Mountain West Announces 2015 Women’s Soccer All-Conference Teams
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Prior to the beginning of the 2015 Mountain West Women’s Soccer Championship, the Conference released its All-Conference teams and individual award winners on Monday. Colorado College senior Sarah Schweiss was tabbed the MW Offensive Player of the Year, while San José State’s Zoe Makrigiannis and Leah Pruitt of San Diego State garnered Defensive and Freshman of the Year honors, respectively. San José State head coach Lauren Hanson was named the Coach of the Year. The individual awards and All-MW teams were selected by the League’s 12 head coaches.
Schweiss collects the first individual accolade for the Tigers in their second year in the MW. The forward paced the Conference in goals with nine and finished second in points with 18. The Monument, Colorado, native topped the Mountain West in shots with 53 and notched a league-best six game-winning goals.
Makrigiannis concludes her career as a Spartan with the first MW Defensive Player of the Year honor in the programs third season of competition in the Conference. The senior goalkeeper anchored a defensive unit which surrendered a Conference-low 0.54 goals per match and finished with the most shutouts in the MW (6). Individually, Makrigiannis topped the league with a goals-against average of 0.51 and shutouts with six.
Pruitt helped guide the Aztecs to their fourth-consecutive MW regular-season title thanks to a Conference-best 20 points. The Rancho Cucamonga, California, native finished second in goals scored in MW play with eight and tied for fourth in assists with four. Pruitt becomes the first San Diego State player to garner Freshman of the Year accolades since Haley Palmer in 2010.
Hanson coached San José State to its first appearance in the Mountain West Championship after finishing with an 8-3-0 league mark. In just their third season in the Conference, Hanson guided the Spartans to the second seed for the MW Championship. SJSU surrendered a league-low 0.54 goals per match and finished with the most shutouts in the MW (6).
Four-time regular season and three-time defending tournament champion San Diego State led all teams with nine All-Conference honorees, including three first-team members, three second-team honorees and three honorable mention performers.
The 2015 MW Women’s Soccer Championship is set for Tuesday, Nov. 3, Thursday, Nov. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 7 at the SDSU Sports Deck on the campus of San Diego State University. All five matches of the six-team, single-elimination tournament will be broadcast live and free of charge on the Mountain West Network. For more information on the Championship, visit the 2015 MW Women’s Soccer Championship Central page.
Offensive Player of the Year: Sarah Schweiss, Sr., F, Colorado College
Defensive Player of the Year: Zoe Makrigiannis, Sr., GK, San José State
Freshman of the Year: Leah Pruitt, Fr., F, San Diego State
Coach of the Year: Lauren Hanson, San José State