Magliulo, Abdalla Named MWC's Best|
Nov. 2, 2004
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - After winning its first-ever Mountain West Conference regular season title, the UNLV women's soccer team won half of the major honors at the conference awards banquet on Tuesday night in Provo, Utah, as senior midfielder Annii Magliulo was named Offensive Player of the Year while Dan Abdalla was named the Coach of the Year. Magliulo was also joined by two other Rebels on the all-conference team.
UNLV's all-time career points leader with 68 points, Magliulo scored three goals this year, all in conference play, and added five assists for 11 points, second on the team. Abdalla, in his fifth year at the helm of the Rebels, has led the team to a 12-3-2 record, its first-ever regional rankings (eighth in this week's NSCAA West region), while the team's five MWC wins was two more then its previous high.
Magliulo was also named to the 11-member all-conference first team for the second straight year. San Diego State and UNLV each placed three players on the all-MWC first team, while Utah and BYU each had two first-team honorees. Wyoming had one player selected. Joining Magliulo was senior defender Jenny Ruiz and junior goalie Jenna Huff. Ruiz started every game in the defense for the Rebels who allowed a league-low 12 goals this season. Huff meanwhile turned in another outstanding season in goal, setting a new school record for shutouts with eight, and is well under her own school record for goals against average, currently at 0.68. Both Ruiz and Huff were all-MWC second team selections in 2003.
San Diego State junior Alexis Solovij earned the Defensive Player of the Year award. Erika Woodbury of BYU was selected as Freshman of the Year.
The Rebels finished the regular season at 12-3-2, and won a school record five conference games to finish at 5-1. As the top seed in the MWC Tournament, UNLV receives a first round bye, and will take on the winner of Wednesday's #4 Utah-#5 Wyoming quarterfinal contest on Thursday at 3:30 pm (PST) in the semifinals. This year's tournament is being hosted by BYU in Provo, Utah.