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Stanford women garners top Pac-12 soccer honors

 

Stanford is well-represented in All-Pac-12 selections with eight players earning all-conference honors, five freshman named to the All-Freshmen Team and three members winning individual awards.

Alana Cook was named the Pac-12 Freshman-Newcomer of the Year, marking the second consecutive season a Stanford player has won the award after Andi Sullivan did so a year ago. Cook established herself as one of the conference's elite defenders, utilizing her unique blend of skill, size, speed, intelligence and physicality to shut down opponents. She contributed offensively as well with three goals and an assist on the season.

Jane Campbell earned the first Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Year honor of her career after tying for the conference lead with fewest goals allowed (11) throughout the duration of the season. She led the conference with 15 victories in net and regularly made clutch saves to keep Stanford in games.

Head coach Paul Ratcliffe was named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year for the sixth time in his career. It is his first coach of the year honor since being recognized five consecutive years from 2008-12. He was named the Pac-12 Coach of the Century earlier this season by the conference.

Stanford led the conference with three All-Pac-12 First Team selections, including Sullivan, Haley Rosen and Campbell. It is the second first-team honor of Sullivan's career and the first for Campbell and Rosen. Campbell was a second-team representative in 2014.

Kyra Carusa, Maddie Bauer and Cook claimed All-Pac-12 Second Team recognition. Carusa had an outstanding debut season and tied for the team lead in goals (5) and game-winning goals (3). Bauer and Cook anchored the Stanford defense as center backs, holding opponents to just 11 goals on the season. The duo helped Stanford shut out 10 of its 19 opponents this season. It is the third consecutive second team honor for Bauer.

Michelle Xiao and Megan Turner were named All-Pac-12 Honorable Mentions – the first all-conference honors of their careers. Xiao was electrifying in her freshman campaign as a forward who constantly made runs down the sidelines and was a key generator of opportunities for the Cardinal. Turner gave Stanford quality minutes as one of the first players off the bench and has been instrumental in the success of the Cardinal's midfield.

The Cardinal represented half of the Pac-12 All-Freshmen Team, placing six players on the list of 12. Forwards Carusa and Xiao, midfielder Jordan DiBiasi and defenders Tegan McGrady and Cook each earned honors.

DiBiasi had a terrific season in the midfield for Stanford, scoring three goals with each being a game-winners – including two against top-25 teams in No. 9 BYU and No. 16 USC. McGrady established herself as one of Stanford's fastest and most dangerous outside backs, constantly making runs forward to get involved in the offense and using her speed to eliminate the oppositions' attack.

Stanford won its 10th Pac-12 title this season and earned one of four No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinal enters the postseason riding an 11-game unbeaten streak and is 13-1 in its past 14 matches.

The Cardinal will look to continue its momentum when it plays host to San Jose State on Friday at 7 p.m. (PT) in the NCAA Tournament First Round.

— Stanford Athletics

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Posted by Joel
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on Nov 18, 2015 at 11:34 am

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Congratulations to this fine array of soccer players and the coaches. Students and fan who supported these excellent athletes deserve some praise as well. Good luck in the tournament.


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