THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Junior defender Stephanie Gilbert and sophomore forward Taylor Will each earned NSCAA First Team All-West Region honors while teammates Lindsay Armenta and Mayra Virgen were selected to the Second Team announced Tuesday by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
In her first season for the Regals, Gilbert quickly established herself as one of the top defenders in the SCIAC. Playing primarily on the back line, Gilbert was a part of a defense that allowed just four goals in 14 conference games in addition to recording 10 shut-outs. The Thousand Oaks, Calif. native was also named First Team All-SCIAC in November.
Also named a Second Team All-America selection Tuesday, Will was named to the First Team All-West Region for the second consecutive year. Will led the SCIAC with 18 goals. The Santa Maria, Calif. native now has 37 career goals and has already recorded 10 multi-goal games. Not limited to just being a scorer, Will also has 11 assists through two seasons for CLU.
Armenta earns her second All-West Region honor in as many years. A 2011 First Team All-West Region selection, Armenta capped her two-year career with CLU in impressive fashion. The senior from Camarillo, Calif. scored three goals and one assist in 2012. The primary playmaker in the midfield for the Regals, Armenta led CLU to a third consecutive SCIAC regular season championship and its first NCAA Division III tournament win in over a decade.
Teaming up with Will, Virgen gave Cal Lutheran the top 1-2 offensive punch in the SCIAC. This is the first All-West Region honor for Virgen. The senior from Port Hueneme, Calif. finished with seven goals and seven assists in 2012. She was the only player in the conference to finish in the top six in both scoring and assists. Virgen concluded her career with 69 career starts and 25 goals while also being named First Team All-SCIAC in 2009 and Second Team in 2012.
The SCIAC was well represented on the All-Region teams. Chapman tied Cal Lutheran with four selections while Redlands finished with three. Pomona-Pitzer and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps each had two selections.