Soccer’s Gamble and D’Onofrio Earn All-Pacific Region Honors
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The awards continue to file in for the Northern Arizona women's soccer team after a successful season. Sophomore midfielder Cierra Gamble was named to the 2013 NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Women's Second Team All-Pacific Region and senior captain Alana D'Onofrio was announced to the Third Team All-Pacific Region.
"This is a fantastic honor for both Cierra and Alana to be recognized in a region that features the PAC-12," said head coach Andre Luciano. "It's a testament to the hard work they put in the spring and all throughout the fall. I am really proud of this team and their accomplishments all season."
Gamble and D'Onofrio are just two of six Big Sky Conference players to make the All-Pacific Region teams among some of the top schools and players in the nation that include UCLA, Stanford and Washington State.
This is the fourth postseason award for Gamble as she was named to First Team All-Big Sky, First Team College Sports Madness and the Big Sky All-Tournament Team. Gamble was one of two Golden Boot winners this year in the Big Sky as she tallied 13 points during conference play, which was tied for the most in conference this season. The Golden Boot winner is the player with the most points during conference play. The sophomore from Corona, Calif. played her best soccer when it mattered most during conference play when she scored four goals and handed out five assists. Gamble had scored at least one point in five straight conference matches during one stretch.
This is the third postseason award D'Onofrio has claimed after making First Team All-Big Sky and College Sports Madness Second Team. The senior captain was a big key in bringing back the Lumberjacks back to the playoffs for the first time since 2010.
D'Onofrio was a part of a great defense this year that allowed only 0.94 goals per game. The captain from Pleasanton, Calif. was named Big Sky Defensive Player of the Week twice this season and recorded an assist against Southern Utah.
For a list of the All-Pacific Region Teams, click here.