Three Laramie County Community College Golden Eagles women’s soccer players were named to the United Soccer Coaches all-american team.
Sophomore forward Nikita Woods and freshman Katie Loken were named to the first team, and sophomore Abby Morillon, a former journalist with Wingspan, was named to the second team. The group of girls chosen to the teams consist of three different levels: First team, second team, and honorable mention.
There are only two teams that consist of 11 women on each team, out of thousands of collegiate women soccer players around the country. This prestigious award shows who the best is at their position.
“This honor is decided by a committee of athletic directors and coaches who send in the stats from their team, then each committee come up with a list,” said Jim Gardner, women’s head soccer coach. ”Sometimes these lists match and sometimes they don’t, but they then agree upon the list”
Gardner led the Eagles to a 17-2 record with a Region IX and District title as well.
“The girls earned this award and it’s a high achievement for them,” Gardner said.
The committee honors players based on experience, playing time, and their statistics for that year. The committee announced the teams right before LCCC went to winter break.
Woods and Morillon said this award is at the top of their lists.
“This is definitely one of the best honors I’ve received because it reassures that I made the right choice in choosing to play soccer at a junior college, and I couldn’t be happier with how everything is working out,” Loken said.
Commonly thanking and letting the ones who matter the most know first is what is most important, the three players said.
“I rang my parents as soon as I found out,” Woods said.
Morillon said she jumped for joy as if she won the District Title again.
Excitement came right away for Loken.
“I found out beginning of December after checking my email, I was really surprised,” Loken said. “It was such a great feeling and I immediately called my parents”
The award is among certain girls, that know what it was like to be a team player.
“I think that (the award) speaks to how much of a selfless team we had,” Loken said, “This is also good for LCCC soccer because we can continue to recruit good players because they can see the team success.”
Gardner, for 14 years, has had All- Americans come from his team.
“Shows the tradition, ability to recruit kids, and the success we have had as a program not for just one or two years but steady overall,” Gardner said.