COLLEGE: Our all-area teams
UCLA's Chandler Hoffman scored goals by the bunches on a quest to go home. Nadia Link netted nearly as many to take Long Beach State to unprecedented heights. Christian Ramirez dazzled for Concordia. And Fabiola da Silva prodded Cal Baptist to a national championship.
They're ESPN Los Angeles College Players of the Year after superb fall campaigns on local fields.
We selected men's and women's teams, one for players from 10 local NCAA Division I institutions and another for players from 24 NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and unaffiliated schools.
Our coaches of the year in Division I are Junior Gonzalez, who led the remarkable turnaround by UC Riverside's men, and Tim Ward, whose Pepperdine women were a top-five team during the regular season. In the lower divisions, it's Ralph Perez, who took Redlands' men to 20 wins and NCAA Division III third-round berth, and Kristen St. Clair, who presided over a superb transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II, with the Pacific West Conference title and National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association Division I national crown.
The freshmen of the year: Cal State Northridge's Edwin Rivas and UCLA's Abby Dahlkemper in D1, Cal Baptist's Michael Salazar and Cal Lutheran's Taylor Will in D2/D3/NAIA.
Here are our inaugural postseason all-star teams:
Brian Rowe (UCLA): Senior from Eugene, Ore., follows in the rich tradition of Bruins netminders, was a second-team All-American after posting 12 shutouts en route to the NCAA final four.
James Kiffe (UC Santa Barbara): Senior from Santa Barbara (San Marcos HS/Santa Barbara City College) was a terror on the left flank, selected Big West Defender of the Year with All-Far Region first-team honors.
Everett Pitts (UC Irvine): Junior center back from Chino Hills (Ayala HS) anchored the backline for the Anteaters, who won the Big West “double,” adding the tournament title to their regular-season crown.
Shawn Singh (UCLA): Left back from Bakersfield made a significant contribution, especially down the stretch, as the Bruins evolved into a final-four team, was invited, like Rowe and Kiffe, to the MLS Player Combine.
Matt Wiet (UCLA): Junior center back from Columbus, Ohio, made a huge impact upon transferring from Indiana, bolstering the Bruins at the back and receiving All-Far West third-team acclaim.
Miguel Ibarra (UC Irvine): Tricky playmaker from Lancaster (Lancaster HS) was the engine behind UC Irvine's run to the Big West title, a top-10 ranking and a return to the NCAA playoffs. First-team All-American, who totaled nine goals and eight assists, next appears at MLS's Player Combine.
Andy Rose (UCLA): Senior holding midfielder from Bristol, England, was the primary leader of the Bruins, a two-way force who won second-team All-Far West honors and an invitation to the MLS Player Combine.
Kelyn Rowe (UCLA): Sophomore from Federal Way, Wash., a skilled playmaker with freedom to roam, was the Pac-12 MVP and a second-team All-Far West pick after contributing six goals and 10 assists to the NCAA semifinalists. He's expected to turn pro.
Luis Silva (UC Santa Barbara): Senior from Los Angeles (Salesian HS) was an offensive force for the Gauchos, scoring 17 goals with 10 assists, receiving first-team All-America attention and receiving an MLS Player Combine invitation.
Cesar Diaz-Pizarro (UC Riverside): Senior from Chino (Ayala HS) was Big West Co-Offensive Player of the Year and a second-team All-Far West pick after netting nine goals for the Highlanders, critical in the team's turnaround (from 6-11-1 to 9-6-4, with two wins over UC Santa Barbara and another vs. UC Irvine).
Chandler Hoffman (UCLA): Junior from Birmingham, Ala., was nearly unstoppable up top, scoring 18 goals and assisting six more to lead the Bruins to the Pac-12 title and NCAA semis and claim third-team All-America status. Signed a Generation adidas contract with MLS.
DIVISIONS II/III AND NAIA
Aaron Fenlason (Biola, NAIA): Senior from Rancho Bernardo, in San Diego County, was a third-team NAIA All-American -- his second All-America honor -- after leading the Eagles to the GSAC Tournament title and into the NAIA tournament.
