By MICHAEL COIT
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Add All-America to the honors for Sonoma State soccer standout Lauren Curtin, who helped lead the Seawolves back to the NCAA tournament.
Curtin, from Maria Carrillo and Santa Rosa Junior College, was named 2013 Daktronics NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer All-America Honorable Mention.
Earlier, she was voted the California Collegiate Athletic Association’s Soccer Newcomer of the Year and made the All-CCAA first team and All-West Region team.
The conference’s second-leading scorer, Curtin made a strong comeback from the leg injury that sidelined her last season.
The midfielder started all 21 games and is third on the career Sonoma State list for most assists per game (0.43) and ninth in points per game (1.19).
Sonoma State made a second consecutive NCAA Women’s Division II tournament after reaching the CCAA championship contest.
The Seawolves’ season ended in a 1-0 loss to Seattle Pacific in the first round of the Division II tournament.
Sonoma State finished 13-5-3 overall, including a second-place finish in the CCAA North Division.
Capping a standout senior season, Taylor Varnadore was voted to the 2013 Daktronics NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer All-America Third Team.
The former Analy great adds the honor to West Region Player of the Year and CCAA Most Valuable Offensive Player this season.
Varnadore accounted for nearly half of Sonoma State’s offense this season, with 11 goals (second in the conference) and 25 total points (third in the conference). All but one of those goals came in the final nine games of the season to help the Seawolves qualify for the CCAA tournament for the first time in three seasons.
Sonoma State fell 2-1 in a tournament semifinal to eventual CCAA champion Cal-State Los Angeles.
For his career, Varnadore netted 42 goals and scored 95 points — both third-best in Sonoma State history.
A three-time Daktronics All-West Region selection, Varnadore also is a four-time All-CCAA pick.