Dec. 15, 2011
LOS ANGELES - Led by first-team selection Sydney Leroux, the Bruin women's soccer team had three players receive recognition in Soccer America's year-end awards announced on Thursday. In addition, UCLA had more players than any other school on the All-Freshman First Team.
Leroux, who was recently named an NSCAA All-American for the third year in a row, concluded a stellar four-year career for the Bruins in 2011. She led the team in scoring for the third-straight season, posting 16 goals and three assists for 35 points. The forward also led the Pac-12 in game-winning goals with eight. Leroux came in second in the voting for Pac-12 Player of the Year in 2011, landing a spot on the conference's first team. She finishes her college career ranked in the top 5 at UCLA in several offensive categories, including points (126 - 4th), goals (57 - 4th) and game-winning goals (23 - 4th). It marks the second year in a row that she has been chosen for Soccer America's MVP First Team.
Leroux's selection makes it 10 years in a row that UCLA has had at least one player named to Soccer America's MVP Team.
Two other Bruin players honored on Thursday were All-Freshman First-Team selections defender Abby Dahlkemper and midfielder Samantha Mewis. Dahlkemper was one of just five Bruin players to start all 21 matches this season. She was a leader on a back line that surrendered just 12 goals all season. The team also posted 13 shutouts, surrendering more than one goal on just two occasions. Dahlkemper's two assists on the season were key, as one came in a 1-0 win over Oregon State during the regular season, and another was in a 1-1 tie with San Diego in the NCAA Tournament. She recently earned third-team NSCAA All-America honors, becoming only the second freshman in UCLA history to be named an All-American.
Like Dahlkemper, Mewis also started all 21 matches for the Bruins in 2011. She ranked second only to Leroux in scoring, ending the season with 19 points on six goals and seven assists. Her seven assists tied for the team lead with Jenna Richmond. She had perhaps her best game of the season against cross-town rival USC, scoring a pair of goals in the team's 5-2 victory. She also had two goals in a 3-1 non-conference victory over Loyola Marymount.
MVPs First Team
GK Adrianna Franch, Oklahoma State, Jr.
D Natasha Anasi, Duke, Soph.
F Sarah Hagen, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Sr.
F Maya Hayes, Penn State, Soph.
F Sydney Leroux, UCLA, Sr.
D Cam Levin, Stanford, Sr.
F Tiffany McCarty, Florida State, Jr.
M Teresa Noyola, Stanford, Sr.
D Lizzy Simonin, Memphis, Sr.
F Katie Stengel, Wake Forest, Soph.
F Lindsay Taylor, Stanford, Sr.
All-Freshman First Team
GK Sabrina D'Angelo, South Carolina
M Morgan Brian, Virginia
M Dagny Brynjarsdottir, Florida State
F Kelly Cobb, Duke
D Abby Dahlkemper, UCLA
F Kelsey Haycook, La Salle
M Samantha Mewis, UCLA
F Kelley Monogue, Texas A&M
F Rachel Tejada, Illinois State
F Chioma Ubogagu, Stanford
F Lynn Williams, Pepperdine