Nov. 13, 2003
Walnut Creek, Calif. - UCLA senior women' soccer player Nandi Pryce was named Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year, while head coach Jillian Ellis was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Conference Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Thursday.
Pryce, a defender from Casselberry, Fla., has played in all 20 matches for No. 2 UCLA, starting 19. She is a leader on a Bruin defense that ranks 17th nationally in shutout percentage (0.61) and 25th in goals against average (0.76). She has helped UCLA rank No. 1 in the Pac-10 in shutouts (11), goals allowed (16), and goals against average (0.76). Pryce, who becomes the Bruins' third Pac-10 Player of the year following Traci Arkenberg (1997) and Tracey Milburn (2000), has tallied three points on the year.
It is the first Pac-10 Coach of the Year honor for Ellis, who helped guide the Bruins to a 16-1-3 regular-season record in 2003. She recently led the Bruins to their fourth Pac-10 title (second during her tenure), finishing 8-0-1 in conference play. Ellis was named NSCAA/adidas National Coach of the Year back in 2000 after leading UCLA to the NCAA Final.
2003 PAC-10 All-Conference Women's Soccer Teams
FIRST TEAM Name Pos. Yr. School Tina Frimpong F Jr. WASH Allyson Marquand** MF Sr. STAN Nandi Pryce** D Sr. UCLA Iris Mora* F So. UCLA Amy LePeilbet** D Sr. ASU Kim Yokers** MF Sr. CAL Candice Wilks F Jr. ARIZ Whitney Jones* MF Sr. UCLA Sarah-Gayle Swanson** F Sr. UCLA Megan Abbamonto** MF Sr. USC Nicole Barnhart* GK Jr. STAN*two-time All-Pac-10 honoree **three-time All-Pac-10 honoree
SECOND TEAM Name Pos. Yr. School Nicole Garbin MF So. ORE Manya Makoski* MF So. ASU Melissa Bennett* F Sr. UW Tessa Baker F So. OSU Natalie Spilger D Sr. STAN Jill Oakes* MF So. UCLA Stephanie Ebner D So. ASU Lindsey Peeples D Jr. ARIZ Brittany Cooper MF So. ASU Ashley Valenzuela MF Sr. CAL Julie Peterson GK Jr. USC
Rosa Anna Tantillo (USC, Fr., F); Mariette Boyce (WSU, Sr., D); Stacey Mescher (OSU, So., F); Hayley Hunt (STAN, So., D); Nadia Al-Lami (CAL, Fr., D); Mallory Miller (ARIZ, So., MF); Liz Bogus* (ASU, So., F); Alisan Pabon (STAN, Sr., D); Kim Taylor* (UW, So., F); Nikki Goza (USC, Jr., D); Katie Hultin (WSU, So., GK).