Dec. 19, 2011
LOGAN, Utah - Junior defender Natalie Norris and senior forward Shantel Flanary were both named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) all-West Region second team as voted on by the region's coaches.
Both Norris and Flanary earned the honor for the second time with Norris earning third-team honors last season. Flanary was named to the second team in 2009. Melissa Baggaley was the only other Utah State player to earn all-region honors when she was named to the all-West Region third team in 2003.
The two Aggies were the only two Western Athletic Conference players to earn first or second team honors. Idaho's Chelsea Small was named to the third team.
Norris became the first defender in the WAC to earn back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year honors since San Jose State's Rachelle Jagdeo in 2005-06. Norris also earned her second-straight first-team all-WAC honor after being the anchor of the USU defense that allowed only three goals in conference play. This is the second-straight season that she has earned all-region honors after being named to the third team last year.
Norris was part of the Aggie defense that allowed only 15 goals in 22 matches for a team goals against average of 0.66. Offensively, she scored four goals for eight points, which was fourth on the team.
Flanary became the first Aggie soccer player to earn WAC Offensive Player twice in her career, also being honored in 2008. The senior ended conference play with two goals and three assists for seven points. Flanary earned first-team honors the last three seasons.
This season, she had 10 goals and six assists for 26 points. She set the career record for career assists with 17, passing Lindsey Smart (2006-09) who had 15 during her Aggie career. She also broke Lauren Hansen (2007-10) for career points with 85.
Utah State ended the historic season with a 15-5-2 record, advancing to its first NCAA Tournament. The Aggies not only won their second-straight WAC regular-season championship, but also captured their first ever WAC Tournament title with a win over host Fresno State.
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First Team Pos. Player Class School Hometown GK Bianca Henninger Jr. Santa Clara Los Gatos, Calif. D Natalie Garcia Sr. San Diego Valley Center, Calif. D Coco Goodson Jr. UC-Irvine Ramona, Calif. D Lindsi Lisonbee Jr. BYU Park City, Utah D Michelle Pao So. Pepperdine Cupertino, Calif. M Judy Christopher Sr. UC-Irvine Ontario, Calif. M Shawn Gordon Sr. Long Beach St. Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. M Julie Johnston So. Santa Clara Mesa, Ariz. F Sofia Huerta Fr. Santa Clara Boise, Idaho F Nadia Link Jr. Long Beach St. Walnut Creek, Calif. F Stephanie Ochs Jr. San Diego San Diego, Calif.
Second Team GK Courtney Parsons Sr. San Diego Santa Rosa, Calif. D Alex Balcer Jr. Long Beach St. Tucson, Ariz. D Natalie Norris Jr. Utah State Sandy,Utah D Ellie Rice So. Santa Clara Jackson Hole, Wyo. M Lisa Kemp Sr. UC-Davis Eden Prairie, Minn. M Jordan Marada So. St. Mary's Mission Viejo, Calif. M Meleana Shim Jr. Santa Clara Honolulu, Hawaii F Shantel Flanary Sr. Utah State Highland, Utah F Natalia Ledezma So. UC-Irvine La Mirada, Calif. F Carlee Payne Jr. BYU Pleasanton, Calif. F Lynn Williams Fr. Pepperdine Fresno, Calif.
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