Soccer’s Andreassen Named to NSCAA All-Pacific Region Team
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Senior defender Kristi Andreassen has been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) NCAA Division I Women All-Pacific Region Second Team. She becomes just the third player in program history to receive NSCAA All-Region honors, joining former Lumberjacks Lindsey Carey and Cee Cee Odorfer, who both earned the accolade twice.
Andreassen, who last month was named as the women's soccer CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-American of the Year from over 8,000 Division-I women's soccer players, is the only player from the Big Sky to earn Second Team All-District Honors. Northern Colorado's Danielle Birdsall is the only other Big Sky player to receive an All-District selection, as the sophomore forward was named to the Pacific Region Third Team. Sixteen of the 22 First and Second Team selections in the Pacific Region came from Pac-10 schools.
Earlier this season, Andreassen was one of 30 finalists nationwide for the prestigious Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. The Tempe, Ariz. native also became a three-time All-Big Sky first team selection this season, becoming just the second player in NAU soccer history to receive first team honors three times, and was named the 2010 Big Sky Defensive Most Valuable Player. She also broke the school record for consecutive starts (74) and tied the program record for career matches played (79) after leading the team in goals (6) and points (15) in 2010. In playing every minute of the season at outside back, Andreassen also led an NAU defense that broke school and Big Sky records with a six game shutout streak that lasted 569 minutes and 2 seconds.
She will graduate next week after only three and a half years with a 4.0 GPA and a degree in exercise science, leaving NAU as one of the most honored athletes in school history.