Anderson, Visalli Named to TDS Best XI Teams
One other WCC athlete earned the honor with Santa Clara's Kelsey Turnbow named to the freshman team.
MALIBU, Calif. – TopDrawerSoccer released its postseason Best XI teams and Pepperdine’s Bri Visalli and Joelle Anderson were both honored. Visalli was named to the Best XI second team and Anderson earned a spot on the Freshman Best XI second team.
Visalli adds the TDS Best XI honor to a string of national awards this season, as she has already earned recognition as a second-team All-American and semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy. Anderson is coming off a stellar rookie campaign in which she was named to the All-West Region and All-WCC second teams.
Visalli led the Waves and WCC in nearly every major offensive statistical category and finished the year 12th in the country in total goals with 14 and 13th in the nation in total points with 34. The soon-to-be graduating senior picked up the program’s first-ever WCC Player of the Year honor this season after helping to lead the Waves to their first back-to-back conference championships. Visalli also earned All-West Region and All-WCC first team nods after starting every game as a central midfielder for Pepperdine.
She finishes her career as the program’s record holder in games played (83) and games started (81), sits seventh on the Pepperdine career scoring list with 25 goals and second on the career list for game-winning goals with 14.
Anderson was a revelation at forward for the Waves this season, finishing second on the team and fourth in the WCC with nine goals and matching Visalli for the team and conference lead with six assists. Her breakout season took off midway through the year as she scored all nine of her goals in the team’s final 13 games, including two-goal games at Santa Clara and BYU, and at home against Pacific.
The Waves finished the year ranked No. 16 in the United Soccer Coaches Poll after making the program’s 10th NCAA Tournament appearance and playing into the second round for the third time in four years.