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Stanford's Sullivan is Pac-12 freshman of year in soccer

 

Andi Sullivan's seamless transition from the Under-20 World Cup to Stanford has been rewarded with the honor of being selected as the Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year for women's soccer.

Sullivan was one of three Cardinal players to be named to the first team, joined by seniors Lo'eau LaBonta, a midfielder, and Chioma Ubogagu, a forward. Sophomore goalkeeper Jane Campbell was named to the second team and junior midfielder Laura Liedle and sophomore defender/midfielder Stephanie Amack received honorable mention honors.

The selections were made by a vote of Pac-12 coaches.

Sullivan, who also was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman team, started the first match -- a 1-0 overtime victory at North Carolina -- only days after returning from captaining the United States at the U-20 World Cup in Canada.

Sullivan has started mostly as a holding midfielder and occasionally in central defense. She came to Stanford as the No. 1 recruit in the nation.

Ubogagu earned her second first-team selection and her fourth all-conference honor. She was a first-team choice as a sophomore, second team as a freshman and honorable mention as a junior. She is one of 10 Stanford players all-time to earn four all-conference honors, joining: Alina Garciamendez, Hayley Hunt, Camille Levin, Allyson Marquand, Mariah Nogueira, Rachel Quon, Kelley O'Hara, Christen Press, and Lindsay Taylor.

LaBonta leads Stanford with 11 goals and 25 points, with Ubogagu next with 7 goals and 6 assists for 20 points. LaBonta was a second-team choice last year and honorable mention as a sophomore.

Campbell receives her first All-Pac-12 honor. She has 12 shutouts and a 0.43 goals-against average.

Liedle, a standout at outside back and a three-year starter, also earns her first All-Pac-12 honor. Amack started most of the season at outside back, but recently has been playing in the midfield. This is her first all-conference honor, though both Liedle and Amack were former All-Freshman team selections.

Stanford (17-1-2) opens NCAA tournament play on Friday against visiting Cal State Fullerton (10-7-4) in a 7 p.m. match at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.

— Stanford Athletics

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