Soccer Postseason Honors Announced
Denver junior forward Kristen Hamilton was named the WAC's Offensive Player of the Year, while Utah State senior defender Natalie Norris received Defensive Player of the Year honors. Texas State’s Lynsey Curry was named the league's Freshman of the Year and Denver’s Jeff Hooker was named Coach of the Year.
Hamilton, from Littleton, Colo. (Columbine HS), led the WAC during conference play with six goals and 15 points. She also had a pair of game-winning goals during WAC play.
Norris, from Sandy, Utah (Alta HS), was voted Defensive Player of the Year for the third consecutive season. Norris anchored the defense for the Aggies that allowed only two goals during conference play this season.
Curry, a freshman from Cypress, Texas (Cy-Fair HS), led Texas State with three goals and one assist for seven points during conference play this season. She also led the Bobcats with 23 shots, 12 of which were on goal during regular season play.
Hooker, who is in his 21st season with the Pioneers, led Denver to a WAC regular season title and 14 victories in the regular season. Hooker earned the 300th win of his career on Oct. 12 at New Mexico State.
First Team All-WAC
Kristen Hamilton, F, Jr., Denver
Kaitlin Bast, F, Sr., Denver
Chelsea Small, F, Sr., Idaho
Stephanie Verdoia, F, So., Seattle U
Nicholette DiGiacomo, MF, Jr., Denver
Melissa Busque, MF, Sr., Seattle U
Mari Miyashiro, MF, Jr., Utah State
Sam Harder, D, So., Denver
Jessy Battelli, D, Jr., Denver
Natalie Norris, D, Sr., Utah State
Ashlyn Mulford, GK, Sr., Utah State
Second Team All-WAC
Emily Brennan, F, Jr., Louisiana Tech
Maria Jose Rojas, F, Jr., UTSA
Jennifer Flynn, F, Jr., Utah State
Katy Van Lieshout, MF, Sr., Denver
Jill Flockhart, MF, Sr., Idaho
Julia Besagno, MF, Jr., Seattle U
Mo Rockwell, D, Sr., Louisiana Tech
Megan Molina, D, Jr., San Jose State
Emma Staley, D, Sr., Texas State
Taryn Rose, D, So., Utah State
Lara Campbell, GK, Sr., Denver
Offensive Player of the Year: Kristen Hamilton, Jr., F, Denver
Defensive Player of the Year: Natalie Norris, Sr., D, Utah State
Freshman of the Year: Lynsey Curry, Fr., F, Texas State
Coach of the Year: Jeff Hooker, Denver