SAN RAFAEL, Calif. - Seven members of the University of California San Diego women's soccer team were named Wednesday morning to the 2016 Division 2 Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) All-West Region First Team, with junior forward Katie O'Laughlin (Carlsbad/Pacific Ridge School) earning the top honor of D2CCA West Region Player of the Year.
UC San Diego took up seven of the 13 spots on the first team, with all seven Tritons now moving on to the ballot for D2CCA All-America, to be announced in two weeks.
Joining O'Laughlin on that first team were senior co-captains Meghan Berry (Austin, Texas/San Diego Miramar College/Mt. Carmel HS) and Kiera Bocchino, alongside Makenzie Brito, Itzel Gonzalez, Jordyn McNutt (San Diego/University City HS) and Mary Reilly (Chula Vista/Hilltop HS).
Across the two awards programs that bestow All-West Region and subsequently All-America distinction, the seven selections, and of course the seven first-teamers, are UCSD records. Previous highs were six and five, respectively. O'Laughlin is the Tritons' first West Region Player of the Year since former goalkeeper Kristin Armstrong back in 2011, when Daktronics was the name sponsor.
McNutt is a repeat first-teamer who garnered D2CCA All-America honorable mention a year ago, with Berry, O'Laughlin and Reilly having made the second team.
O'Laughlin leads the West Region in both goals (16) and points (41) in a spectacular junior season for the ninth-ranked California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) regular-season and tournament champion Tritons. She is one goal shy of matching Triton great Erika Alfredson's single-season record for the program's Division II era, from 2001, having equaled her points mark just this past Saturday with three more.
O'Laughlin and Berry were the CCAA Offensive Player of the Year and CCAA Defensive Player of the Year, respectively. As the center back, Berry has anchored a unit ranked No. 7 in the nation with a 0.428 goals-against average. Gonzalez is eighth in individual GAA, with a league-best 15 shutouts to the senior goalie's credit.
Reilly is tied for second regionally behind only her strike partner with her career-high 13 goals. Just like O'Laughlin, the sophomore has added nine assists, and is the league leader in shots by a hefty margin (31) for the second year running. McNutt is atop the CCAA in assists for a third straight season, collecting a career-best 12. She is No. 1 in the West and tied for eighth nationally, and has scored five times as well.
Bocchino is fourth on the team with 21 points from eight goals and five assists, all career-high totals for the fifth-year Triton. Brito has grabbed the right back position all to her own in her third go-around in the program, and has contributed offensively, too, to the tune of one goal and four assists.
The seven Tritons recognized have appeared in each of 21 contests in 2016, and all have started every single one, with the exception of McNutt, a junior, coming off the bench on Senior Day back on Oct. 16.
UC San Diego, the West Region's No. 2 seed for the NCAA Championship, arrived in Golden, Colo., late Tuesday night, and awaits a marquee showdown for the West crown against top-ranked and top-seeded Western Washington on the campus of host Colorado School of Mines this Friday, Nov. 18, at 1:30 p.m. PT.
The Tritons are 19-2 and winners of 16 straight since a 3-2 loss at Western Washington back on Sept. 14. The undefeated Vikings (20-0-1) have reeled off 20 consecutive victories since a season-opening draw.