Laursen Tabbed Newcomer of the Year as Bulldog Women's Soccer Garners Four All-SCIAC Awards
The University of Redlands women's soccer program collected four All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) awards, with freshman midfielder Savannah Laursen (Boise, ID) headlining the quartet with her 2012 Newcomer of the Year nod. In addition, senior goalkeeperLinzey Smith (Anaheim Hills, CA), senior defender Ellie Harrington(Seattle, WA) and senior midfielder Kendall Pegan (Lafayette, CA) each landed on the All-SCIAC Second Team. The All-Conference winners are voted upon by the eight head coaches at their end-of-season meeting.
Laursen burst onto the scene as a first-year player with the Bulldogs, leading the team in goals (5) and assists (7) during SCIAC competition. With her impressive scoring prowess, she ranked tied-for-first in assists and tied-for-sixth in goals scored among the conference. Notching 17 points during 14 SCIAC games, Laursen landed third for points-per-game (1.21) and total points.
Smith collects her inaugural All-SCIAC award, impressing between the pipes all season long. Her 0.72 goals-against-average placed her fourth overall in the SCIAC while racking up the third-best save-percentage (0.842). Starting in every game for the Maroon and Gray, Smith notched 32 saves when competing against conference foes.
Collecting her inaugural All-SCIAC selection, Harrington was rock solid in the UR's defensive third. A starter in every contest for the Bulldogs, she scored her first goal in a Redlands uniform on October 6, volleying in a Laursen corner kick against Occidental College. Her defensive efforts helped the squad to amass an impressive 0.89 goals-against-average, ranking the team fourth in the conference in this category.
Serving as Redlands' playmaker in the middle of the park, Pegan acquires her second All-SCIAC honor in as many years. Landing second on the squad with three goals in conference action, she scored the crucial tying goal against Pomona-Pitzer Colleges on September 29, with just over six minutes left in regulation.
Redlands wrapped up the 2012 season with a 10-5-3 overall record and a 7-5-2 mark against SCIAC foes, finishing tied-for-fourth in the standings.
For a complete listing of the 2012 Women's All-SCIAC teams, please visit http://thesciac.org/sports/wsoc/2012-13/releases/all_sciac.