LOGAN, Utah – Utah State soccer senior defender Taryn Rose has been named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year it was announced by the conference office Tuesday. Joining Rose in all-conference honors is senior midfielder Lexie Morgan, who earned second-team all-Mountain West accolades.
Kaitlyn Lomsnes, a freshman from Wyoming was named Offensive Player of the Year, therefore also earning Freshman of the Year honors. Wyoming head coach Pete Cuadrado was honored as Coach of the Year.
“I think it’s really fitting that these two players were honored for us,” said USU head coach Heather Cairns. “Taryn is the heartbeat of our defense and Lexie is the heartbeat of our midfield.”
Rose (North Salt Lake, Utah/Woods Cross HS) is the third player in school history to earn conference player of the year accolades as Shantel Flanary was named the Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year in both 2009 and 2011, while Natalie Norris was named the WAC’s Defensive Player of the Year for three-straight seasons from 2010-12.
In 12 seasons under Cairns, Utah State has now had 28 players earn various all-conference honors a total of 50 times.
Rose, who was also named to the Mountain West first-team this season, has had a strong collegiate career, earning all-conference honors each season. In 2011, she was named the WAC’s Freshman of the Year, while being named second-team all-conference in both the WAC (2011, 2012) and Mountain West (2013). Rose is on track to finish her career with the most starts of any player in Utah State history. She has scored three goals this season, while anchoring the Aggie defense.
Along with her athletic accolades, Rose has seen high success in the classroom. She received academic all-conference honors every season of her career. Most recently, she was named to the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District second-team this fall.
“For Taryn to win the first major award for our team in the Mountain West says a lot about her ability and her competitiveness,” Cairns said. “We know she possesses all of those things, so it’s fantastic that people on the outside see them like we do.”
With four goals this season, Morgan (Draper, Utah/Jordan HS) leads the Aggies in scoring. She is currently tied for third in the Mountain West in game-winning goals with three. Morgan has scored 10 goals in her career, the most of any current USU player. After tearing her ACL at the end of her sophomore season, Morgan recovered and was back to playing and starting every match of her junior campaign. She has earned academic all-conference honors every season of her collegiate career.
“I’ve been so pleased with Lexie and the way she has developed as a player,” Cairns said. “She’s the player we don’t want to take off the field because our team changes without her. For outsiders to see and experience what we do on a daily basis with her is a fantastic compliment.”
Utah State is back in action tonight in the first round of play in the Mountain West tournament. The No. 5 Aggies are set to take on No. 4 Colorado College at 8 p.m. at the San Diego State Sports Deck.
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<span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>2014 Mountain West Women’s Soccer All-Conference First Team</span>
Mikhalia Bowden, Sr., D, Boise State^
Brooke Heidemann, Jr., MF, Boise State&
Jessie Ayers, Sr., MF, Colorado College
Sarah Schweiss, Jr., F, Colorado College
Jaycee Bingham, Sr., MF/F, Fresno State
Kelsey Booth, Sr., MF, San Diego State^
Haley Locker, Sr., F, San Diego State
Katie Perry, Sr., MF, San Diego State
Zoe Makrigiannis, Jr., GK, San José State
Taryn Rose, Sr., D, Utah State^
Kaitlyn Lomsnes, Fr., F, Wyoming
<span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>2014 Mountain West Women’s Soccer All-Conference Second Team</span>
Rachel Herron, Sr., MF/F, Colorado College
Kaeli Vandersluis, Sr., MF/F, Colorado College
Chrisalyn Fonte, Sr., MF, Nevada
Emily Chavez, R-Fr., D, New Mexico
Dylann O’Connor, Jr., MF, New Mexico
Cassie Ulrich, Jr., GK, New Mexico
Hannah Keane, Sr., F, San Diego State
Stacie Moran, Fr., D, San Diego State
Denali Murnan, Jr., MF, UNLV
Lexie Morgan, Sr., MF, Utah State
Alison Clarke, Sr., D, Wyoming
Offensive Player of the Year: Kaitlyn Lomsnes, Fr., F, Wyoming
Defensive Player of the Year: Taryn Rose, Sr., D, Utah State
Freshman of the Year: Kaitlyn Lomsnes, Fr., F, Wyoming
Coach of the Year: Pete Cuadrado, Wyoming