Small earns WAC Freshman of the Year
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 11/04/2009
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DENVER - Record-setting Idaho freshman Chelsea Small has been selected the Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year for women's soccer, as announced by the league Wednesday.

In addition to her WAC Freshman of the Year honor, she was also chosen to the all-WAC First Team. She is the first Idaho player to earn either honor in the WAC.

Small, a first-year forward from Solana Beach, Calif. (Torrey Pines HS), led the Vandals with eight goals and four assists on the year, for a freshman-record-tying total of 20 points. Emily Nelson also scored 20 points in 2000 with nine goals and two assists.

Small led the WAC with 101 shots for the season. In addition to being the best in the conference it is also an Idaho school record. The previous record, also formerly held by Nelson, was 70 shots in 2002. Small's eight goals and 20 points are also tied for fourth and her two game-winners and four assists are tied for fifth in Idaho single-season history.

Small was the only Vandal player represented on the all-WAC teams and she was the only freshman to earn first-team mention.

Offensive Player of the Year: Shantel Flanary, So., F, Utah State
Defensive Player of the Year: Jessica Ingram, So., D, San Jose State
Freshman of the Year: Chelsea Small, Fr., F, Idaho
Coach of the Year: Jeff Leightman, San Jose State

First Team all-WAC
Emmy Belding, F, Sr., San Jose State
Shantel Flanary, F, So., Utah State
Roxy Kamal, F, Sr., San Jose State
Chelsea Small, F, Fr., Idaho
Hallsie Pacheco, MF, Sr., San Jose State
Mari Punzal, MF, Jr., Hawai'i
Chandra Salmon, MF, So., Utah State
Jessica Ingram, D, So., San Jose State
Lindsay Roberts, D, So., Boise State
Lindsey Smart, D, Sr., Utah State
Katie Graul, GK, Sr., New Mexico State

Second Team all-WAC
Natalie Ratnavira, F, So., Nevada
Shannon Saxton, F, Jr., Boise State
Ambree Ako, F, Sr., Hawai'i
Britta Bourne, F, Sr., Hawai'i
Brandy Hickcox, MF, So., Boise State
Molly Nizzoli, MF, So., Fresno State
Jazmin Cardoso, MF, Fr., New Mexico State
Kendall VanDine, D, So., Fresno State
Vanessa Gonzales, D, Fr., Fresno State
Annabelle Allen, D, So., Nevada
Nina Butera, GK, Jr., San Jose State

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