WOMEN'S SOCCER: Sophomore defender Natalie Norris was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) all-West Region third team on Monday as voted on by the region's coaches.
Norris is the second Aggie to earn second-team honors and only the third USU player to earn the award. Junior forward Shantel Flanary was named to the second team in 2009. Melissa Baggaley was named to the all-West Region third team in 2003.
There were four other Western Athletic Conference players who earned all-Region honors. San Jose State defender Jessica Ingram and Idaho forward Chelsea Small were both named to the second team. San Jose State forward Kelse Lord and Idaho midfielder Jill Flockhart joined Norris on the third team.
Norris, who earned her first career all-WAC honor, was also named the WAC's Defensive Player of the Year. She is the second-straight Aggie to earn a postseason award as Flanary earned WAC Offensive Player of the Year honors last season. Norris also earned her first WAC all-tournament team honor along with junior midfielder Chandra Salmon.
The sophomore was the anchor of the Aggie defense that allowed only 21 goals in 21 matches. Norris and the USU defense had nine total shutouts this season. Norris also set a career high with two goals and two assists for six points. She ended the season tied for fourth on the team in total points with senior midfielder Stefani Shiozaki.
Utah State ended the season with a 9-7-5 record. The Aggies captured their second WAC regular-season title in three years with a 5-2-1 conference record.
FOOTBALL: Two Utah State football players earned all-Western Athletic Conference honors as the conference awards were announced Monday by the league office after a vote by the conference's nine head coaches. Junior linebacker Bobby Wagner was named to the first-team list, while senior cornerback Curtis Marsh was a second-team selection.
"For Bobby and Curtis, it is a very well deserving honor for both of them in my opinion," USU head coach Gary Andersen said.
Wagner is a repeat first-team selection from last year, while Marsh earned his first all-conference honor. Wagner becomes USU's first multiple first-team selection since Kevin Robinson earned all-Sun Belt honors in 2004 and all-WAC accolades in 2007, both as a kick returner. Wagner is the first back-to-back first-team honoree since Kevin Curtis earned first-team all-Independent honors in 2001 and 2002. Overall, Wagner becomes the 39th player in USU history to be a two-time first-team all-conference honoree.
It is the third time in the last four seasons that USU has had one first-team all-WAC selection, as Wagner was the lone Aggie first-teamer last year, after none in 2008 and Robinson in 2007. Jarrett Bush and John Chick were both first-team selections in 2005, USU's first season in the WAC.
Wagner, a native of Ontario, Calif. (Colony HS), led the WAC ranks eighth in the NCAA FBS with 11.1 tackles per game, ranking second in the league overall with 133 total tackles, leading the league with 72 tackle assists and ranking second with 61 solo stops.
"For Bobby, it is his second year in a row he has led the conference in tackles. He is a tremendous player. We need to take full advantage of his athletic ability in the future," Andersen said.
Wagner had a career-high 17 tackles twice this season, in the Fresno State and New Mexico State games. On the year, Wagner had seven games with double-digit tackles.
"It's an honor. It shows that all the hard work and dedication pays off," Wagner said. "It feels really great to earn all-WAC two years in a row, and it is an honor that the coaches in the league acknowledge my playing abilities."
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