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Corban's Tsugawa & Sullivan Honored, 7 Named All-CCCSalem-News.com Sports
(PORTLAND, Ore.) - The league office announced Saturday that sophomore Emily Tsugawa (Gladstone, Ore.) was named Offensive Player of the Year and freshman Audrey Sullivan (Puyallup, Wash.) earned Co-Newcomer of the Year, as Corban's women's soccer team placed seven players on the all-conference team that included a trio of 1st team members.
This is the first time since 2004 that a member of Corban's women's soccer team has been named Cascade Collegiate Conference Player of the Year, as former Warriors KeriAnn Rumrey (2001 & 2003) and Julie Baird (2004) earned the honor previously.
Tsugawa was joined on the All-Cascade Collegiate Conference 1st team by senior Katie Hanson (Salem, Ore.) and junior Amanda Mendenhall (Windsor, Calif.), while senior Genessa Neeser (Pocatello, Idaho) and Sullivan were named as part of the 2nd team. A pair of seniors – Melissa Malone (Lake Forest, Calif.) and Erin Stokes (Ephrata, Wash.) – earned all-conference honorable mention recognition.
Thanks to a team-high 12 goals, seven assists, and 31 points, Tsugawa earned the league's Offensive Player of the Year award as voted by the conference coaches. The fleet-footed forward tied for the league lead in points with Oregon Tech's Crystal Foster, while finishing a mere two goals behind Foster for the conference lead in that category. Tsugawa netted a team-leading four game-winning goals en route to earning her second career post season honor.
Sullivan is the program's first Newcomer of the Year sharing the award with Concordia's Adrienne Lommasson, as the first-year Warrior finished second on the team with 20 points thanks to eight goals and four assists en route to earning All-CCC 2nd team honors. Sullivan registered a team-high 69 shots, including a team-best 32 on-goal to go along with three game-winning goals.
For the second straight season, co-captain Hanson earned All-CCC 1st team recognition after finishing fourth on the team in scoring with 12 points thanks to three goals and six assists. The ESPN Academic All-American District VIII honoree netted one game-winning goal this season thanks to a penalty kick in the final game of the regular season that resulted in a 1-0 win over Northwest that helped Corban secure the tournament's No. 2 seed.
Mendenhall, a reigning NAIA All-American honorable mention as a sophomore, was one of the leaders of Corban's midfield thanks to a season in which the third-year Warrior tallied three points (1 goal & 1 assists) despite being on the field more than any other non-keeper with 1,124 minutes on the pitch.
Continuing her outstanding play this season in Corban's defense, Neeser tallied one assist and helped keep opponents to a mere 14 goals scored all season. This is the third straight All-CCC 2nd team honor for the fourth-year Warrior.
Malone, who earned her first-ever All-CCC honor, would close out her illustrious Warrior career with the third most time on the field among all non-keepers thanks to 1,053 minutes, as the fourth-year defender was the final line of defense throughout most of the season for Corban.
Stokes, a first-time All-CCC honoree, closed out her four-year career second on the team in total shots by a defender with nine this season to go along with a strong performance throughout as part of the Warriors' defense.
Overall, Corban heads into Saturday's CCC Championship game with a program-best 16-3-0 record. The Warriors will face conference rival and the NAIA's No. 1-ranked Concordia tonight in the finals with the conference's automatic berth to the NAIA Women's Soccer National Championships on the line.
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