Women's Soccer Banquet Honors Seven From '08 Season

San Jose, Calif. On Sunday, May 2, members of the 2008-09 San Jose State women’s soccer side and their families met for the final time as a team for its annual awards banquet. 

Junior striker Emmy Belding was named the team and offensive MVP.  The Rio del Mar native led the side in nearly all offensive categories in 2008, including goals (8), game winners (3), points (17), shots (39) and shots on goal (21).  In addition, she tied for first in goals (4) and points (9) in Western Athletic Conference games.

“Emmy had a great fall season and has really come on this spring,” head coach Jeff Leightman said.  “She was our leading scorer and the heart and soul of our team, but beyond that, this Spring she has become a totally different player and really developed a complete game.” 

The defensive MVP was freshman Jessica Ingram.  Ingram started 17 of the teams 20 matches and led the squad in minutes (1,686) and tied for third in points (4).  A product of San Jose’s Santa Teresa High School, she anchored a back line that was comprised of four under classman.

“Jessica was very steady and consistent all season long,” Lieghtman said.  “Once she stepped into the back line, after three games, she really solidified our defense.  Typically we were starting three freshmen back there, which at this level is not the norm.  She cleaned up a lot of things, was solid, a ball winner and patient.  Jess settled the ball down and was really rock solid, espicially going through all three of our keeper in the fall.”

Lauren Ng-Pinkerton, a sophomore, was named the side’s Most Improved Player.  Ng-Pinkerton, tied for fourth in the conference in assists (2) and earned Academic All-WAC honors in 2008-09.

“Lo went from a player who had a limited roll on the team as far as playing time goes to becoming more and more important as the season went on,” said Leightman.  “By mid-season she started to take players on and use her speed the way we knew she was capable of.  There were a couple of games where she was dominating the flank and really being dangerous. She really improved in the fall and had continued to make huge strides this spring.”

The Team Award went to senior Lauren Moniz.  It is voted on by the players and given to an athlete that the team wants to recognize for their overall contribution to the program.

“Lauren was one of our captains this season and a leader both on and off the field,” said Leightman.

2008-09 Academic All-WAC Selections

Katie Bonadies, So.
Kim Johnston, So.
Roxy Kamal, Jr.
Lauren Moniz, Sr.
Lauren Ng-Pinkerton, So.