Taylor Rivas (Cal State L.A., D2): Senior from Lancaster (Lancaster HS), a UC Santa Barbara transfer, was the CCAA's Defender of the Year and a second-team All-West Region selection for his work spurring the Golden Eagles to the conference's South Division and tournament titles and to the NCAA Division II quarterfinals.
Cody Shelton (Biola, NAIA): Senior from Joshua Tree (Yucca Valley HS) contributed four goals, four assists and fine defensive work to the GSAC tournament champs and received NAIA All-America honorable mention.
Lucas Young (Azusa Pacific, NAIA): Senior from Glen Ellyn, Ill., a towering center back, was an All-NCCAA selection after leading the Cougars into the NAIA tournament's second round.
Juan Mejia (Cal Poly Pomona, D2): Senior from Guanajuato, Mexico, and Paramount (Paramount HS/Cerritos College) was huge for the Broncos, assisting five goals and receiving third-team All-West Region honors.
William Prado (Concordia, NAIA): Junior from Anaheim (Loara HS/Long Beach City College) led the area, by a significant margin, with 18 assists in 17 games, plus eight goals, to receive NAIA All-America honorable mention and All-West Region acclaim.
Jorge Serrano (The Master's, NAIA): Junior from Sylmar (Sylmar HS/College of the Canyons) scored 10 goals with 12 assists and was an All-NCCAA selection after leading the Mustangs to the regional finals of the NCCAA tournament.
Osvaldo Batista (Cal Baptist, D2): Senior from Anaheim (Katella HS) scored 11 goals with four assists to lead the Lancers to the Pacific West co-championship and NCCAA national title, and he received All-NCCAA and third-team Division II All-West Region honors.
Rosario Bras (Cal State L.A., D2): Junior from Guadalupe, west of Santa Maria, was the deadly supersub for the CCAA South Division/tournament champs, scoring 11 goals with five assists while starting just five games en route to the D2 quarters. He was the conference's Newcomer of the Year and a second-team All-West Region selection.
Luis Gonzalez (Cal Poly Pomona, D2): Senior from Long Beach (Millikan HS/Cerritos College) scored 14 goals in 17 games, was the CCAA's Offensive Player of the Year and an All-West Region second-teamer.
Christian Ramirez (Concordia, NAIA): Junior from Garden Grove (La Quinta HS), a UC Santa Barbara transfer, scored 18 goals with 12 assists in 19 games and was an All-West Region selection after leading the Eagles to the brink of the NAIA tournament.
Roxanne Barker (Pepperdine): Junior from Irvine (Woodbridge HS), a South African national-teamer, was a rock in the back for the Waves, shutting out nine foes and conceding just a dozen goals to claim third team All-West Region honors.
Alex Balcer (Long Beach State): Junior from Tucson, Ariz., was the backline leader for the 49ers, a second-team All-West Region selection whose dead-ball service was crucial in the march to the NCAA quarterfinals.
Abby Dahlkemper (UCLA): Freshman sensation from Menlo Park anchored the Bruins' backline and won third-team All-America and first-team All-Pacific Region awards.
CoCo Goodson (UC Irvine): Center back from Ramona, in San Diego County, was the Big West's Defensive Player of the Year and a second-team All-American after leading the Anteaters to the conference title and into the NCAA tournament.
Michelle Pao (Pepperdine): Sophomore from Cupertino, a dynamic right back who caused foes fits with her flank runs, was a second-team All-American.
Zakiya Bywaters (UCLA): Junior from Las Vegas, Nev., is skilled and versatile, and she assisted six goals for the Bruins to earn first-team All-Pacific Region honors.
Laura Cole (Pepperdine): Senior from Whittier (La Habra HS) was a crucial veteran presence for the Waves, who lost just once in the regular season en route to a West Coast Conferene co-championship and top-10 ranking. She scored seven goals playing up front and in midfield.
Judy Christopher (UC Irvine): Senior from Ontario (Upland HS) was a force in the middle for the Anteaters, a ballwinning midfielder who contributed mightily on both sides of the ball and won first-team All-West Region mention.
