The Golden State Athletic Conference has announced its 2011 all-conference team, and after a second place finish in the regular season, Azusa Pacific had four representatives honored. The Cougars had three juniors named to the team, Markie Gleason, Molly Lavin , and Rachael Harding, while Brittany Flanagan was the lone Azusa Pacific senior.
MARKIE GLEASON: The Cougars gave up just six goals in 16 matches this year, and Gleason was a major reason for it. The Long Beach State transfer helped Azusa Pacific dominate possession on the season, leading to a shot disparity of 180 in the Cougars’ favor (276-96; an average ratio of 17.25:6). Gleason was also named to the all-GSAC team in 2010 in addition to being named a 2nd team NAIA All-American.
BRITTANY FLANAGAN: After earning 2010 NAIA All-American honors, Flanagan, one of two returning seniors, put together another all-GSAC season for Azusa Pacific. The senior from El Dorado Hills was a vocal leader all year and captained the squad to the GSAC Championship Match.
MOLLY LAVIN: Lavin scored five goals this season, but four of them were game-winners as the junior consistently found herself in the right place at the right time. The Redmond, Wash. native scored the golden-goal in the 95th minute against Rocky Mountain (Mont.) on Sept. 3, and followed it up with the game-winner against Holy Names four days later.
RACHAEL HARDING: Harding, a returning NAIA All-American, helped Azusa Pacific to record 11 shutouts in 2011, while allowing opponents to get off just 48 shots on goal (three per game). The Cougars have registered a 0.38 GAA through 16 matches with Harding running the backline.