Valdespino becomes first Nicholls NSCAA All-Region honoree
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — After the greatest season in Nicholls women’s soccer history, the awards continue to roll in for sophomore forward Spencer Valdespino, who was named this week to the 2013 National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Women’s All-Central Region second team.
Valdespino becomes the first soccer player in team history to be named to one of the three teams as she is also one of nine student-athletes from the Southland Conference to be named either first, second- or third-team all-region. The 11-member squads feature three forwards, four midfielders, three defenders and one goalkeeper.
After helping lead Nicholls back to the Southland Conference tournament for the first time in nine seasons last month, Valdespino and the team have begun to reap the benefits of their hard work as the group also was honored for their work in the classroom with the NSCAA Team Academic award.
The Spring Hill, Fla., native was named the Southland Conference Women’s Soccer Player of the Year and first team All-Southland after leading the Southland Conference in points (37) and goals (16), while finishing second in game-winning goals (6) and tied for eighth in assists with five. Not only did those totals lead the league, but they also set a new precedent in the Nicholls record book as the sophomore is now the single-season leader in each of those categories.
She also holds the career record for game-winning goals with eight.
Valdespino finished the year with three multi-goal games, including earning her first hat trick against McNeese State on Sept. 30 that snapped Nicholls’ five-year Southland Conference losing skid.
She needed just four shots to record the hat trick against McNeese State.
Valdespino scored in six-straight matches from Aug. 30-Sept. 22 and ended the year scoring in each of the last four matches.