Mon, Nov. 12, 2012 - [Women's Soccer]
Kansas Wesleyan landed eight women's soccer players on the All-KCAC teams and head coach Mike Dibbini was named as the KCAC Women's Soccer Coach of the Year as the All-KCAC Women's Soccer teams were selected by the coaches of the conference.
Three players also picked up individual awards from the conference as Melissa Martinez was named Offensive Player of the Year, Roxy Gomez was named Freshman of the Year and Megan Bodiford was named Co-Defensive Player of the Year, sharing the honor with Ottawa's Jordan Tapia.
Wesleyan won its second straight KCAC regular season title in 2012 and won the KCAC tournament with a 3-0 shutout of Southwestern, earning the Coyotes a trip to the NAIA Women's Soccer National Championships for the first time since 2010. The No. 10 ranked Coyotes are ranked in the Top 10 for the first time ever and are currently riding an 18-match winning streak, longest in the NAIA this season.
Crystal Sanchez, Bodiford, Martinez, Monique Orocio, Gomez and Yadira Toraya were named to the All-KCAC First Team, while Anna Nisperos and Samantha Barajas were named to the second team.
Sanchez, a senior midfielder from Fontana, Calif., has four goals and 12 assists on the season, with three of the goals and eight assists coming during the KCAC season. She led the KCAC in assists and assists per match during the season and is currently ranked seventh in the NAIA in total assists and 14th in the country in assists per match. She had a season high four points on October 17 against Bethel with a goal and two assists in the match. She dished out a season high three assists against Tabor on October 11.
Bodiford, a senior defender from Apple Valley, Calif., was part of the Wesleyan defense that held opponents to just 12 goals all season and four in conference play. The Coyote defense also held opposing offenses to just 109 shots all season and 32 in conference play. Bodiford also posed an offensive threat, especially on set pieces as she scored six goals and handed out three assists during the year, with four goals coming in KCAC play.
Martinez, a freshman forward from Riverside, Calif., led the Coyotes and the KCAC in goals scored during the season with 14. Five of those goals came in one match on October 27 against Sterling College as she set a new KWU record for goals in a match and earned NAIA Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week honors. She led the KCAC in points scored in conference play with 20 and in goals with 10.
Orocio, a senior forward from Oxnard, Calif., scored 11 goals for the Coyotes this season so far and has two assists as well. She scored three goals in conference play, ranking her tied for 14th in that category in conference play only. Overall, her 11 goals ranked her fifth in the conference in goals scored and she ranked seventh in the KCAC in overall points per match (1.20).
Gomez, a freshman forward from Highland, Calif., scored four goals during the season, but did more in create opportunities for the Coyotes all season long. Her efforts all game long did not necessarily show up in the statistical categories, but her presence was definitely a factor on the field.
Toraya, a senior midfielder/defender from Oxnard, Calif., was all over the field for the Coyotes this season. Offensively, she scored nine goals, the third highest total on the team and had three assists, but she was also an extremely important piece of the Wesleyan defense that held opponents to just 12 goals all season and only four in conference play.
Nisperos, a senior forward from Fairfield, Calif., came off the bench for the Coyotes and was able to make an immediate impact at the forward position. She scored six goals and dished out four assists on the season. Coach Mike Dibbini often referred to Nisperos as a "sparkplug" player that was able to come into the match and provide an offensive spark for the Coyotes.
Barajas, a senior defender from Lancaster, Calif., was another key part of Wesleyan's defense at the outside back position. Barajas started and played all 18 matches of the regular season, helping the Coyotes hold opponents to just 12 goals all season long and hold conference opponents to just four goals.
Dibbini earned his sixth KCAC Women's Soccer Coach of the Year honor in 2012 in his eighth season leading the Coyotes. Through the end of the KCAC playoffs, Dibbini has a 125-29-14 overall record and a 67-3-2 mark in KCAC play. He has led the Coyotes to the second most wins in school history (19) so far this season and are just two wins away from tying the record of 21 set in 2007.
The Coyotes host Benedictine in the NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship Opening Round on Saturday at 4 p.m., at Salina Stadium. The winner of the Opening Round match will advance to the 2012 NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship, presented by the Sports Medicine Center at the Orthopedic Group, P.C., that begins November 26 and runs through December 1 at the Orange Beach Sportsplex in Orange Beach, Ala.