Visalli Earns All-American Recognition
She joins an elite list of Waves who have earned the honor over the years.
MALIBU, Calif. – Pepperdine women’s soccer midfielder Bri Visalli became the sixth player in program history to earn All-American status this week, as she was named to the 2017 NCAA Division I All-America second team by the United Soccer Coaches.
Visalli’s list of honors from this season is extensive, as she has now added two prestigious honors this week alone after being named a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist on Tuesday. Visalli also became the first player in Pepperdine history to be named the West Coast Conference Player of the Year this season, and has picked up All-West Region and All-WCC first team honors.
The San Jose native wrapped up a fabulous four-year collegiate career with one of the best seasons in program history in 2017. She led the WCC in every major offensive statistical category and finished 11th in country in total goals and 12th in the nation in total points. Her 14 goals this year matched the second best single-season total in Pepperdine history and her six game-winning goals and six penalty-kick goals were program records.
Visalli owns the Pepperdine career record for penalty-kick goals with seven, is seventh on the Waves’ career scoring list with 25 goals, second on the career list with 14 game-winning goals and is the Pepperdine career record-holder in games played (83) and games started (81).
Her brilliant 2017 campaign propelled the Waves to their first-ever outright WCC title and gave the program its first back-to-back titles as well. Pepperdine made its 10th NCAA Tournament appearance, advancing to the second round for the third time in the four years Visalli has been a part of the program, thanks to her 83rd-minute goal against Cal State Fullerton in the opening round. She is currently training with the United States U-23 National Team in Florida.
Her career list of awards also includes All-West Region first, second and third team honors, two All-WCC first team nods and one second team award, as well as All-Freshman team and All-WCC honorable mention honors. Visalli has also excelled in the classroom, earning WCC All-Academic honors the last three years and CoSIDA Academic All-District twice.
As mentioned, Visalli is the sixth player to earn All-American status and is the seventh overall selection for Pepperdine, with Ashley Swanson being the only two-time honoree in 2002 and 2004. Visalli is the first Wave since Lynn Williams in 2014 to earn the honor and is one of four Waves to make the second team or better.