Midfielder Linden, Calif.
Deborah Musa UC Riverside Senior Midfielder La Verne, Calif.
Brittni Beeman Pacific Sophomore Defender San Diego, Calif.
Laura Hogan Pacific Senior Defender Poway, Calif.
Jennifer Randazzo UC Irvine Freshman Goalkeeper San Jose, Calif.
+Two-time All-Big West First Team selection
^ Three-time All-Big West First Team selection
2011 Big West Goalkeeper Of The Year
Cynthia Jacobo, Cal State Northridge
2011 Big West Offensive Player Of The Year
Nadia Link, Long Beach State
2011 Big West Midfielder Of The Year
Shawna Gordon, Long Beach State
2011 Big West Defensive Player Of The Year
CoCo Goodson, UC Irvine
2011 Big West Coach Of The Year
MaryClaire Robinson, UC Davis
2011 Big West Freshman Of The Year
Cami Privett, UC Irvine