Raiders rewarded for solid season

One of the most successful seasons in SOU women's soccer history was topped off Tuesday when five Raiders received all-Cascade Conference recognition.

Alyssa Bricker and Sydney Paulsen pulled in first-team honors, Julie Zamzow made the second team, and Danielle Stave and Kylie Moltzen were given honorable mention. The Raiders went 10-6-3 overall and made the CCC tournament semifinals for the fourth straight year.

Bricker and Paulsen were integral in all four of those runs and made their biggest contributions as seniors in 2013. Bricker anchored a defense that set a school record with eight shutouts and allowed less than a goal per game, and Paulsen recorded team-bests of seven goals and three assists and had the game-winning strike in SOU's first postseason win since 2008. Bricker also made the first team in 2012 and Paulsen was on the second. Zamzow, a junior who will be graduating a year early, turned into one of SOU's most dangerous players in the latter half of the season, where she amassed all four of her goals. She came away with the first two-goal game of her career in a key road win at Eastern Oregon, then terrorized EOU again when she assisted both of the Raiders' scores in their quarterfinal win.

Stave, a senior defender, and Moltzen, a freshman goalkeeper, helped key a Raider team that allowed more than one goal just twice during conference play. Stave, who threw in two assists, was a four-year starter, and Moltzen is six shutouts away from tying the SOU career record after one season in the lineup.

Corban's Audrey Sullivan was named the offensive player of the year and Concordia's Sam Johnson took the grand prize on defense. Sullivan totaled 45 points with six game-winning goals and Johnson led a defense that surrendered an NAIA-low six goals.

Concordia midfielder of Bobbi Eckler was voted the top newcomer, and Eastern's Jen Simonetti and Corban's Marti Ziesemer were the co-coaches of the year.

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