COSTA MESA, Calif. - The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced yesterday the 2016 Regional Coaches of the Year on the women's side of the NAIA. For the West Region, one of six throughout the country, Randy Dodge was selected as the recipient. This adds to the Golden State Athletic Conference Co-Coach of the Year he received last month. Dodge guided the Lions to an 18-4 record, which tied the program record. Vanguard advanced to the Quarterfinal Round at the NAIA National Tournament after winning both the GSAC Regular Season and Tournament Championships.
COSTA MESA, Calif. – Vanguard soccer found much success on the field this year team wide, but individually, four Lions were recognized as Honorable Mention players on the NAIA All-American teams. Juan Arellano (SR/Hawthorne, CA) backs up his Second Team berth a year ago with an Honorable Mention ranking while Madison Lopp (JR/Anaheim, CA), Haley Bruce (SO/San Diego, CA), and Haley Magana (SO/Los Alamitos, CA) secured spots for the first time in their careers.
COSTA MESA, Calif. – Three members of the Vanguard University soccer teams have added another list to their academic achievements. Kristen Lum (SR/Honolulu, HI), Nahum Paz (JR/Costa Mesa, CA), and Erica Wadell (JR/Yucaipa, CA) have been named NAIA Scholar Athletes to go along with the GSAC Scholar Athlete Awards they won in November. Lum, a Biology major with a 3.88 GPA, is a repeat winner from last year, while Wadell (an astronomical 3.96 grade point average in Communications) and Paz (a 3.53 GPA while studying Business Administration) join this season, as they are now of junior standing. To qualify as a NAIA Scholar Athlete they must have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. – The magical ride has come to an end as the top team in the country, defending National Champion, and last undefeated squad in the NAIA narrowly slipped past the seventh ranked Lions (18-4) by a 1-0 score in the Quarterfinal Round of the 33rd Annual NAIA Women's Soccer National Tournament. The lone goal was scored midway through the first half as it just squeezed between the diving arms of Haley Magana (SO/Los Alamitos, CA).
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. - The Vanguard Lions (8th seed) and Spring Arbor Cougars (1st seed) are prepping for their Quarterfinal matchup at the 33rd Annual NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship. The winner of tomorrow's game will advance to the semifinals which will be played on Friday. A semifinal berth would make history for the Blue and Gold while Spring Arbor is looking to defend their 2015 National Championship title.
Let's see how the teams stack up...
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. – The first match of the year for Vanguard was when they traveled to play at Martin Methodist College (14-3-3) and now three months later the Lions ended the season of the #2 team in the country. Vanguard (18-3) was pushed into the Quarterfinals of the 33rd Annual Women's Soccer National Tournament thanks to the right foot of Rayven Hernandez (JR/Rancho Santa Margarita, CA), earning the 1-0 victory. In today's matchup, the Lions were the eight seed and the Redhawks were just behind as the ninth seed.