Nov. 5, 2013
IRVINE, Calif. - Long Beach State midfielder Mimi Rangel was named the Big West Women's Soccer Freshman of the Year, while she was also one of four 49ers to earn All-Big West honors, the conference office announced Tuesday evening.
Junior defender Taylor Nelson joined Rangel on the All-Big West First Team, and sophomore forward Elizabeth Lyons garnered second-team recognition. In addition, Rangel and defender Mimi Akaogi were selected to the All-Freshman Team.
Rangel is the second player in school history to be tabbed the Big West Freshman of the Year as Hayley Bolt also won the award in 2005.
Rangel led Long Beach State with five goals, three game-winners and 14 points, while she was also second on the team with four assists and 29 shots. She had two multiple-goal games, scoring twice at UC Irvine and at No. 23 Texas Tech. Against the Red Raiders, Rangel found the back of the net with three seconds left in regulation to lift the 49ers to a huge 3-2 win.
The Chino, Calif., native also accounted for the only goal in a 1-0 victory over No. 11 BYU, earning her Big West Offensive Player of the Week honors. Rangel finished the regular season ranked among the top-10 in the conference in points (T4th), goals (T5th) and assists (T6th).
Nelson claimed her second career All-Big West award as she was an honorable mention pick in 2012. The Garden Grove, Calif., native made the transition from center midfield to center back prior to the 2013 campaign, and stepped up to the challenge, helping a youthful back line register four shutouts and a 1.07 goals against average. Nelson also provided some offense with two goals and one assist. She scored the game-winner in a 2-1 victory at UC Santa Barbara.
Lyons received her first postseason honor as she finished the regular season with a Big West-leading seven assists. She also had two goals, 11 points and a team-best 32 shot attempts. The Los Angeles, Calif., native compiled a career-high five points in a 4-1 triumph over Cincinnati with three assists and the game-winning goal. Lyons added another multiple-assist game in conference play, setting up both scores in a 2-1 victory at UC Irvine.
Akaogi (Cupertino, Calif.) was named to the Big West All-Freshman Team after starting every game on the back line in her first year as a 49er. She helped LBSU post four shutouts and a 1.07 goals against average, which was the third-best mark in the conference. Akaogi was also tied for ninth in the Big West with three assists.
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