Zavalza, Derieg and Lachappelle Named All-Conference USA

Jessica Zavalza

Nov. 1, 2011

HOUSTON - The University of Houston women's soccer team had three players named to the All Conference USA squads as announced by the league office Tuesday Morning. Senior Jessica Zavalza was named to the Second Team, while fellow senior Stephanie Derieg and freshman Sharis Lachappelle garnered Third Team accolades. Lachappelle was also named to the All-Freshman Team.

In her senior season, Zavalza paced the Cougars' offense as she registered a team-high seven goals. Zavalza also leads the team in points (15) and game-winning goals (1). The Santa Ana, Calif., native made her mark at Houston as she finishes her career ranked among the programs all-time top-10 in goals (4th), points (5th) and game-winning goals (2nd).

Derieg started 15 of 19 games, recording one goal and one assist in her final season with the Cougars. Derieg finished her career at Houston tied for sixth all-time in career assists with eight. The Third Team selection marks the second time Derieg has received league recognition in her career at Houston. She was named to the All-Freshman team in 2008.

Lachappelle had a tremendous inaugural season for Houston. The San Antonio native played in all 19 games this season, starting 17 and logging a rookie-best 1,318 minutes. Lachappelle also scored three goals and had three assists for the Cougars, while constantly putting pressure on opposing goalkeepers as she led the team in shots on goal with 21.

A complete list of the three all-conference team selections and specialty award winners follows:


Offensive Player of the Year:
 Christabel Oduro, Memphis
Defensive Player of the Year: 
Lizzy Simonin, Memphis
Midfielder of the Year:
 Jessie Ayers, Colorado College
Freshman of the Year:
 Jessie Ayers, Colorado College
Coach of the Year:
 Brooks Monaghan, Memphis



All-Conference First Team
F: Lauren DiGregorio, Colorado College

F: Christabel Oduro, Memphis

F: Jessica Howard, Rice

F: Tiffini Turpin, UAB

F: Tishia Jewell, UCF

MF: Jessie Ayers, Colorado College

MF: Kimmy Cummings, East Carolina

MF: Mallory Baum, SMU

D: Lizzy Simonin, Memphis

D: Kaitlyn Eidson, SMU

D: Marissa Diggs, UCF 

GK: Elise Kuhar-Pitters, Memphis

All-Conference Second Team
F: Britney Lyman, Colorado College

F: Amanda Malkiewicz, East Carolina

F: Jessica Zavalza, Houston
MF: Lizzy Hildebrandt, Memphis

MF: Stacie Hubbard, UCF

MF: Azia Nicholson, UTEP

D: Beth Wright, Colorado College

D: Lauren LaGro, Rice

D: Claire Hulcer, Tulsa

GK: Aline Reis, UCF

All-Conference Third Team
F: Claire Nicholson, Tulsa

F: Tess Hall, UTEP

F: Katie Dorman, UTEP

MF: Sharis Lachappelle, Houston
MF: Angela DeSumma, Marshall 

MF: Quynh Nhu Truong, Rice

MF: Jordan O'Brien, Tulsa

MF: Carolyn Polcari, UAB

D: Stephanie Derieg, Houston

D: Courtney Smith, SMU

D: Caitlin Leumas, Southern Miss

GK: Amy Czyz, Rice

All-Freshman Team
MF: Jessie Ayers, Colorado College

F: Kaeli Vandersluis, Colorado College

D/MF: Kelley Johnson, East Carolina

MF: Sharis Lachappelle, Houston

MF: Kylie Davis, Memphis

MF: Natalia Gomez-Junco, Memphis

GK: Amy Czyz, Rice

MF: Quynh Nhu Truong, Rice

MF: Rikki Clarke, SMU
D: Carleigh Williams, UCF

GK: Sarah Dilling, UTEP


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