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Season tough

Season tough

By SCM Staff

Sofia Huerta '15. Photo by Denis Concordel

They went 12-2 in the regular season, and six players earned all-conference recognition from fellow coaches in the West Coast Conference—including the co-Player of the Year and the Goalkeeper of the Year. So truth be told, it was a bit of a surprise when, for only the second time in 26 years, the Broncos weren’t invited to the NCAA Tournament. Still, says Coach Jerry Smith, “It will go down as a regular season that very few of our teams were able to achieve.”

Sofia Huerta ’15 shared honors as WCC Player of the Year and, for the second year in a row, was named an All-American. She racked up 17 goals in the season, including six game-winners for SCU. She grew up in Boise, Idaho. Her father hails from Mexico, and while a student she earned a spot on the Mexican Under-20 team before being called up to the national team. But this year she heads for Chicago to play for the Red Stars: She was the No. 11 pick in the National Women’s Soccer League Draft. In the Windy City she’ll rejoin fellow Bronco powerhouse Julie Johnston ’14, named the pro league’s rookie of the year in 2014.

Goalkeeper of the Year Andi Tostanoski ’16 (right top) came west from Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is studying biology. Her shot-stopping prowess earned her accolades as First Team All-WCC and WCC All-Academic Team.

Brittany Ambrose ’17 (No. 8 middle right) and sister Nikki Ambrose ’15 (No. 15) played in all 20 games. Brittany scored six goals, including a game-winner in double-overtime at University of San Francisco, and was named Second Team All-WCC.

Kat McAuliffe ’15 (right bottom) led the team with six assists and is graduating with a degree in psychology and WCC All-Academic Honorable Mention.

Dani Weatherholt ’16 earned from Coach Smith the appreciation as “our workhorse, our engine, our warrior” and All-WCC and WCC All-Academic honorable mentions.

Also recognized by the WCC: freshmen Jenna Holtz ’18 and Mariana Galvan ’17.

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