Corban women’s soccer may not have come out on top in the National Christian College Athletics Association championships, but they still earned bragging rights with two rising stars.
The Warrior women fell to Trinity Christian College 3-1 on Dec. 4. Sophomore Emily Tsugawa scored the Warrior’s only goal at 78 minutes. This was the 21st goal of her career. Freshman Alexis Beattie registered four saves for Corban. The loss put the team in fourth place for the conference.
Not to be discouraged, following Saturday’s matchup the team learned that the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics named Tsugawa to the NAIA All-American for the first time and junior Amanda Mendenhall was given an NAIA All-American honorable mention, her second.
In two seasons as a Warrior, Tsugawa tallied 21 goals and 11 assists for a total of 53 points. Currently she sits just outside of the top 10 all-time in program history in both points and assists and is tied for eighth all-time in goals with former Warrior Sheena Darling, 2000 to 2003.
Mendenhall helped lead Corban to the Cascade Collegiate Conference tournament finals this year and appeared in all 23 games and tallied one goal, one assist, and three points from her midfield position. The 5-foot-9 junior led the team with 1,383 minutes played, while anchoring a Warrior defense that allowed only 1.20 goals per game tallied.
These are the ninth and tenth players in Corban's women's soccer history that have been named as NAIA All-American honorable mention and the first time since the 2002 season that the Warriors had more than one player honored in the same season.
Corban finished the 2010 season with a win-loss record of 17-6-0 that included a 7-2 mark in conference play. The Warriors posted the second highest win total for a single season in program history almost equaling the program-record 19 wins set by the 2002 squad that included a runner-up finish at both the Cascade Collegiate Conference tournament and NCCAA National Tournament.