Cowgirl junior is regional player of year

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After leading the region with 39 offensive points, New Mexico Highlands University’s Julissa Rodriguez has been named the Daktronics Women’s Soccer NCAA Division II Central Region Player of the Year.

Rodriguez led the 26 overall selections to the all-region team, divided amongst 13 player first and second teams.

Rodriguez, a junior from Kennewick, Wash., tallied 15 goals and nine assists while leading the Cowgirls to their first-ever NCAA Division II Tournament appearance. (The Cowgirls lost 3-2 to league rival Regis in the opening round of the tourney.)

She had earlier been named as the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Year.

Rodriguez and the 2010 Cowgirls set new highs in almost every category in program history. There are now new records for most wins in a season (12), most goals in a season as a team (39), highest finish in the RMAC (third) and most goals in a season by a single player (Julissa Rodriguez with 15).

Rodriguez was one of 10 first-team and 18 overall selections from the six regional teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament.