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||
|Kali Youngdahl||JR||F||Cal Lutheran|
|Abby Onderwyzer Gold||JR||M||Pomona-Pitzer|
|Zandra Stewart||FR||D||Cal Lutheran|
|Bri Pinal||JR||F||Cal Lutheran|
|Sarah Tadeusiak||SO||M||Cal Lutheran|
|Olivia Leyva||JR||D||Cal Lutheran|