2013 WPSL All-West teams announced, state club players honored

2013 WPSL All-West teams announced, state club players honored


(www.WPSL.info) The Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) has announced the 2013 All-West Conference Teams, as well as the 2013 West Conference Player, Goalkeeper and Coach Of The Year. The top teams were honored for their efforts with multiple selections to the 2013 WPSL West All-Conference Teams, and each of the West’s 23 teams are represented.

From the State of Washington there are players from AC Seattle, Seattle Reign Reserves / Issaquah SC, and Emerald City FC and the first, second and third teams.

Player of the Year

Judy Christopher – Midfielder – San Diego SeaLions

A two-time All Big West First Team Selection from UC Irvine, Christopher is the workhorse for San Diego. A fearless and physical center midfielder, Christopher is diligent on the attack and unyielding on defense. “Players who don’t score tons of goals are seldom recognized when it’s time to hand out awards, but there is no ignoring Judy Christopher,” said General Manager Amie Becker.  “She is relentless, and gives 110% every single time she steps on the pitch. She has been a vital member of this team for several years, and we cannot be without her.”

Goalkeeper of the Year

Kaycee Gunion – San Diego SeaLions

In her fourth season with the San Diego SeaLions, the four-time All American from Cal State San Marcos posted an undefeated season that included 6 league shutouts and 8 overall. Gunion made the winning penalty kick save against Gulf Coast Texans keeper, Sarah Story after burying her own shot seconds earlier in the 2013 WPSL Championship semi-final, taking the SeaLions into the Title match the following night. She also made several key saves against rivals Storm Elk Grove to win the Western Regional Championship. Coach Jen Lalor-Neilson has said that Gunion is the best goalkeeper she has ever seen and is worthy of a spot on the U.S. National Team.  “Kaycee’s maturity and composure in the net, makes her one of the best goalkeepers in the game today. She always comes up big in every situation, and is so reliable and consistent. As a coach, you can see certain players destined for bigger and better things; Kaycee is going to do just that.”

Photos (l-r) courtesy San Diego SeaLions and Tuscon Soccer Academy

Coach of the Year

Jen Lalor-Nielson – San Diego SeaLions

In her four seasons at the helm of the San Diego SeaLions, Lalor-Nielson has completely turned the club around, leading her team to four straight division titles, three regional final appearances, a Western Regional Championship, and their first WPSL National Championship Crown since 2000. “Since her hire in 2010, Jen has completely turned this team around, and has created an environment that breeds champions,” said General Manager Amie Becker. “She has proven that she has what it takes to be one of the top coaches in the Nation. Jen brings an extra element to the team that extends beyond technical coaching ability. She is able to connect to her players on an emotional level, and inspire a sense of unity and commitment amongst them that is rarely seen. Her genuine passion and love for this team is felt by the players, and is a key ingredient in her winning recipe. The girls believe in her, and have returned year after year to continue down the path to reaching their ultimate goal, one which they attained this season. I could not ask for a better head coach, and I look forward to working with Jen for years to come.”

Honorable Mention, Coach of the Year

Amy Garelick – TSAFC

TSAFC entered the WPSL only a few weeks before the 2013 season kicked off.  With just two weeks to pick and organize a team, Amy Garelick compiled a roster of seven U-18 Tucson players—four with just one year of college experience—and a few other current and former college standouts.  Despite the odds, TSAFC proceeded to dominate the Big Sky-North Division, going 7-1-1 in regular season play, outscoring its opponents 30-11, and ultimately clinching third place in the Western Conference.  “Given the challenging situation she inherited with this new, inexperienced squad, one has to admire her ability to produce a team that could perform consistently at such at high level,” said Assistant Coach Charlie MacCabe.

Marina Galaz of Emerald City FC is first-team, All-West in the WPsl. (Wilson Tsoi)

1st Team

Kaycee Gunion – San Diego SeaLions (GK)

Cat Barnekow – Storm Elk Grove (D)

Vanessa Cuellar – San Francisco Nighthawks (D)

Sarah Devine – San Diego SeaLions (D)

Alia Guagni – AC Seattle (D)

Kelly Kearns – TSAFC (D)

Vanesha Valentine – Beach FC (D)

Judy Christopher – San Diego SeaLions (M)

Karli Hedlund – TSAFC (M)

Erin Morrison – Real Salt Lake Women (M)

Lauren Sanchez – West Coast Wildkatz (M)

Madison Tye – North Bay FC Wave (M)

Erin Vaughan – SRR Issaquah (M)

Elizabeth Cudjoe – Storm Elk Grove (F)

Marina Galaz – Emerald City FC (F)

Gaia Mastrovincenzo – Eugene Metro FC Azul (F)

Romina Pinna – AC Seattle (F)

Jen Stoltenberg – THUSC Diamonds (F)

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2nd Team

Chandler Morris – TSAFC (GK)

Casey Berrier – Emerald City FC (D)

Molly Boyd – SRR Issaquah (D)

Cricket Harber – Emerald City FC (D)

Regan Smithers – West Coast Wildkatz (D)

Jen Tuttle – THUSC Diamonds (D)

Elise Britt – San Diego SeaLions (D/M/F)

Brandi Dawson – THUSC Diamonds (M)

Mor Efraim – North Bay FC Wave (M)

Macy Jo Harrison – SRR Issaquah (M)

Jordan Marada – Beach FC (M)

Arica Slawson – AC Seattle (M)

Rosie Tantillo – San Diego SeaLions (M)

Cali Farquharson – Phoenix Del Sol (F)

Annie Hawkins – Real Salt Lake Women (F)

Angelina Martinez – Storm Elk Grove (F)

Madison Misi – Westside Timbers (F)

Anessa Patton – West Coast Wildkatz (F)

3rd Team

Kristina Utley – San Francisco Nighthawks (GK)

McKenzie Berryhill – Phoenix Del Sol (D)

Alex Quincy – FC Golden State (D)

Brianna Reyes – Central California HEAT (D)

Viviana Schiavi – AC Seattle (D)

Whitley Davis – St. George United (D/M)

Makenzie Pedrotti – Beach FC (D/M)

Tasha Aiono – Real Salt Lake (M)

Bridgette Barden – Ajax America Women (M)

Maryn Beutler – Bend Timbers (M)

Cori Bianchini – Westside Timbers (M)

Jennifer Lum – Storm Sacramento (M)

Natalie Anderson – Utah Starzz (F)

Samantha Brand – Storm Elk Grove (F)

Breeana Koemans – LA Premier FC (F)

Kaitlyn Lopez – TSAFC (F)

Shaylee Miner – Eugene Metro FC Azul (F)

Jaiden Thornock – Utah Starzz (F)


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