TUCSON, Ariz -- The University of Arizona women's soccer program announced its team awards for the 2000 season on Wednesday. Junior defender Cassidy Guinn was named Most Valuable Player, freshman forward Sierra Cristiano was chosen Most Improved Player, and freshman forward Liz Bartlett was named Newcomer of the Year. Senior defender Niki Aguiar received the Coach's Award.
Cassidy Guinn anchored the Wildcat defense this year. She started 18 of the season's 20 matches, missing two games because of injury, and had one shot.
With three goals and one assist (seven points), Sierra Cristiano finished the year in third place on the UA scoring chart. A starter in all but one match, she was also third on the team with 24 shots. Cristiano scored all three of her goals in the final four matches of the season.
Liz Bartlett made an immediate impact as a rookie by finishing the season as Arizona's leading scorer, with five goals and one assist (11 points). Despite missing the final two matches of the year because of illness, Bartlett led the Cats in shots as well, with 43. She notched three of her goals during a three-game span midway through the season, including the both goals of a 2-1 win over Long Island on Sept. 29.
Niki Aguiar was in her first active season as a Wildcat, playing in nine matches with one shot. She was redshirted last year because of injury after transferring to the UA from Wyoming.
The Wildcats ended the 2000 season with a 3-15-2 overall mark under first-year head coach Cathy Klein.