Head coach Jenni Rosenberg accepted more kudos on behalf of the Southern Oregon University women's soccer team from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Thursday in Los Angeles.
Rosenberg, who in her third full season in 2016 led the Raiders to their first Cascade Conference championship, was honored as the NSCAA NAIA West Regional Coach of the Year. Four SOU seniors have also earned All-West Region recognition — midfielder Presley Lambert, forward Megan McArthur and defender Megan Smith made the first team, and goalkeeper Kylie Moltzen landed on the second.
The All-Region first and second teams consisted of 11 players each.
Previously, McArthur and Smith were named honorable mention NAIA All-Americans. McArthur was also the CCC offensive player of the year, Rosenberg the CCC coach of the year, and all four players were CCC all-stars.
Picked to finish fifth in the preseason, the Raiders shared the conference regular-season title with Carroll (Mont.) by going 9-2 and posted an overall record of 13-6-1. They were eliminated in the CCC tournament semifinals by Northwest (Wash.), which went on to appear in the national semifinals.
McArthur, a forward from San Jose, Calif., was a two-time all-conference selection and the CCC's 2016 offensive player of the year. She ended the year with 10 goals (including a CCC-best six game-winners) and three assists, giving her 21 goals and eight assists in her SOU career. She ranks fifth on the Raiders' all-time goals list and sixth in points.
Smith, a defender from Elk Grove, Calif., headed an SOU back line that produced record-breaking numbers. The Raiders shut out 13 opponents, the most in team history by a margin of three, and had seven in a row at one point in conference play. They held CCC foes to just 3.5 shots on goal per game.
Lambert, a two-time all-conference selection, recorded one goal and a team-high four assists. She finished up at SOU with 12 goals and eight assists and started the final 71 games of her career.
Moltzen finished with a league-high save percentage of .947 in conference games, allowing just two goals — one of which was a penalty kick. She's had 10 solo shutouts and shared two overall this year, breaking her own SOU record, and also tallied a school-record career total of 26 ½ shutouts.