Big West With 9 Players Named To United Soccer Coaches Women's All-West Region
2017 United Soccer Coaches All-Region
A total of 9 Big West players were honored on the 2017 United Soccer Coaches Women’s Division I All-West Region Team for their standout performances this season as announced, Tuesday.
Six Big West programs appeared on the list including representatives from regular season champion UC Irvine and Big West Tournament champion Cal State Fullerton in addition to Cal Poly, CSUN, Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara.
The West Region is comprised of schools from the Big West, West Coast and Western Athletic conferences.
Regular season defending champion, UC Irvine, led the way and placed Midfielder of the Year Kiana Palacios, on the first team.
Palacios netted six goals, a figure that tied for third-best in league, while adding four assists and 16 points. The senior received Player of the Week honors for the first time in her career and helped the Anteaters to a 10-5-4 overall mark en route to their first regular season title since 2011. The midfielder posted three game-winning goals, the second most in the Big West and was key in UCI’s offense that recorded 27 collective scores.
All-West second team honorees included Long Beach State’s Kaitlin Fregulia, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year. The sophomore recorded two goals and two assists for four points while adding two game-winning scores. Starting 14 contests in the regular season, the second year helped contribute to LBSU’s league fourth-best 1.11 goals against average.
CSUN placed senior defender Lindsay Kutscher on the second team after helping the Matadors to a 9-4-8 record and a Big West Tournament championship match appearance for just the second time in program history. The senior scored two goals and added an assist for five points.
Senior midfielder Megan Abutin represented Cal Poly on the second team, her second All-Region nod, she previously received third team honors in 2014. Abutin paced the Mustangs with six goals and added three assists.
Rounding out the second team honorees is Kaycee Hoover of Cal State Fullerton who helped lead the Titans to its fourth Big West Tournament title in five years. The senior scored five goals and assisted twice for 12 points. The Midfielder also put away two game-winning goals.
All-West third team honorees include Cal Poly’s Chelsea Barry, Fullerton’s Nano Oronoz and Sarah Fajnor, UC Santa Barbara’s Amanda Ball.