Jan. 5, 2011
LOGAN, Utah - Four Utah State soccer players were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Scholar all-West Region team; it was announced Wednesday. Junior midfielder Chandra Salmon was named to the first team, while goalkeeper Molli Merrill, defender Summer Tillotson and midfielder Stefani Shiozaki earned honorable mention honors.
Salmon, a native of Provo, Utah, earned a 3.48 in human movement science to help lead the Aggies in the classroom. She is a two-time all-Western Athletic Conference Academic honoree. The junior was the only WAC player honored as well as being the only player from the Beehive State to be honored as a NSCAA Scholar All-America.
On the field, the midfielder earned first-team all-WAC honors for the third-straight season. She is the first Aggie to earn first-team honors her first three seasons. The defensive midfielder started every match this season. She played over 1,900 minutes this season. She was also named to the WAC all-Tournament team for her play in the tournament in Ruston, La.
Merrill, a Bountiful, Utah native, earned a 3.48 GPA in family and consumer science last semester. She also earned academic all-WAC honors last season.
The goalkeeper started 19 of Utah State's 21 matches. She ended the season with eight shutouts which was tied for second in single-season shutouts. Her 1,716 minutes played last season was sixth all-time in Aggie history. Merrill also earned WAC all-Tournament honors in 2009.
Tillotson, a Sandy, Utah native, earned a 3.53 GPA in human movement science. She also earned academic all-WAC honors in 2008 and 2009.
The defender earned her first all-WAC honor when she was named to the second team. She has started all 21 matches this season and is a part of the Aggie defense that allowed only six goals in conference matches. Tillotson had one assist last season.
Shiozaki, a Salt Lake City, Utah, native is the only one of the four who will not be back next season. The senior had a 3.31 in human movement science. She is a three-time academic all-WAC honoree.
On the field, Shiozaki had one of her most productive seasons as a senior. She had six assists for six points. Shiozaki ended her Utah State career with nine assists and 15 points.
As a team, Utah State captured the NSCAA Team Academic Award after posting a 3.32 grade point average. This is the eighth-straight year that the Aggies have been honored with the NSCAA award.
Utah State ended the season with a 9-7-5 record, advancing to the WAC Tournament semifinal match. With a 5-2-1 record, USU was co-WAC regular-season champions with San Jose State.
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