Five Sonoma State women's soccer student-athletes have been named to the 2012 Daktronics, Inc. NCAA Division II Women's Soccer All-West Region Team, the most SSU players named to any All-Region squad since 1999.
Junior forward Cara Curtin and senior defender Sara Studer earned First Team honors while senior goalkeeper Alexis Sciacqua, senior midfielder Ashley Martin and sophomore defender Carolyn Greco grabbed Second Team recognition, highlighting Monday's release of the annual postseason awards sponsored by Daktronics, Inc. and voted on by the region's sports information directors.
Curtin (Santa Rosa, Calif./Maria Carrillo HS/Santa Rosa JC) joined the Seawolves as a junior this season and wasted little time making an impact, scoring seven goals in her first five games. She scored at least two goals in four games this year and her 15 goals on the season are the most by a Sonoma State player since her current head coach Emiria Salzmann Dunn tallied 15 in 1995, which is the third-most goals scored in a season in program history. In addition to her goal scoring prowess, her seven assists also led the team and her 37 points rank second in the CCAA. Curtin was named the CCAA Women's Soccer Player of the Week for September 10th through 16th and she became the first student-athlete in the program's history to be named CCAA Newcomer of the Year.
Joining Curtin on the All-West Region First Team was Studer (Oceanside, Calif./El Camino HS). Now a two-time All-West Region First Team pick, Studer ranked third on the team in scoring with five goals and five assists. She has also played an important role on defense this season, using her speed to neutralize her opponent's scoring opportunities.
Both Curtin and Studer will now be eligible for Daktronics, Inc. All-America consideration; the All-America teams will be announced on Nov. 28.
Sciacqua (Santa Rosa, Calif./Montgomery HS) was named to the All-West Region Second Team, signifying the first all-region honor for the senior netminder. Sciacqua recorded 11 shutouts this season to lead the entire CCAA and her 0.69 goals against average ranks second among conference goalies. Sciacqua was named to the CCAA's All-Conference Second Team just a couple of weeksn ago and was also tabbed as the CCAA Women's Soccer Player of the Week for October 1st through 7th.
Martin (Davis, Calif./Davis HS) earns All-Region honors for the first time in her career. A four-year member of the program, Martin ranked second on the team in scoring with seven goals and five assists. She also earned All-CCAA honors for the first time eariler this season. Over the course of her career, Martin scored 12 goals, all of them coming in the last two years.
Greco (Fullerton, Calif./Fullerton Union HS) was also named to the All-West Region Second Team. Just a sophomore, Greco started in 20 of the team's 21 games and was another key piece for the CCAA's best defense, earning All-CCAA Second Team honors for her efforts. On the offensive side, Greco assisted on the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win over rival Chico State.
Sonoma State, which captured the CCAA's North Division crown with an 11-2-1 mark in conference play, qualified for the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2008, but after a first-round bye as the top-seed in the West Region, the Seawolves were knocked out in the second round, losing 2-1 in double overtime to Western Washington, ending the season with an incredible 16-3-2 record, the fifth-best record in program history.