Nov. 9, 2011
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Three University of Utah women's soccer players received all-conference recognition from the Pac-12 after leading the Utes to a winning record in their first year in the league. Senior forward Erin Dalley was a second-team selection, senior defender Lauren Porter earned an honorable mention, and freshman midfielder Avery Ford was an all-Freshman team choice.
"We had a very positive first season in the Pac-12 and it's great to see some of our players rewarded for it," said Utah head coach Rich Manning. "As one can see from the list of other honorees, this is a group that played at the very highest level of college soccer. It's a tribute to our players that they have been recognized and included among that group."
Dalley was the team's leading scorer with seven goals, including five in Pac-12 play. She finished the season with three game-winning goals, including two against conference opponents Arizona and Oregon State, while also posting two assists. Including statistics from Pac-12 games only, the Centerville, Utah, native finished the regular season tied for fifth in goals (5) and game-winning goals (2), while tying for sixth in points (12). The conference award is the second of Dalley's career, following a first-team all-Mountain West Conference nod in 2009. Dalley wraps up her Utah career with 22 goals, including seven game winners, and four assists, totaling 46 points.
"Erin was our offensive catalyst all year," said Manning. "She scored clutch goals and occupied the attention of opposing defenses. Her presence helped all of our players enjoy some offensive freedom."
"Lauren had a remarkable run during Pac-12 play," said Manning. "She jumped right into a critical role on our defense starting with the Arizona State game even though she was coming off of a knee injury that had kept her out for several weeks. She was a strong defensive presence and a leader for us all season." Ford, who hails from Ogden, Utah, started all 20 games for Utah this season, appearing mostly in the holding midfield position but also putting in time as a defender. She tied for the team lead in assists with three, all in Pac-12 play. Two of her assists resulting in game-winning goals against Arizona State and Colorado. Her three helpers were tied for ninth in the conference. Earlier this season, in non-conference play, Ford scored her first career goal, tallying the game winner against Weber State.
"Avery had a terrific freshman year," said Manning. "She played several positions and had a strong impact in each conference game. She held down the midfield, created attack and filled in at the back with great ease."
Dudley Named CoSIDA Academic All-District
In addition to the Pac-12 awards, Utah received additional recognition recently as senior defender Lauren Dudley earned her third CoSIDA Second-Team Academic All-District award. A three-time Academic All-MWC and two-time MWC Scholar-Athlete honoree, Dudley carries a 3.73 GPA as a Business Administration major. On the field, Dudley is a four-year starter at center back who finishes her career with five goals, including three game winners, and three assists, for a 13-point total. Dudley provided Ute fans with high drama in the win over Arizona State on Sept. 30, burying a header with less than two minutes left to complete the come-from-behind victory.
"Lauren has performed at a consistently high level throughout her career on and off the field," said Manning. "To receive Academic All-District recognition for three consecutive years is an outstanding achievement."