Bulldog Women’s Soccer Snags Five All-SCIAC Selections
On Tuesday, the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) office released the 2011 All-SCIAC women's soccer teams, which included five honorees from the University of Redlands. Senior forward Fionna Connolly (Salem, OR) headlines the squad's accolades by picking up her second consecutive First-Team honor, while junior midfielder Kendall Pegan (Lafayette, CA) joins her on the First Team. Senior midfielder Maddy Phillips (Seattle, WA), senior defender Emily van den Bosch (Arcadia, CA), and junior forward Samantha Rivera (Thousand Oaks, CA) represent the Bulldogs on the Second Team.
One of the most decorated student-athletes in the program's history, Connolly keeps piling on the hardware with her second straight First-Team award. The program's all-time point-scorer ranked second among the conference in total points (22), points per game (1.83), goals (9) and goals per game (0.75), while sitting fifth for overall assists (4). The veteran striker wrote herself into the Redlands record books by tying the all-time, single-game point mark against Whittier College on Sept. 21 when she fired off seven total points, including the coveted hat trick.
As an integral contributor to the Bulldogs' midfield, Pegan nabs her first career All-Conference award as a member of the First Team. During the 2011 campaign, she dished out the second-most assists (6) on the team, which included five during conference competition. Against the Poets, she twice landed on the stat sheet by setting up Connolly on two of her three goals.
In her final season with the Bulldogs, Phillips earns her second All-SCIAC accolade of her career, following a First-Team selection back in 2009. An influential member on and off of the pitch, Phillips provided the game-winning goal at Farquhar Field against the University of La Verne on Oct. 29. After her time spent at the U of R, this team captain now sits among the program's all-time, top-10 lists for goals (17) and total points (40).
The Bulldogs' most consistent back-line defender, van den Bosch notches her inaugural All-SCIAC honor with this year's award. In 12 SCIAC games, she helped the team register a 1.00 goal-against average as well as four complete-game shutouts. During her final contest at Farquhar Field, van den Bosch contributed to the offensive attack by recording her first career goal with a solid strike in the 79th minute of play.
Known for her dynamic offensive skill-set, Rivera garners her first career All-Conference selection after posting nine points in SCIAC competition. The third-year speedster found the back of the net on four occasions, ranking her second on the team behind Connolly. Rivera came up clutch for the Bulldogs in a must-win, late conference game against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges when she connected on two huge netters to keep the UR's playoff chances alive.
Redlands wrapped up the 2011 season with a 10-6-1 overall mark and a 7-5 record against SCIAC foes, finishing fourth in the standings.