The SCIAC Announces Women's Soccer All-Conference Awards

The SCIAC Announces Women's Soccer All-Conference Awards

The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) has announced its 2016 women's soccer end of the year awards, as voted upon by the league's 8 head coaches. The awards include Player, Newcomer and Coach of the Year; First Team, Second Team and the Award of Distinction.

Nadia Alaiyan was named the SCIAC women's soccer Athlete of the Year in 2016. The senior defender anchored the Pomona-Pitzer defensive line with a 0.26 team goals-against average. Alaiyan is a key player on the Saghen backline that did not allow a single goal against on their home field and only 4 total in SCIAC play.

Freshman Brianna Lau is honored with the title Newcomer of the Year. The Pomona-Pitzer defender played in 17 of 18 matches for the strong defensive Sagehens starting in every SCIAC match. The attack-minded outside back has tremendous speed and fitness, crunching tackles and a highly technical skill set, posting three goals from the back line.

Traci Ramirez played in all 18 games for La Verne this season. The honors Biology student concentrating on Pre-Med is a health scholar with vast volunteer experience. The Leopard has volunteered as a coach with American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), as a student-athlete volunteer with Special Olympics and as a student volunteer at Chino Valley Medical Center.

The Pomona-Pitzer coaching staff have been recognized as the SCIAC Coaching Staff of the Year. The team finished the regular season at the top of the SCIAC standings with an outstanding 2016 season. Head Coach Jennifer Scanlon is in her 12th season with the Sagehens advancing to their second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship Tournament.

Athlete of the Year

Newcomer of the Year

Award of Distinction

Coaching Staff of the Year

Nadia Alaiyan Brianna Lau Traci Ramirez

Jennifer Scanlon
Head Coach 


Pomona-Pitzer La Verne



First Team      
Julie Khil SR F Occidental
Kali Youngdahl JR F Cal Lutheran
Katelyn Faust SR F Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Laynee Laube SR M Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Katie Tao SR M Pomona-Pitzer 
Kaela Reisfelt SR M Whittier
Abby Onderwyzer Gold JR M Pomona-Pitzer 
Lauren Bay SO M Redlands
Nadia Alaiyan SR D Pomona-Pitzer 
Jacey Coniff JR D Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Zandra Stewart FR D Cal Lutheran
Grace Sponaugle SO D Occidental
Brianna Lau FR D Pomona-Pitzer
Corey Goelz SR GK Pomona-Pitzer
Second Team      
Natasha Thornton-Clark JR F Pomona-Pitzer 
Peri Cuppens SO F Pomona-Pitzer
Bri Pinal JR F Cal Lutheran
Danika Bethune SR F Pomona-Pitzer
Sarah Tadeusiak SO M Cal Lutheran
Lindsay Erl SO M Chapman
Kylie Takafuji SR M Occidental
Amy Johnson SR D Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Jennifer Muise SO D Whittier
Faith Holloway FR D Chapman
Olivia Leyva JR D Cal Lutheran
Kristin Kleinow SR  GK Chapman
Alexi Cruz SR GK Whittier