Tucson, Ariz. ?- National Coach of the Year Dan Tobias announced the Arizona women’s soccer awards on Wednesday. Junior Althea Jones was given the academic excellence award, seniors Lindsey Peeples and Candice Wilks were named co-most valuable players, in addition Peeples was named Defensive Outstanding Player with Wilks being named Offensive Outstanding Player. Freshman McCall Smith was named the rookie of the year, and juniors Jennifer Klein and Courtney Moseley were named most inspirational.
As the Academic Excellence Award winner, Jones played in all 21 matches for the Wildcats this season and contributed one goal and one assist on the season, including the lone score in the Wildcats’ 1-0 victory over then-No. 5 UCLA. Jones was also named as a second team Pac-10 All-Academic selection this season. She also earned a Pac-10 All-Academic honor in 2003 when she was given honorable mention accolades. She is a general biology major.
Peeples earned the team’s most valuable player award as well as the team’s most valuable defender award. Peeples was named to Soccer Buzz’s All-America third team as well as a first-team selection for the West Region. The All-America honor is the first for a UA player in the 10-year history of the program. Starting 18 games as a defender, she led a Wildcat defense that allowed only 11 goals all season. She was one of three co-captains for the team and also earned All-Pac-10 first team honors, as well as NSCAA/Adidas West Region second-team honors.
Wilks was named the team’s most valuable player in addition to being named the most valuable offensive player. Wilks was earlier named to Soccer Buzz’s West Region second team. She led the Wildcat offense this season with seven goals and four assists. Posting four game-winning goals, she was a vital part of the Wildcats’ first-ever postseason team. She was also a first-team All-Pac-10 selection making her the first player in the history of the program to earn conference accolades in all four seasons as a Wildcat. Additionally, she also earned NSCAA/Adidas West Region second team honors.
Smith, who was named first team freshman All-America by Soccer Buzz earlier this year, has been named the team’s most valuable rookie. As the starting goalkeeper, she recorded 11 shutouts while only allowing 11 goals against. She played every minute of the season and posted a 0.52 goals against average. She also earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors and was a third-team received a third-team NSCAA/Adidas selection.
Klein and Moseley both earned the team’s most inspirational award. Klein served as a tri-captain of the 2004 squad and started 18 of 20 games for the Wildcats. She had three goals and four assists on the season, including the lone goal in Arizona’s 1-0 victory over Colorado College. Her area of study is general biology. She also earned Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention honors this season. Moseley participated in seven games for the Wildcats as a midfielder. She recorded an assist in Arizona’s match against Fairleigh Dickinson on Sept. 3, 2004.
The 2004 Cats set or tied 31 school records, including most wins (15), most Pac-10 victories (6) and fewest opponent goals scored (11). Additionally, the Wildcats won the program’s first Pac-10 Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.
Academic Excellence ?- Althea Jones
Most Valuable Player ?- Candice Wilks and Lindsey Peeples
Most Valuable Player, Offense ?- Candice Wilks
Most Valuable Player, Defense ?- Lindsey Peeples
Rookie of the Year ?- McCall Smith
Most Inspirational ?- Jennifer Klein and Courtney Moseley