Kansas City, Kan. - San Jose State University women's soccer player Hallsie Pacheco has earned selection to the 2009 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-West Region third team.
The native of Lodi, Calif., and 2006 graduate of Lodi High School was one of 10 players, three of them midfielders, chosen to the third team. Pacheco is one of just two standouts from the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) to earn regional distinction, the other being Utah State's sophomore forward Shantel Flanary, a second-team pick.
Pacheco becomes the first Spartan since 1997 to earn all-region recognition, and just the third in the program's 15-year history. Stacie Alberico, formerly Stacie Savage at San Jose State, made the second team in 1996 and first team in 1997 after transferring from De Anza College. Staci Shrader was a second-teamer in 1997.
Pacheco was one of seven seniors on the 2009 roster that achieved San Jose State's first regular-season WAC championship under second-year head coach Jeff Leightman. She had already earned all-conference honors for the first time in her career last month as one of four Spartan first-team selections. The central midfielder produced her first four collegiate goals, to go along with two assists, for a career-high 10 total points, fourth-most on the team. She started all 20 games, and finished her career as the Spartans' active leader with 70 games played and 46 starts.
The NSCAA awards are divided into eight regions, with the West including schools from the WAC, Big West Conference and West Coast Conference.