Willis Receives Top Defensive Player of the Year Award

(Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- Senior Hermann Trophy Candidate Andrea Willis received her second consecutive MWC Defensive Player of Year award, Tuesday. Also garnering one of the other top awards was Carlee Payne who was named MWC Freshman of the Year.

Willis has anchored BYU's defense this year allowing just 11 goals to date. In Willis' four years, and 89 games played as a Cougar, she's been a part of a defense that has only allowed a total of 51 goals. Willis has been named MWC Player of the Week twice and been nationally recognized by TopDrawerSoccer.com and Soccer America.

Payne was recognized for her outstanding play in her freshman season. She leads the Cougars with 12 goals and 10 assists to date. During the 2009 MWC race she placed first in assists with four, third in points with eight, and seventh in goals with two.

She was also named to the All-MWC First Team along with teammates Andrea Willis, Kassidy C. Shumway, and McKinzie Olson. All four started in every game this year.

Freshman defender Lindsi Lisonbee was named to the All-MWC Second team after also being a part of BYU's outstanding defensive line. Lisonbee started every game for the Cougars this season.

The awards are selected by the league's eight head coaches.

2009 MWC Season Honors - BYU

MWC Defensive Player of the Year - Andrea Willis

MWC Freshman of the Year - Carlee Payne

2009 All Mountain West Conference - First Team

Andrea Willis

Kassidy C. Shumway

McKinzie Olson

Carlee Payne

2009 All Mountain West Conference - Second Team

Lindsi Lisonbee