Soccer Season Awards

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This season’s Newcomer of the Year award was given to freshman forward Jazmin Grant. Grant tallied up five goals and five assists, to go along with conference Rookie of the Week honors and an All-Rookie team selection. Grant is currently in Trinidad & Tobago playing for the Jamaican U20 National team as it vies for a spot in the U20 World Cup.

Offensive Player of the Year was awarded to senior Selena Peters, who led the team in goals and points with seven goals and two assists. The Houston native, closed out her career at Houston with an All-Conference Second team selection.

Margo McEntire earned Defensive Player of the Year honors after anchoring a backline that posted three shutouts this season. McEntire closed out her career with 65 starts, starting all but one game in her career at Houston.

Julissa DePaoli was the recipient of Most Improved Player honors, after going from playing 45 minutes last season to starting 15 of 17 matches. DePaoli was a defensive threat for the Cougars alongside McEntire and helped secure three shutouts this season.

Teammate of the Year was awarded to senior Vanessa Almaguer. Almaguer is known as a leader on and off the field for the Cougars. Almaguer notched one goal and one assist this season, with the goal coming against then No. 21 Cincinnati.

Lauren Holtzclaw received Humanitarian of the Year honors after being an active part of the Houston community. Holtzclaw has shown her strengths on and off the field for the Cougars in her humanitarian actions.

Most Valuable Player for the 2017 season was awarded to junior goalkeeper Rachel Estopare. Estopare is a three-time Goalkeeper of the Week honoree and defensive leader for the Cougars. Estopare racked up 92 saves this season as the primary goalkeeper for Houston, compiling a 7-7-1 record. The junior was essential in the closing minutes of Houston’s 2-1 victory of then-No. 21 Cincinnati.

Last, but not least, senior Hannah Dauzat was tabbed Champion for Life. Dauzat become the programs first CoSIDA Academic All-American after earning Third Team honors this past season to go along with two CoSIDA All- District honors. Dauzat is an active member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and in her first year of graduate school.

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