No. 16-ranked UCI (17-2-2), which had its 17-game unbeaten streak and its 14-game winning streak snapped with a 1-0 loss to Long Beach State in the conference tournament final Sunday, will make its NCAA Tournament debut Friday at home against Arizona State.
Taylor, a second-team all-conference performer last season, led conference players in goals (10) and assists (nine). Possessing superior speed and quickness, Taylor excelled, despite consistently drawing extra attention from opposing defenders. She ranks fifth at UCI in career goals (23), third in assists (18) and fourth in points (64, two points for a goal and one for an assist).
Goodson anchored a back line that, along with de Seriere helped produce 10 shutouts and limited foes to 16 goals in 21 games. The 16 goals were the fewest allowed by any Big West Team. Goodson, a transfer from Texas in her first season with the Anteaters, also scored eight goals, tied for second among conference players. At 5-foot-11, her size and tenacity helped her win balls in the air and her skill and agility made her a formidable defender. The superior velocity she put on the ball with her kicks also allowed her to trigger set pieces. Five of her goals were game-winners, most in the conference.
Christopher, a defensive midfielder, is a repeat first-team selection. Her aggressive, determined play helped the Anteaters control the midfield. She not only was an extra defensive presence, but also served as a catalyst for the offense, efficiently connecting with teammates to move the ball forward. She had one goal, a game-winner, and four assists.
Forrest, another member of the back line, added to her defensive skills by taking many corner kicks, which led to the majority of her seven assists, second-most on the team. She also scored one goal.