SCIAC Women's Soccer All-Conference Honors Announced

SCIAC Women's Soccer All-Conference Honors Announced

The 2019 All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Women's Soccer teams were announced Thursday following a vote conducted by the league's member head coaches.  

Pomona-Pitzer senior midfielder Bria VarnBuhler was tabbed the 2019 SCIAC Athlete of the Year and a First Team All-SCIAC selection for the second consecutive season. VarnBuhler netted 11 goals and three assists against conference competition during the regular season for a combined total of 25 points. The Santa Rosa, Calif. native had a pair of multi-goal games against Caltech on Oct. 12 and Whittier on Oct. 30, finding the back of the net twice in each of those contests. She finished the conference slate with three game-winning goals, highlighted by a 1-0 victory over Chapman on Oct. 23 as the Sagehens earned the top seed in the upcoming conference postseason tournament. 

Teammate Hannah Mandell was voted the SCIAC Newcomer of the Year and a First Team All-SCIAC honoree following an impressive debut campaign. Mandell logged nine goals and 18 points and played in all 12 SCIAC games. Mandell scored three times in a Sept. 28 win over Redlands and added a game-winning goal against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) to key Pomona-Pitzer's 1-0 win on Oct. 19.

The Award of Distinction recognizes a senior SCIAC women's soccer athlete for exemplary achievements through their higher education experience. Specifically it recognizes students who, while competing on their teams, have been recognized by coaches, officials, institutional administrators or others as making significant contributions representing their school and serving their communities based on the following criteria: advancing sportsmanship, balancing sports and major personal academic achievements, demonstrating behavior that models efforts of inclusion within their teams and those of their opponents, contributes to a sense of civility in society or otherwise innovatively elevates the profile of what participation in the SCIAC conference and as a Division III student-athlete can offer to the betterment of community.

Noelle Davis of Caltech was the 2019 SCIAC Award of Distinction winner. Davis tore her ACL this summer heading into her senior year. Even though she was sidelined, she played an important role as a leader this year, as Caltech continued to build its program in year three. Davis played on the men's team her freshman year and was instrumental in helping create the Caltech Women's Soccer Program in 2017. Her leadership, dedication and commitment to her team and academics and is paramount. Davis is studying electrical engineering with a focus on circuit design and embedded systems. She spent the last summer at the Jet Propulsion Lab (NASA) working on the telecommunication system for Europa Clipper and is currently developing a smart biosensor sticker in Caltech's Nanofabrication lab. She will purse a PhD in biomedical devices after graduation.

The 2019 SCIAC Coaching Staff of the Year honors went to Pomona-Pitzer's Jen Scanlon and the Sagehens' coaching staff. Scanlon, who also won the honor in 2016, led Pomona-Pitzer to a 15-1-1 overall regular season record, highlighted by an 11-1-0 mark in SCIAC play and the top seed in the upcoming SCIAC Postseason Tournament. During the 2019 season, Scanlon's squad posted 10 shutouts, as it outscored its opposition 32-4. 

SCIAC Athlete
of the Year
SCIAC Newcomer
of the Year
of Distinction
SCIAC Coaching
Staff of the Year
Bria VarnBuhler
Hannah Mandell
Noelle Davis
Jen Scanlon
First Team All-SCIAC
Name Institution Year Position Hometown
Bria VarnBuhler Pomona-Pitzer Sr. M Santa Rosa, Calif.
Isa Berardo Pomona-Pitzer Sr. GK Santa Cruz, Calif.
Zandra Stewart Cal Lutheran Sr. D Santa Maria, Calif.
Brianna Lau Pomona-Pitzer Sr. D Oakland, Calif.
Gracyn Buenconsejo CMS So. D Pearl City, Hawai'i
Caroline Kearney Occidental So. D San Mateo, Calif.
Rhiann Holman CMS Sr. M San Diego, Calif.
Chiara Serafini Occidental Fy. M Edmonds, Wash.
Emily Falla Redlands Jr. M Woodinville, Wash.
Emily Tomz Pomona-Pitzer So. M Palo Alto, Calif.
Anna Montemor Chapman Jr. F Snohomish, Wash.
Alexandra Fagerberg Cal Lutheran Jr. F Austin, Texas
Hannah Mandell Pomona-Pitzer Fy. F Frisco, Texas
Mandy Crawford  Cal Lutheran Fy. F Simi Valley, Calif.
Second Team All-SCIAC
Name Institution Year Position Hometown
Sarah Tocher  CMS Sr. F Seattle, Wash.
Faith Holloway Chapman Sr. D Rocklin, Calif.
Anaise Nugent Occidental Fy. F Sierra Madre, Calif.
Alexa Soto Cal Lutheran So. GK Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Rilee Mezenen Redlands So. D Salt Lake City, Utah
Alina Cobian La Verne Sr. M Covina, Calif.
Vanessa Martinez Whittier So. GK La Mirada, Calif.
Trinity Martinez Cal Lutheran Jr. D Northridge, Calif.
Riley Pidgeon Chapman Jr. M San Diego, Calif.
Danielle Vis Cal Lutheran So. F Simi Valley, Calif.
Eva Vlassopoulos Redlands Jr. M Portland, Ore.
Alexa Groesser Redlands Sr. F Denver, Colo.
Krystin Brown  Caltech Jr. F Lake Forest, Calif.