Carney, Mertz Named Best Of MWC
Katherine Mertz was named MWC Coach of the Year on Tuesday.
Katherine Mertz was named MWC Coach of the Year on Tuesday.

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

Second Team Kiley Jones, Sr., Midfielder, Utah Millie Allen, So., Defender, San Diego State Jessica Destito, Sr., Forward, UNLV Amanda Lathrop, Jr., Midfielder, Wyoming Erika Woodbury, Sr., Goalkeeper, BYU Lizzy Karoly, So., Forward, TCU Jessica Girdner, Sr., Midfielder, San Diego State Alexis Ball, Fr., Midfielder, New Mexico Melissa Crespo, Sr., Defender, Utah Angie Nickens, RS-Sr., Midfielder, TCU Rachael Emory, Jr., Midfielder, Air Force

Co-Offensive Players of the Year: Katie Carney, F, UNLV Tamika Wilson, F, Wyoming

Defensive Player of the Year: Aubree Southwick, GK, San Diego State

Freshman of the Year: Aubree Southwick, GK, San Diego State

Coach of the Year: Kat Mertz, UNLV

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