Bean named RMAC Player of the Year; Sakaguchi earns second team honors

Bean named RMAC Player of the Year; Sakaguchi earns second team honors

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (October 31, 2017) - Colorado State University-Pueblo women's soccer forward Mackenzie Bean (Jr., Bothell, Wash.) was named Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Year and First Team All-RMAC announced Tuesday by the league.

Pack midfielder Kylee Sakaguchi (Jr., Apple Valley, Calif.) earned second team honors. Along with the pair, Pack goalkeeper Alexa Eastep (Fr., Henderson, Nev.) and defenders Rianna Lockhart (R-Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Jessica Westhoff (Sr., Centennial, Colo.) each were named All-RMAC Honorable Mention.

Bean led the ThunderWolves to a conference record of 7-4-1 and a spot in the RMAC Tournament. She leads the conference for the 2017 season in total points (26), total goals (12) and is tied for first in game-winning goals with four. The junior was named RMAC Offensive Player of the Week twice this year.

Sakaguchi takes home her first postseason award having played in all sixteen of the Pack matches so far this season. She tallied two assists and helped control the ball at midfield and took a bulk of the corner kicks this season.

Freshman goalkeeper Eastep played in six games, allowed four goals and made 27 saves at the net. She recorded a 0.69 goal against average and posted a .871 save percentage.

The Pack defensive line led by Lockhart and Westhoff helped the defense to six shutouts this year, third most in the RMAC and the Pack stood at fifth in the conference in goals allowed.

Colorado Mines Emily Garnier was named Defensive Player of the Year, Tarah Patterson and Taylor Proctor of UCCS was named Freshman and Goalkeeper of the Year, respectively. Conference champion Regis University produced RMAC Coach of the Year J.B. Belzer.

CSU-Pueblo (8-7-1) earned the four seed of the RMAC Tournament and takes on five-seeded MSU Denver Tuesday in a quarterfinal matchup at 6 p.m. at Gonzales Stadium.

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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.