Five Waves Earn All-Region Honors
Visalli and Harbison are both making their second appearances on the All-Region first team.
MALIBU, Calif. – The United Soccer Coaches released its All-Region teams this week and five waves were recognized on the West Region squads. Bri Visalli and Hailey Harbison were both named to the All-West Region first team, and Brielle Preece, Christina Settles and Joelle Anderson were named to the second team.
It is the seventh year in a row that Pepperdine has had multiple players earn All-Region honors, with the five players being the most honored since 2014 for the Waves. Pepperdine finished the year ranked No. 12 in the country and third in the West Region after going 15-3-3 and making it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Waves also won their second consecutive West Coast Conference title this year.
Visalli (San Jose, Calif./Valley Christian HS) adds All-West Region first team to a growing list of accolades from her standout senior season after she was named the WCC Player of the Year and is a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, given annually to collegiate soccer’s top player. She finished the year 11th in the country in total goals with 14 and 12th in the nation in total points with 34, while also leading the WCC in nearly every major offensive statistical category. Visalli was previously named to the All-Region first team in 2015 and second team in 2016.
Harbison (Rancho Penasquitos, Calif./Westview HS) was named the WCC Defensive Player of the Year this season after acting as both an anchor of the Waves’ stellar defense and an attacker from her outside back position. She posted two assists this year, while also helping Pepperdine to a school-record 14 shutouts and 0.415 goals-against average, which was eighth best in the nation. Harbison was previously named to the All-West Region first team in 2014 and third team in 2015.
Preece (Livermore, Calif./Granada HS), the 2017 WCC Goalkeeper of the Year, anchored one of the best defenses in Pepperdine history this year, posting the ninth best goals-against average (0.415) of any keeper in the nation. Her 14 solo-shutouts were a program record and the third most in the country this year. Preece posted 62 saves on the year and her .873 save percentage was both a school record and 15th best in the NCAA. The redshirt-junior played every minute in goal for the Waves this year in her first season as a starter for the program.
Settles (Oceanside, Calif./Oceanside HS) conducted the Waves’ attack and controlled the tempo for Pepperdine from her midfield position as a junior this year, finishing the season with one goal and one assist. She was named to the All-WCC second team this year and is making her first appearance on an All-Region team.
Anderson (San Jose, Calif./Harker School) burst onto the scene midway through her freshman season and by the end of the year was Pepperdine’s second most potent offensive weapon, scoring nine goals and matching Visalli for the team and WCC lead with six assists. Anderson’s nine goals were fourth in the conference and 24 total points were third as she was named to the All-WCC second team.