Jan. 6, 2005
LAS VEGAS - Three UNLV women's soccer were named to the Soccer Buzz All-West Region teams while head coach Dan Abdalla was named Region Coach Runner-up, it was announced this week. Jenny Ruiz, Jenna Huff, Katrina Wright, were all named to the region team for the first time in their careers for UNLV, and are the first Rebels to ever receive Soccer Buzz honors.
Abdalla, the 2004 Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year, guided the Rebels to the best season in school history, as they finished with a 12-5-2 record and the MWC regular season championship. UNLV also earned its first-ever NCAA bid, and took on No. 25 San Diego in the first round, falling 1-0 in double overtime.
Both Ruiz and Huff were also first team All-MWC selections. Ruiz, a senior defender, started every game in the defense for the Rebels who allowed a league-low 14 goals for the year. Huff, a junior goalkeeper, turned in another outstanding season as she set new school records for shutouts with eight, and broke her own goals against average with a 0.76. Wright, a defender, was named to the West Region All-Freshman team after an outstanding season in the backfield with 13 starts.