Ten Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) women's soccer student-athletes represented the conference on the United Soccer Coaches All-West Region teams as recently announced by the organization.
Five players were honored as First Team All-West Region, including goalkeeper Sydney Tomlinson, defender Karla Alas-Lopez, and midfielder Nicole Castro of Occidental, and midfielder Bria VarnBuhler and defender Sarah Jones of Pomona-Pitzer. Jones was also voted the SCIAC Athlete of the Year.
Defender Zandra Stewart of California Lutheran, and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) midfielder Sarah Malott were voted Second Team All-West Region, while Redlands' defender Abby Nordquist and forward Eva Vlassopoulos joined Regals' forward Danielle Vis on the all-region third team.
The 2018 SCIAC Athlete of the Year, Jones helped Pomona-Pitzer secure the top seed in the SCIAC Postseason Tournament and advance to the tournament final by anchoring a backline that allowed just seven goals all season and stake 13 clean sheets. She contributed two goals, while VarnBuhler was the Sagehens' leading scorer with nine markers during the 2018 campaign. Both players garnered First Team All-SCIAC praise.
The Occidental trio of Tomlinson, Alas-Lopez and Castro also received First Team All-SCIAC recognition as they helped the Tigers to the third seed in the conference tournament and an eventual tournament championship - the program's first. Tomlinson was superb between the posts during the year, registering 11 shutouts, 83 saves, a .922 save percentage, and a 0.37 goals-against average. Castro provided a goal from her midfield position, while Alas-Lopez helped anchor the Tigers' defense.
Stewart - a First Team All-SCIAC defender - paced the Cal Lutheran backline which kept 13 clean sheets during the 2018 campaign. She added an assist, while Vis - a second team all-league forward - potted three goals and two assists in her debut season helping the Regals clinch the second seed in the SCIAC tournament. The Redlands pair of Vlassapoulos and Nordquist propelled the Bulldogs to the fourth seed in the conference tournament as Vlassopoulos collected six goals and three assists, while defender Nordquist chipped in a goal. Both were named First Team All-SCIAC.
Rounding out the all-region selections was CMS's Malott who also received First Team All-Conference recognition. Despite narrowly missing the league tournament, Malott was a catalyst in the Athenas' midfield, notching two goals and two assists, while helping the defense post 11 shutouts.