Dec. 12, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State University women's soccer team handed out its team awards earlier this month.
The winners were senior defender Ali Fenter (MVP), junior forward Brandi Vega (Offensive Player of the Year), sophomore Rachael Doyle (Defensive Player of the Year), sophomore defender Delaney Zalud (Most Improved), freshman midfielder Nicole Setterlund (Rookie of the Year) and senior forward Tiara Pittman (Most Inspirational).
Fenter capped her career having started every match (86) in her four-years at Washington State. The matches played and started are both Cougar career standards. Her second half goal in the NCAA First Round at Kentucky tied the match and Washington State went on to advance on penalty kicks.
Vega, an All-Pac-12 First Team and NSCAA All-Pacific Region Second Team honoree, scored six goals, including three game-winners. She added five assists for 17 points. The game-winning goals and assists totals tied for the team lead while the goals and points were second on the squad.
Doyle won her award for the second-straight season. She anchored the backline which was instrumental in the Cougars setting a regular season record for fewest goals allowed (14).
Zalud played in 20 matches, including 13 starts, after appearing in just three matches as a freshman. She recorded three assists, two of which led to game-winning goals.
A member of the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team, Setterlund notched two assists in a victory over Weber State and added a goal in Washington State's win against California. She was also named NSCAA All-Pacific Region Second Team.
Pittman had her junior campaign limited to seven matches when she suffered a season-ending knee injury in 2010. She battled back to play in all 23 matches this season, including a dozen starts. The Spokane native tallied four goals, two of which came during a late season road sweep at the Arizona schools.