Mountain West Announces 2012 Women's Soccer All-Conference Awards
San Diego State's Megan Jurado and Haley Palmer named MW Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year
Oct. 30, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Mountain West announced its 2012 women's soccer awards today. The league's eight head coaches selected the all-Conference first and second teams, Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Coach of the Year.
San Diego State senior forward/midfielder Megan Jurado garnered MW Offensive Player of the Year honors, while Aztec junior defender Haley Palmer earned Defensive Player of the Year accolades and Boise State midfielder Brooke Heidemann was tabbed Freshman of the Year. San Diego State head coach Mike Friesen was voted MW Coach of the Year by his peers for the second time in his career after guiding the Aztecs to a perfect 7-0 record in Conference play and their second MW regular-season crown.
Jurado was tabbed as the MW Offensive Player of the Year after helping the Aztecs to the No. 1 seed in the upcoming 2012 MW Women's Soccer Championship. She led the league in points (13) and goals (five), while tying for first in assists (three) through seven regular-season Conference games. Palmer earned Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year honors after helping SDSU record four shutouts in MW play. The Aztec defense surrendered just three goals to Conference opponents in 2012, posting a 0.43 goals-against average. Heidemann was named MW Freshman of the Year after tallying four points on two goals for the Broncos during league play.
Five student-athletes are repeat selections to the all-Conference list this season, led by three-time honoree Palmer, who makes her second straight appearance on the first team after earning second-team kudos in 2010. Fellow Aztecs Jurado and Tiffany Hurst garnered first-team honors for the second consecutive season, while UNLV teammates Caitlin Allen and Macy Jo Harrison moved up to the first team after receiving second-team accolades in 2011.
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