The Utah Valley University women's soccer team was well represented at the Western Athletic Conference awards banquet in Phoenix on Tuesday night as six Wolverines received WAC postseason honors.
Utah Valley freshman forward Amber Tripp was named the WAC's Freshman of the Year. UVU sophomore midfielder Breanna DeWaal and sophomore defender Hannah Bruce received first-team all-WAC honors, while junior forward Breanna McCarter, senior forward Tori Smith and senior midfielder Libby Weber were named to the all-WAC second team.
Tripp ranked third on the team this season with five goals, including four during WAC play. She also tallied three assists for 13 points on the season. She tallied 23 shots, including 14 on goal. Tripp recorded one game-winning goal this season.
DeWaal led the Wolverines and the WAC with 67 shots, including a league-best 35 shots on goal. The sophomore midfielder led the Wolverines and ranked tied for fourth with nine goals. She ranks tied for second on the team and in the WAC with six assists. DeWaal's team-best 24 points rank her fourth in the WAC. She also has a team-best four game-winning goals, ranking her tied for second in the league.
Bruce anchored the UVU defense to four shutouts this season, including a pair of clean sheets during WAC play. The sophomore defender helped the UVU defense limit opponents to a 1.50 goals per game average. She also helped the squad hold its opponents to just 10.2 shots per match and helped the offense with five assists this year.
McCarter ranks second on the team with six goals this season, including three goals during league play. She tallied four assists for 16 points this year. McCarter tallied 42 shots, with 19 on net, and registered the game-winning goal against Wyoming this season.
Smith tallied four goals and six assists for 14 points this season. Her six assists tie her for the team lead, while her 48 shots rank second on the team. Smith also ranks second on the team with 27 shots on goal. She tallied two game-winning goals this year in wins over Seattle U and Chicago State.
Weber played both an offensive and defensive role for the Wolverines this season. The senior midfielder tallied two goals and a pair of assists for six points. She recorded 18 shots, including nine on goal. She scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win at Oral Roberts.
Utah Valley opens WAC Tournament play on Friday, Nov. 3, against the winner of Wednesday's quarterfinal match between No. 3 UTRGV and No. 5 Grand Canyon. Friday's semifinal match is set to kick off at 8 p.m. MT, and will be streamed live via the WAC digital network.
Jason Erickson works in the communications office at the Utah Valley University athletic department. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit GoUVU.com.