Nov. 12, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Four Washington State University student-athletes were named to the 2010 Pacific-10 Conference Women's Soccer All-Academic First Team, highlighting a baker's dozen Cougars earning conference awards Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott announced earlier this week.
Sophomore goalkeeper Ariana Byrd (3.80 grade point average/undeclared major), senior defender Ashley Johnson (3.78/movement studies), junior forward Tiara Pittman (3.78/psychology) and senior goalkeeper Meghan Berlingo (3.71/psychology) each garnered first team accolades.
Redshirt-senior Mallory Fox (3.42/psychology), junior defender Ali Fenter (3.41/movement studies), sophomore defender/midfielder Shannon McFadden (3.41/undeclared) and sophomore midfielder Ashley Loughmiller (3.20/undeclared) each received honorable mention.
The Cougars' four first team selections tied with Arizona State for most in the conference. Washington State's 11 honorees overall tied with California for second in the Pac-10 (Arizona State, 13). It is the seventh time in Cougar Head Coach Matt Potter's tenure that Washington State has had at least 10 academic awards. The 95 honorees under Potter are the most in the Pac-10 over the last eight years.
In addition to the classroom achievements, freshman forward Micaela Castain and sophomore forward Brandi Vega each received All-Pacific-10 honorable mention for their performance on the field. Castain was also named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team.
Castain led the Cougars with eight goals and 17 points while appearing in all 20 matches, including 19 starts. Vega added a pair of goals in 15 matches, including 12 starts.