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Soccer Buzz Announces National and Regional Awards
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 10, 2005
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Soccer Buzz Magazine has announced its national and regional awards and the Wildcats were well recognized for their achievements this season.


Senior Lindsey 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.


Senior Candice Wilks was named to the publication’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.


Freshman McCall Smith was named first team freshman All-America by Soccer Buzz. 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.


The fourth Wildcat to receive honors from Soccer Buzz was freshman Kaity Heath. Heath was named a freshman honorable mention All-America selection. She was a vital part of the Wildcat defense where she started 19 games at the left back position. She was also an offensive contributor as she recorded one goal and four assists.


Wildcat head coach Dan Tobias was named Soccer Buzz’s West Region Head Coach of the Year. Tobias, in his second year with the program, guided the Wildcats to their first-ever share of the Pac-10 title. He led 13th-ranked Arizona to an overall record 15-5 and 6-3 in Pac-10 action. Arizona improved from worst (tied for ninth) to first (Pac-10 co-champions) in just one season. Tobias was also named the NSCAA/Adidas West Region Head Coach of the Year, making him one of six finalists for the National Head Coach of the Year honor, which will be announced on Jan. 15.


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