Nevada Union soccer has four named to all-league team |

Nevada Union soccer has four named to all-league team

Four girls from the Nevada Union soccer program were named to all-Capital Athletic League teams, as announced May 9.

Coaches could nominate their own players, but could not vote for them.

“It would have been very easy for the other coaches to shut us out, considering our record,” said NU coach Mike Voss, whose team finished 6-11-1 overall, 2-10-1 in the CAL. “But I think, based on our season (in 2001), that our program has gained some respect.”

Senior Mackenzie Murphy, who next year will play at Montana, was named first-team all-CAL. Murphy anchored a relatively young team, made a habit of shutting down players she was asked to mark, and occasionally showed offensive flair, such as her 75-yard run through, around and past four Bella Vista players for a goal.

“She was the heart and fire of our team,” Voss said. “She was an assistant coach, a team mom and had a great year. We weren ‘t as successful, and that was hard on her, but she did her job day in and day out.”

The Lady Miners also placed three on the honorable mention list. Senior goalkeeper Jamee Pau, an Olympic Development Program participant who will play at Cal-State Northridge next season, was selected.

“She made a number of saves for us and kept us in so many games,” Voss said. “I think the coaches recognized that she had to make between 10 and 15 saves all year long. She is very good.”

NU also had sophomores Meredith Ely and Lauren McQuiston named as honorable mention.

“Meredith really gets out all-purpose player award,” Voss said. “She marked very well, and in the first El Camino game, she ran through everybody for a score. Lauren got better and better in the last half of the season, and I think the coaches recognized that. She really took El Camino’s center midfielders out of their game the second time we played them.”

McKenzie Murphy<1st team

James Pau<Honorable mention

Meredith Ely<Honorable mention

Lauren McQuiston<Honorable mention

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