The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced their 2016 All-America teams. This year’s NSCAA Junior College Division I Women’s All-America Teams feature a total of 45 players, who will be formally acknowledged for their accomplishments at the NSCAA All-America Luncheon on January 14, 2017 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in conjunction with the 2017 NSCAA Convention. Five Pumas are among those honored by the NSCAA.
Goalkeeper Arielle Perez and forward Jamie Iurato were both named NSCAA Junior College Division I Women's Soccer First Team All-Americans. Forward Shelby Stewart and defender Janessa Dunbar were named NSCAA Junior College Division I Women's Soccer Second Team All-Americans. All four Pumas were also named to the 2016 NSCAA Junior College Division I Women's All-West Region Team.
All four Pumas played a major role in the Pumas' 2016 NJCAA National Championship run. Throughout the tournament, Iurato had three goals and one assist, Stewart recorded two assists, Dunbar had one goal and one assist, and Perez recorded 18 saves over the final two games of the tournament. The Pumas finished the 2016 season 25-0-1 and are the 2016 NJCAA DI National Champions.
In addition to the student-athlete's recognition, Puma head coach Jon Ruzan was recognized as the NSCAA West Region Coach of the Year.
The NSCAA is celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2016, the National Soccer Coaches Association was founded in 1941 and is based in Kansas City, Mo. It is a non-profit organization with the mission of advocating for, educating and serving soccer coaches to encourage excellence and elevate the game. The NSCAA is the world’s largest soccer coaches’ organization with members at every level of the game from youth to professional.
See the NSCAA Press Release HERE
Great job Pumas!