Los Angeles Soccer: Colleen Boyd

Corona's Munerlyn lifts U.S. to title

May, 12, 2012
Corona's Amber Munerlyn scored the lone goal Saturday night to lead the U.S. past Canada in the championship game in CONCACAF's U-17 women's championship in Guatemala City.

Munerlyn (Santiago HS/So Cal Blues) scored on a 21st-minute breakaway for the Americans, who outscored five foes, 26-0, dominating every foe except the Canadians.

The U.S. and Canada advanced to the Sept. 22-Oct. 3 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Azerbaijan with semifinal victories Thursday.

Munerlyn made just two appearances in the Americans' five games, and she wasn't included in the 18-player game roster for the first two games, routs of the Bahamas and Trinidad & Tobago.

Newport Beach's Maddie Bauer (Mater Dei HS/Slammers FC) played every minute of the tournament for the U.S. on the backline.

The U.S. outshot its opponents, 131-25, with big advantages in shots on goal (69-8) and corner kicks (33-12). Canada outshot the U.S., 13-10, and took seven corners to the Americans' three.

Summer Green, a high school junior from Milford, Mich., who set up Munerlyn's goal, broke the CONCACAF scoring record with 12 goals (plus four assists) in five games. She had three hat tricks, with five goals against the Bahamas.

LOCALS WITH U-23S: The U.S. under-23 women's national team opens a weeklong camp Sunday at Home Depot Center, and University of Notre Dame head coach Randy Waldrum has included seven local players on his roster:
  • D Lauren Barnes (Upland), Upland HS/UCLA, Beach FC
  • G Colleen Boyd (La Caņada Flintridge), La Caņada HS/Oregon State, Western New York Flash
  • D Abby Dahlkemper (Menlo Park), UCLA
  • D Camille Levin (Newport Coast), Tarbut V'Torah Community Day School/Stanford, Pali Blues
  • F Nadia Link (Rowland Heights), Walnut HS/Long Beach State, Santa Clarita Blue Heat
  • D Taylor Lytle (Las Cruces, N.M.), Texas Tech, Pali Blues
  • M Mariah Nogueira (Westminster), Marina HS/Stanford

WPS DRAFT: Local prospects

January, 12, 2012
Women's Professional Soccer follows Major League Soccer's lead and will stage its college-player draft Friday morning in Kansas City, Mo.

Here are seven local players angling to go to one of the five remaining clubs in America's top women's league:

Colleen Boyd (Oregon State): Goalkeeper from La Caņada Flintridge (La Caņada HS) was pivotal in the Beavers rise to regional power, an All-American who posted 27 shutouts and a 0.81 goals-against average in four seasons.

Judy Christopher (UC Irvine): Holding midfielder from Ontario (Upland HS) doesn't have sparkly numbers, but she's been the best defense-oriented midfielder in the Big West Conference for three seasons, critical to UC Irvine's conference title runs the past two years.

Sarah Devine (UC Irvine): Central defender from San Diego is coming out early -- she's a junior athletically after an injury redshirt her first year but eligible for selection. Sometimes overshadowed by her more celebrated teammate (below), but she's a solid, steady backline presence.

CoCo Goodson (UC Irvine): Central defender from Ramona (San Diego County) is a two-time All-American who, her coach says admiringly, plays the game like a man. She's got a rocket shot and is versatile enough to play anywhere on the field, but she's a force at the back.

Shawna Gordon (Long Beach State): Central midfielder from Rancho Cucamonga (Los Osos HS) is absolutely unflappable, a technical player who keeps things simple and expertly regulates the game's flow. She shared the 49ers' assists lead this year, with 10, despite taking a deeper stance in midfield, one of the maneuvers key to Long Beach State's run to the NCAA quarterfinals.

Sydney Leroux (UCLA): Forward from Vancouver, British Columbia (by way of Phoenix) is the big fish in this draft pool, a rising U.S. national-teamer and three-time All-American who scored 16 goals as a senior and 57 in four seasons with the Bruins while starring for the U.S. under-20 national team. Fast, intense, athletic.

Camille Levin (Stanford): Outside back from Newport Coast (Tarbut V'Torah Community Day School) might be the most impactful player in the draft. The first-team All-American is smooth, incredibly versatile and reminds some of another So Cal outside back from The Farm, WPS star Ali Riley.

COLLEGE: Women's D1 All-Americans

December, 3, 2010

Stanford's Christen Press and California's Alex Morgan, two of the top three forwards in college women's soccer, took their expected spots on the NCAA Division I All-America team released Friday.

Press (Palos Verdes Estates/Chadwick School), Morgan (Diamond Bar/Diamond Bar HS) and UC Irvine defender CoCo Goodson were first-team selections by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Press, the nation's top scorer with 26 goals and eight assists, is one of four players from Stanford on the NSCAA's four teams. The top ranked Cardinal plays in the NCAA College Cup semifinals Friday afternoon against Boston College.

Morgan, limited to 12 games by her duties with the U.S. women's national team, scored 14 goals for Cal. Goodson led UC Irvine to 19 wins and the round of 16 in its first NCAA Tournament appearance.

In all, eight local players were selected to the team.

The others:
  • UCLA defender Lauren Barnes (Upland/Upland HS), on the third team
  • UCLA forward Sydney Leroux -- the third elite college forward -- on the third team
  • UC Irvine forward Tanya Taylor (Buena Park/Sunny Hills HS), another third-teamer
  • Oregon State goalkeeper Colleen Boyd (La Caņada Flintridge/La Caņada HS), also on the third team
  • Boston University forward Lisa Kevorkian (Arcadia/Monrovia HS), a fourth-team selection

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