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Newcomers Highlight All-Big 12 Soccer Teams & Yearly Awards
October 29, 2012
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Oklahoma senior Renae Cuellar headlines a group of 33 student-athletes recognized on the annual All-Big 12 soccer team, as voted on by the league's head coaches.

The transfer forward claimed the Conference's Offensive Player of the Year award and earned spots on the All-Big 12 First Team and Big 12 All-Newcomer Team. West Virginia's Bry McCarthy took the Defensive Player of the Year honor while head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown garnered Coach of the Year recognition. Texas Tech's Janine Beckie was honored as Rookie of the Year.

Cuellar, a La Puente, Calif.-native, leads the pack in Conference play with 13 points and six goals in eight league games. She has 12 goals overall this season, the third-most in a single season in OU history.

McCarthy, a senior from Ajax, Ontario, helped West Virginia clinch the regular season Big 12 crown in its first year in the league. With the help of Coach Izzo-Brown, WVU is currently on a 13-match unbeaten streak and finished Big 12 play with a 7-0-1 record, marking only the sixth time a team has won the regular season title without a loss. The Mountaineers were picked to finish second in the Conference Preseason Poll and are currently ranked No. 14 in the nation.

Beckie leads the league in shots (106) and leads all freshman with a team-high 11 goals. She was also named to the All-Big 12 First Team and was a unanimous selection to the Big 12 All-Newcomer Team.

The Big 12 also announced its All-Big 12 First and Second Team selections, as well as the Big 12 All-Newcomer Team. Texas Tech led all teams with four First Team selections while West Virginia garnered the most total selections with seven.

2012 ALL-BIG 12 CONFERENCE SOCCER AWARDS

(Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own players or themself)
Coach of the Year: Nikki Izzo-Brown, West Virginia
Offensive Player of the Year: Renae Cuellar, F, Oklahoma, Sr., La Puente, Calif.
Defensive Player of the Year: Bry McCarthy, D, West Virginia, Sr., Ajax, Ontario
Rookie of the Year: Janine Beckie, F, Texas Tech, Fr., Highlands Ranch, Colo.

All-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM

Pos. Name Team Year Hometown
GK Adrianna Franch Oklahoma State Sr. Salina, Kan.
D Bry McCarthy West Virginia Sr. Ajax, Ontario
D Jaelene Hinkle Texas Tech So. Denver, Colo.
D Morgan Johnson Texas Tech Sr. Arlington, Texas
MF Whitney Berry Kansas Sr. Wichita, Kan.
MF Bri Rodriguez West Virginia Sr. Aurora, Ill.
MF Paige Strahan Texas Tech So. Odessa, Texas
F Renae Cuellar Oklahoma Sr. LaPuente, Calif.
F Kate Schwindel West Virginia So. Livingston, N.J.
F Janine Beckie Texas Tech Fr. Highlands Ranch, Colo.
U Kristin Cummins Texas Sr. Lewisville, Texas

ALL-BIG 12 SECOND TEAM

Pos. Name Team Year Hometown
GK Abby Smith Texas Fr. Plano, Texas
D Carlie Davis Baylor Sr. Dallas, Texas
D Kat Ludlow Baylor Jr. Colleyville, Texas
D Carson Michalowski Oklahoma State Sr. Plano, Texas
MF Sharis Lachappelle Texas So. San Antonio, Texas
MF Jamie Fletcher Kansas So. Albuquerque, N.M.
MF Madison Mercado Oklahoma State Fr. Sapulpa, Okla.
Frances Silva  West Virginia  Jr.  Overland Park, Kan. 
Dana Larsen  Baylor  Sr.  Mequon, Wis. 
Megan Marchesano  Oklahoma State  Sr.  Tulsa, Okla. 
Caroline Kastor  Kansas  Jr.  Wichita, Kan. 
Jennifer Dominguez  Iowa State  Jr.  Lubbock, Texas 

(A tie at the utility position created an additional member on the All-Big 12 Second Team)

BIG 12 ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM

Pos. Name Team Year Hometown
GK Abby Smith* Texas Fr. Plano, Texas
D Leah Emaus West Virginia Fr. Webster, N.Y.
D Ali Schmalz Texas Fr. Hoffman Estates, Ill.
D Bobbi Clemmer TCU Fr. Decatur, Texas
D Katie Daigle Baylor Fr. Lewisville, Texas
D Kelsey Bass Oklahoma State Fr. Dallas, Texas
MF Sharis Lachappelle Texas So. San Antonio, Texas
MF Bri Campos Baylor Fr. Centennial, Colo.
MF Kara Blosser West Virginia Jr. Spotsylvania, Va.
MF Madison Mercado Oklahoma State Fr. Sapulpa, Okla.
F Janine Beckie* Texas Tech Fr. Highlands Ranch, Colo.
F Renae Cuellar* Oklahoma Sr. La Puente, Calif.
F Ashley Williams Kansas Fr. Albuquerque, N.M.
U Kelsie Maloney West Virginia Fr. Harrisburg, Pa.
U Lindsey Meyer Texas Fr. Coppell, Texas

(Ties in voting created additional members on the All-Big 12 Newcomer Team)
* - Unanimous selection

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