In all, approximately 51 percent of USU's student-athletes earned a 3.2 GPA to qualify for the awards.
Aggie Soccer to Square Off Against Second-Ranked BYU Friday in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament
USU makes its second-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
USU First Back-To-Back WAC Champs Since SMU In 2003-04; Utah State Earns Second-Straight NCAA Tournament Berth
On the eve of the WAC Soccer Tournament, senior Natalie Norris becomes the WAC's first three-time defensive Player of the Year.
The Aggies will honor their three seniors that day.
Former Aggie soccer player Molli Merrill will be entering her second season as an assistant coach and third with the team after a season as an undergraduate assistant coach.
The former all-Western Athletic Conference goalkeeper will complete the coaching staff for head coach Heather Cairns along with associate coach Trevor Wachsman and undergraduate assistant coach Natalie Norris. Merrill and Norris earned all-WAC honors during their time in the Aggie uniforms.
"Molli has been working with us as an undergraduate assistant coach since January of 2012, and I am excited to promote her to our full-time assistant coach position. Obviously, Molli was a talented player leading USU to its first-ever NCAA tournament, but she also has exceptional leadership qualities, a high soccer IQ and has developed into a talented coach," Cairns said at the time of her hiring.
Merrill had a stellar career as an Aggie, including being named the MVP of the 2011 WAC Tournament, as USU won its first-ever WAC Tournament against Fresno State. She earned first-team all-WAC honors in 2011 after leading USU to a 5-1-1 conference record, ending league action with a 0.28 GAA. Merrill also earned WAC all-tournament honors in 2009. She also earned six WAC Defensive Player of the Week honors during her storied career.
Last season, the Aggie defense was just as solid as the combination of Jeannie Woller and Natalie Stoven allowed only 21 goals in 22 matches. Woller also earned Mountain West Player of the Week honors twice in 2013.
In 2012, Merrill helped guide goalkeeper Ashlyn Mulford to a first-team all-WAC honor, allowing only 11 goals in 20 matches. Mulford recorded seven shutouts in 2012 and ended the season with a 0.57 goals against average.
Merrill earned her bachelor's degree from Utah State in family and consumer science education in 2013.
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