Women's Soccer: Pacific Tigers Place Four on All-Big West Teams; Beeman Named Top Freshman
Four Pacific Tigers were named to Big West Women's Soccer All-Conference Teams Tuesday, and defender Brittni Beeman was named Big West Freshman of the Year as the conference handed out its post-season awards. Senior defender Kylee Ah Choy earned first team accolades while junior midfielder Alex Topp and junior forward Kristina Wavomba earned second team honors. Redshirt senior goalkeeper Jill Medigovich was named Honorable Mention.
It was no surprise that three defensive players on the Tigers were honored, as Pacific finished second in the league in goals allowed, while allowing a conference-low in shots on goal.
A senior from Mililani, Hawai'i, Ah Choy anchored the Tigers defense, playing a team-high 1753 minutes and helping Pacific to eight shutouts. The Tigers defense allowed just six goals all season long to teams outside the top 25 polls, and just two goals at home all season. It was the second-straight First Team honor for Ah Choy, who's helped Pacific to 28 shutouts in her four-year career.
Also repeating is Wavomba, a junior forward from Encinitas, Calif. She earned Second Team honors for the second consecutive year after leading Pacific in goals and points, finding the back of the net three times to go with four assists for 10 points. Most of her damage came in Big West play as she scored the game-winning goal against Cal Poly and tallied the game-tying goal against UC Santa Barbara and then set-up the game-winner with an assist in the Tigers 2-1 overtime win against the Matadors.
Midfielder Alex Topp, was another integral part of a Tigers' defense which allowed a Big West low 73 shots on goal (4.05 per game), including a conference best 28 (3.5) in Big West play during the regular season. The junior from San Diego, Calif. earns Second Team honors after earning Honorable Mention accolades last season. Topp also contributed on the offensive end, scoring the game-winning goal in Pacific's 1-0 win over UC Davis.
Beeman, a freshman defender from San Diego, Calif. was named the top freshman in the conference. Beeman started 17 of 19 matches and logged 1,477 minutes on the pitch, third most on the team despite sitting out the regular season finale against UC Riverside. As the Tigers held opposing offenses at bay, Pacific allowed just two goals all season long to forwards, with Beeman routinely drawing one of the top targets. In the Tigers Big West semifinal against No. 11 UC Irvine, Beeman tallied her first career goal, sending a restart into the box, off a defender and into the net.
Medigovich was named Honorable Mention for her senior campaign. In just over two years at Pacific, Medigovich turned in the lowest career goals against average in the program's history and ranks third all-time in shutouts and wins. She recorded six shutouts this season, while sharing two others, and her 0.86 goals against average was second in the league.
"We're proud of our whole team for what we accomplished this season, so it makes us extremely happy to see that our players' talent and performances are recognized around the league," head coach Keith Coleman said. "It's good to see so many of our defenders recognized because defense is a total team effort, and I'm proud of how well we played defensively. I couldn't be prouder of of our award winners. They had really great seasons."
UC Irvine's Tanya Taylor earned Offensive Player of the Year, while teammate CoCo Goodson was named Defensive Player of the Year. The Anteater's Danielle deSeriere was tabbed as the Goalkeeper of the Year, while UC Irvine's Scott Juniper was named Coach of the Year. Long Beach State's Lindsay Bullock claimed Midfielder of the Year accolades.
The Tigers finished the 2010 season at 8-8-3 overall, while facing a schedule that included six games against ranked opponents and eight games against teams which earned NCAA Tournament bids. Pacific's 5-3-0 Big West record earned them a tie for third place in the conference and the program's second conference tournament berth in three years. The Tigers fell to No. 11 UC Irvine, 2-1, in the semifinal.