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WPSL announces 2011 All-Pacific Conference Team

11 Aug, 2011

In the last in the series of conference awards, the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) has announced the 2011 All-Pacific Conference Teams. The 2011 WPSL Champion Orange County Waves (12-1-0) - who won the South Division title - were honored with four selections to the 2011 All-Pacific Teams which included two out of three individual awards.

The North Division champion Bay Area Breeze had three of their players selected to the All-Pacific Teams (including the Co-Goalkeeper Of The Year) while the San Diego SeaLions saw the same number, as well as top Coach honors. Voting for the WPSL All-Conference awards is conducted by the league media relations staff and in accordance with the nominations (of up to four players) from the respective head coach and/or chief administrator of each member team.

PACIFIC PLAYER OF THE YEAR
MF BRITTANY KLEIN (Orange County Waves)

The former Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) All-Star & U.S. U-23 Women's National Team member was the key cog in the wheel of success that Orange County experienced this past season. While not the leading scorer for the Waves, Klein was the midfield architect - the link between a defense & offense that would muster an impressive +39 goal differential during the regular season. The former Santa Clara star has built up a reputation as one of those players every team needs in their starting eleven to reach the next level of success: Klein proved that statement true for the Waves in 2011.

PACIFIC CO-GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR
GK CORI ALEXANDER (Bay Area Breeze)
GK SOPHIA PEREZ (Orange County Waves)

Alexander garners her second straight Pac-Con Goalkeeper Of The Year honor, but this year, the former WPS & U.S. U-23 shot-stopper has to share it with her "professional" compatriot in Sophia Perez. Alexander was the chief architect in seven shutouts for the 12-2-0 California Storm last season, and this year, was crucial down the stretch for the Breeze as the team allowed only one goal in their last five matches. Perez is no stranger to Pac-Con individual recognitions, as she was named the 2008 Pacific Goalkeeper Of The Year for SD United. The former Mexican international was a force for the Waves in the post-season, allowing only two goals in four matches as well as stone-walling San Diego in penalty kicks (4-1) in the Pac-Con Final.

PACIFIC COACH OF THE YEAR
JEN LALOR-NEILSEN (San Diego SeaLions)

The former U.S. Women's National Team & WUSA star has made just as great an impression on the coaching ranks, culminating in the most successful regular season for the SeaLions in recent memory. If it wasn't for the presence of the fully professional Orange County side in the South Division, the fully amateur San Diego side could very well have represented the Pac-Con in the 2011 WPSL Championship. The SeaLions defeated North Division champs Bay Area twice this past season (exhibition on 5/22 & the Pac-Con Semifinal on 7/23) and gave the Waves their only loss of the season (1-0 W on 6/25). To top it all off, Lalor-Neilsen was also a selection to the WPSL Team Of The Week this season - as a player.

ALL-PACIFIC FIRST TEAM
F NICOLE WILCOX (Portland Rain S.C.)
F/MF JORDAN CARLBERG (North Bay F.C. Wave)
MF KIM YOKERS (Bay Area Breeze) *
MF ASHLIN YAHR (San Diego SeaLions)
MF BRITTANY KLEIN (Orange County Waves)
MF KATRIN OMARSDOTTIR (Orange County Waves)
MF/D EMMI LAWSON (North Bay F.C. Wave)
D LAUREN HALLAUER (Bay Area Breeze)
D SARAH DEVINE (San Diego SeaLions)
D DANI BOSIO (Orange County Waves) *
GK CORI ALEXANDER (Bay Area Breeze)
GK SOPHIA PEREZ (Orange County Waves)

* indicates Player Of The Year Finalist

ALL-PACIFIC SECOND TEAM
F JOCELYN CHARETTE (San Francisco Nighthawks)
F/D JOCELYN LECHE (North Bay F.C. Wave)
MF ROSIE TANTILLO (San Diego SeaLions)
MF MARISSA MYKINES (Spokane Shine)
MF EMILY SHIBATA (West Coast Wildkatz)
D ALLIE CUMMINS (Oregon Rush)
D KIKA TOULOUSE (Orange County Waves)
GK CRIS LEWIS (Portland Rain S.C.)
GK CHELSEA MCINTYRE (West Coast Wildkatz)


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