Soccer Lands Four First Team All-WAC Selections; Five Overall
Nov. 2, 2005
FRESNO, Calif.- Four Bulldog student-athletes were named to the 2005 All-WAC first team, matching a school record while junior defender Rochelle Jagdeo was also selected as the Defensive Player of the Year.
Senior Kortney Lewis and juniors Rochelle Jagdeo, Angie Larsen and Cortney Sobrero were all named to the first team, as Fresno State led conference squads with four first team honorees. The Bulldogs last placed four student-athletes on the first team during the team's 1999 NCAA Tournament campaign. Freshman Alison Sill was named to the second team, giving the Bulldogs a total of five selections overall, second-best in the WAC. Jagdeo lived up to her preseason billing, claiming Defensive Player of the Year honors.
The all-conference teams were announced at the 2005 WAC soccer tournament banquet on Wednesday night in Boise, Idaho. In addition, Hawai'i senior Natasha Kai was named the 2005 Player of the Year while San Jose State forward Liz Behlen was tabbed Freshman of the Year. Hawai'i head coach Pinsoom Tenzing earned Coach of the Year honors after leading the Rainbow Wahine to their first outright regular-season WAC title. Hawai'i led all teams with five total selections.
Lewis, one of five Bulldogs to start all 18 games, tied for the team lead in goals scored with five while leading the club in assists with five. Regarded as one of the most prolific offensive players in school history, she ranks second all-time in points (77), goals (29) and shots (173) and is third in assists (19). The other half of Fresno State's offense this year came from Sobrero, a 2004 All-WAC first team selection who also scored five goals. Sobrero established career-highs this season in shots (69) and shots on goal (30) while totaling 11 points.
Jagdeo anchored a Bulldog backline that allowed just five goals in WAC play. She helped solidify a last line of defense in front of goalkeeper Angie Larsen, who was impressive in her first season after transferring from West Valley College. Larsen has recorded six shutouts on the year, made 36 saves and posted a 0.67 GAA in 15 contests. Her record in goal stands at 5-5-2 and she sports a 0.16 GAA in WAC matches.
Sill, one of eight freshmen on the roster, scored two goals and tallied three assists for a total of seven points. She scored both of her goals in the first half against Nevada on Oct. 9 and chipped in with 24 shots.
Fresno State (7-9-2, 4-2-1 WAC) opens WAC Tournament play tomorrow at 11 a.m. against Utah State (7-8-4, 4-2-1 WAC). The Bulldogs are the No. 5 seed while the Aggies are the No. 4 seed.
All-WAC First Team F Liz Behlen, Fr., San Jose State F Natasha Kai, Jr., Hawai`i F Cortney Sobrero, Jr., Fresno State F Charity Weston, Jr., Utah State MF Jessica Domingo, So., Hawai`i MF Nicole Irwin, So., San Jose State MF Kortney Lewis, Sr., Fresno State D Rochelle Jagdeo, Jr., Fresno State D Elizabeth Masson, Sr., Utah State D Koren Takeyama, So., Hawai`i GK Angie Larsen, Jr., Fresno State