Pomona-Pitzer midfielder Bria VarnBuhler has been named as the Division III United Soccer Coaches Player of the Year as recently announced by the organization.
VarnBuhler becomes the first ever Pomona-Pitzer soccer athlete to earn Player of the Year honors and the first player from the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) to earn the award as well. VarnBuhler also became just the fifth player from a west coast school to win Player of the Year honors and the first since Puget Sound's Courtney Kjar in 2005.
VarnBuhler is now just the second First Team All-American in program history and set the single-season records for goals and points for Pomona-Pitzer this year with 21 goals and 45 points. VarnBuhler has been a scoring threat for the Sagehens all year long as she tallied nine game-winning goals en route to their first 20-win season in program history.
"This is an amazing accomplishment for Bria, as well as our team," Said Head Coach Jen Scanlon. "It's reflective of the type of season we had, setting lots of records, making history and showing that we are legitimately one of the best teams in the nation. We don't accomplish any of those things without Bria, as she was such a dangerous attacking threat. Every team tried to account for her every second she was on the field. And she still found the back of the net 21 times and scored 9 game-winning goals. On a team full of very talented players, she still stands out as special. We are thrilled for Bria and for the deserved recognition that she and the rest of our program are enjoying right now after a great season and NCAA tournament."
VarnBuhler ends her career at the top of the single-season record boards for points (45) and goals (21) and third in both career goals (41) and points (91).
The Sagehens have set numerous other team records this season including most wins in program history (20), highest winning percentage (.875), most SCIAC wins (12), shutouts in a single season (20) and ended the year ranked No. 3 overall, which is the highest ranking in program history. The Sagehens also made it all the way to the Final Four for the first time and had two players named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team with VarnBuhler and first-year Hannah Mandell.
National Players of the Year will be honored for their accomplishments at the United Soccer Coaches All-America Ceremony & Reception on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 at the Baltimore Convention Center in conjunction with the United Soccer Coaches Convention.
-- Courtesy of Pomona-Pitzer Sports Information --