|Small, Flockhart earn All-Region|
MOSCOW, Idaho - University of Idaho women's soccer players Jill Flockhart and Chelsea Small were honored this week on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Performance Subaru All-West Region team.
Small was a second-team all-region selection, while Flockhart earned a third-team spot. Both are the first Vandals to earn the distinction.
"It comes down to the team getting recognized for its performances, and then individuals within the team getting recognized for what they produce, game in and game out," Idaho head coach Pete Showler said of the honors. "Each of them would be the first to say that they earned their awards because their teammates made them better, and I'm a great believer in that."
Flockhart, a sophomore midfielder from Salmon Arm, B.C., Canada (Salmon Arm Secondary), was also a first-team all-Western Athletic Conference pick this season. She scored two goals and assisted four more this season, with 23 shot attempts.
Small adds another honor to her laundry list of accomplishments this season. The sophomore forward from Solana Beach, Calif. (Torrey Pines HS) was the 2010 WAC Offensive Player of the Year and earned first-team all-WAC, second-team ESPN Academic All-America and first-team ESPN Academic All-District honors this season.
Small finished the season tied for 21st in the NCAA in total goals (13), tied for 33rd in the nation in points per game (1.43) and led the WAC with eight game-winning goals. She set Idaho school records in total goals, total points (30), game-winning goals and shots (121), while her 58 shots in WAC contests tied a conference record.
"They've been recognized by people not only in the Northwest, but in the whole West region, for what they've achieved, and that doesn't happen by chance," Showler said. "They both deserve it and I think it's a great reflection of what the team has achieved."
Flockhart's and Small's honors wrap up a season of firsts for the Idaho women. The Vandals went 14-7 overall and 5-3 in WAC play with a third-place finish. They set a school record for total victories and tied the school record for conference wins. Idaho garnered NSCAA regional rankings throughout the season for the program's first time, and qualified for the team's first conference tournament.