Shawna Gordon (Long Beach State): Senior from Rancho Cucamonga (Los Osos HS) is an unflappable central midfielder and the 49ers' primary linking player, a problem-solver who played deeper this year, scored seven goals with 10 assists, and was a first-team All-West Region pick.
Sydney Leroux (UCLA): Senior from Vancouver, British Columbia, via Phoenix scored 16 goals to lead the Bruins and receive first-team All-America recognition. She's on the cusp of the U.S. national women's team and might be the best forward available in the WPS draft.
Nadia Link (Long Beach State): Junior from Rowland Heights (Walnut HS) scored 16 goals with 10 assists, in oft-spectacular fashion, to lead the 49ers' attack. She was a third-team All-American.
DIVISIONS II/III AND NAIA
Jessie Walworth (Cal State L.A., D2): Senior from Phoenix posted 10 shutouts, surrendered just 12 goals in 21 games -- and with an 88.3 save percentage -- to claim All-West region third-team honors.
Jacqueline Hannah (Cal State L.A., D2): Senior from Orange (El Modena HS/Santiago Canyon HS) was the backline leader for the Golden Eagles, leading them to the third round of the NCAA Division II tournament and winning first-team All-West region selection.
Molly Lavin (Azusa Pacific, NAIA): Versatile junior from Redmond, Wash., scored six goals -- four of them game-winners -- while toiling in midfield and in the back, helping the Cougars to the GSAC tournament title and into the semifinals of the NAIA tournament. She was a second-team NAIA All-American.
Audrey McKay (Concordia, NAIA): Junior from Fullerton (Sunny Hills HS) was a first-team All-West Region selection after lanchoring the Eagles' backline, leading them to the NAIA tournament.
Fabiola Zanella da Silva (Cal Baptist, D2): Senior from Curitiba, Brazil, scored 13 goals with 10 assists and was the NCCAA tournament MVP after leading the Lancers to the national title. She picked up NCCAA All-America and Division II All-West Regional second-team honors.
Markie Gleason (Azusa Pacific, NAIA): Junior from Lake Forest (El Toro HS), a Long Beach State transfer, was a first-team NAIA All-American after leading the Cougars to the GSAC tourney crown and the NAIA final four.
Lisa Öhberg (Cal State L.A., D2): Senior from Uddevalla, Sweden, was the Golden Eagles' top scorer, with eight goals, and an All-West Regional second-team selection.
Sinead Vaughan (Cal Lutheran, D3): Senior from Simi Valley (Royal HS), a Cal State Northridge transfer (via Moorpark College), was primary orchestrator of the Regals' 20-win season, including an unbeaten run to the SCIAC regular-season and tournament championships and a berth in the NCAA Division III tournament. She was a third-team All-American for the second time.
Jessica Murphy (Cal State Dominguez Hills, D2): Senior from Torrance (West Torrance HS) scored 15 goals in 18 games, was the CCAA Most Valuable Offensive Player and an All-West Region second-teamer. Five of her goals were game-winners for the team that won just nine times.
Kylee Nicassio (Cal Baptist, D2): Senior from Alta Loma (Los Osos HS) set school career scoring records by tallying 15 times with nine assists as the Lancers won the Pacific West Conference title and the NCCAA national championship. She was an NCCAA All-American.
Taylor Will (Cal Lutheran, D3): Freshman from Santa Maria scored 19 goals with eight assits in 20 games to help the Regals to the SCIAC championships. She was the conference's Newcomer of the Year and an All-West Region first-teamer.
PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
Men: Chandler Hoffman (UCLA)
Women: Nadia Link (Long Beach State)
Men: Christian Ramirez (Concordia)
Women: Fabiola Zanella da Silva (Cal Baptist)
COACHES OF THE YEAR
Men: Junior Gonzalez (UC Riverside)
Women: Tim Ward (Pepperdine)
Divisions II/III and NAIA
Men: Ralph Perez (Redlands)
Women: Kristen St. Clair (Cal Baptist)
FRESHMEN OF THE YEAR
Men: Edwin Rivas (Cal State Northridge)
Women: Abby Dahlkemper (UCLA)
Divisions II/III and NAIA
Men: Michael Salazar (Cal Baptist)
Women: Taylor Will (Cal Lutheran)