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Women’s soccer: Pac-12 honors three Washington State players

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 7, 2017, 7:29 p.m.

Ella Dederick, Morgan Weaver and Elyse Bennett of NCAA Tournament-bound Washington State received All-Pac-12 Conference women’s soccer honors, the conference announced Tuesday.

Dederick, the Cougars’ redshirt junior goalkeeper, recorded 10 shutouts this season, including four against teams ranked in the Top 25, to make the third team. Dederick played every minute for WSU and allowed just 15 goals while producing 54 saves. She had a 1-0 shutout against second-ranked UCLA on Oct. 19.

Weaver, a sophomore, led the Cougars in scoring with six goals, including four winners, and also made the third team. She added two assists, both setting up goals by Bennett.

Dederick and Weaver previously received All-Freshman honors.

Bennett made the All-Freshman team after recording five points in conference play. She scored her first collegiate goal on Oct. 22 against then-No. 6 USC and scored a winner four days later against Arizona State.

The Cougars (9-7-3) will open NCAA Tournament play at 4 p.m. Saturday in Orlando, Florida, against Central Florida (13-1-3).

  • Gonzaga’s Madeline Gotta, India Jencks and Jordan Thompson earned All-West Coast Conference honors. Gotta, a sophomore, was named to the second team after tying for fourth in the conference with five assists. She added four goals and ranked fourth on the Bulldogs with 13 points. The San Diego native is the first GU player named to the WCC’s first or second team since Karley Baggerly earned second-team honors in 2015. Jencks, a redshirt sophomore, received honorable mention after scoring a team-high nine goals, the most by a Bulldogs player since Nanda McCormick’s nine in 2005. She added two assists and finished with 20 points. Thompson made the conference’s All-Freshman team. She started all 19 matches and played a team-high 1,707 minutes. Bri Visalli of regular-season champion Pepperdine was named WCC Player of the Year.

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