AZUSA, Calif.-- After a second place finish in the Pacific West the Azusa Pacific women’s soccer team had five players named to the all-conference team, the PacWest office announced Thursday. Emily Wood highlighted the list, taking home second-team honors, while Natalie Sun, Shannon Righetti, and Natalie Nick were named to the third team. Senior keeper Michelle Wieland received honorable mention recognition.
EMILY WOOD: Second-Team, Midfielder
Wood only started in three of the Cougars’ first eight matches, during which the Cougars lost five times for the worst start in the Jason Surrell era. Wood then started the final 10 matches of the regular season, helping Azusa Pacific close PacWest play on a 10-game winning streak. In that span the Glendora native scored five of her team-leading six goals. Wood finished with three game-winners and two assists.
SHANNON RIGHETTI: Third Team, Midfielder
Righetti enjoyed her most productive season with the Cougars in 2012, scoring a career-high four goals and two assists. The senior had her best match of the year against Chaminade (Hawai’i) when she notched a pair of scores to go with an assist. Righetti played in 19 matches for the team, staring the final six matches of the regular season in which the Cougars went 6-0 and outscored opponents 11-2.
NATALIE NICK : Third Team, Defender
Nick started in every match on the Cougar backline, helping the team post 10 shutouts. The junior from Cypress finished with three assists on the year, and assisted on Azusa Pacific’s game-winner against Notre Dame de Namur.
NATALIE SUN : Third Team, Forward
Sun started in all 19 of Azusa Pacific’s contests, scoring seven times on 51 shots. Sun also had a pair of assists for a total of 16 points. Sun’s goals against Fresno Pacific, Notre Dame de Namur, and Dominican were all game-winners. The senior forward now ranks in the top-15 all time in goals (31), and points (81).
MICHELLE WIELAND: Honorable Mention, Goalkeeper
In her first year as the Cougars’ every day starter Wieland excelled, tabbing 10 shutouts and holding opposing teams to just 11 goals in 19 matches. Wieland has a 46-8-3 all-time record between the posts, and boasts a career goals-against-average of 0.47 (best in program history).
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