January 16, 2007
UCSC Women's Soccer Recognized for a Successful Season
It was a special season for UCSC Women's Soccer filled with exceptional achievements. The team would let nothing stand in their way finishing with an undefeated record of 17-0-4 and advancing to the NCAA Championship Tournament for the first time since 2002.
Many of the Lady Slugs were recognized nationally for their tremendous hard work throughout the 2006 season. Leading the squad up front was UCSC Forward Annick Lamb, a sophomore from Santa Barbara, Ca, who scored 20 goals and 1 assist, including 10 game-winning goals. She was named to the NSCAA All-Far West Region 1st team, named to the NSCAA/Adidas Division III All-America 2nd team, (http://www.nscaa.com/articles/20061207153846137.php), and awarded the honor of Offensive Player of the Year by the Association of Division III Independents. Her outstanding speed and ability to finish under pressure sets her apart. This is her second selection to the All-West Region Team, as she was named to the Second Team her freshman year.
Captain Katie Loomis, a junior goalkeeper from Tacoma, WA, had a spectacular season in net only allwoing two goals. She was named to the NSCAA All-Far West Region 2nd team and honored as the Goalkeeper of the Year by the Association of Division III Independents
Head Coach Michael Runeare has accumulated a (47-4- 9) 30-4-5 record over four seasons with the Lady Slugs. He was chosen as the 2006 NSCAA/Adidas West Region Coach of the Year (http://www.nscaa.com/articles/20061221133839153.php) for these remarkable efforts. Coach Runeare is now eligible for the selection of NSCAA/adidas Division III National Coach of the Year, which will be announced on Jan. 12th at the annual NSCAA Awards Banquet.
Coach Runeare attributes much of this group's success to their dedication and cohesiveness both on and off the field. A demanding travel schedule requires the student-athlete to find that sensitive time balance between the classroom and soccer. The Lady Slugs stepped up to the challenge once again. They were honored with the Team Academic Award for Exceptional Academic performance by finishing the fall quarter with an overall team GPA of 3.21 (http://www.nscaa.com/articles/20061212135744140.php). With only one senior graduating, the UCSC Women's Soccer program looks forward with excitement, only to build on their incredible accomplishments of the 2006 season.