Carney, Mertz Named Best Of MWC
Nov. 6, 2007
PROVO, Utah - Coming off its second Mountain West Conference regular season championship, the UNLV women's soccer team picked up more recognition on Tuesday night, as Katie Carney was named Co-Offensive Player of the Year, while Katherine Mertz was selected as MWC Coach of the Year, it was announced at the pre-conference tournament banquet on Tuesday night in Provo.
Carney, a senior forward from Lake Forest, Calif., led the Rebels in scoring for the fourth straight year with 20 points this season, and had 10 in league play, second-best in the MWC. She also had two game-winners in MWC games, including against No. 24 BYU on Nov. 2 in a 1-0 double-overtime win that clinched the regular season title for UNLV. Mertz meanwhile picked up her first-ever Coach of the Year honors, as she guided the Rebels, predicted to finish third in the MWC, to a 5-1-1 conference mark, and 10-4-5 overall.
Carney was also a first-team All-MWC selection for the first time, after earning second-team honors in 2005. Joining her on the All-MWC first team was junior Brie Kuhne of San Diego, Calif., and Erica Jensen, senior midfielder from Las Vegas. Jensen was a second team honoree in 2006, while Kuhne was a first-team selection for the seocnd straight year. The two were key to UNLV's defense in 2007, as the Rebels allowed just 12 goals during the regular season for a team GAA of 0.59.
UNLV also placed one on the second team, as Las Vegas native and senior forward Jessica Destito earned her first-ever all-conference honor.
The other yearly awards went to San Diego State goalkeeper Aubree Southwick, who picked up both Freshman and Defender of the Year.
UNLV, the No. 1 seed in this year's tournament, receives a bye for the first round, and will play their first game in the semifinals on Thursday against the winner of No. 4 Wyoming-No. 5 Utah at 12 pm (PST) in a game televised by The Mtn. This year's tournament is being hosted by BYU in Provo, Utah.
2006 All-Mountain West Conference Women's Soccer Team First Team Katie Carney, Sr., Forward, UNLV Tamika Wilson, Jr., Foward, Wyoming Adele Letro, Jr., Forward, Utah** Katie Larkin, Jr., Forward, BYU** Aubree Southwick, Fr., Goalkeeper, San Diego State Andrea Willis, So., Defender, BYU Jackie Ragudos, Sr., Forward, San Diego State Kelly Isleib, So., Midfielder, Utah Brie Kuhne, R-Jr., Defender, UNLV* Kassidy Christensen, Fr., Forward, BYU Erica Jensen, Sr., Midfielder, UNLV