Seniors Tryna Tafoya and Nalena Betancourt Earn All-Big West Honors

Nov. 12, 2008

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -

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Seniors Tryna Tafoya and Nalena Betancourt received All-Big West honors, the Big West Conference announced Wednesday. Tafoya finished her senior season with seven points, while Betancourt concluded her time at CSUN with 74 career appearances, the second-most in school history.

A midfielder from Rialto, Calif., Tafoya ended her career with 12 assists, tied for the second-most in school history with teammate Kristal Phillips. Her 24 career points finished ninth in school history and she scored six career goals. This season, she registered tallies against Southern Utah and San Diego State and she and Betancourt served as team captains throughout the 2008 campaign.

"It feels good and I am glad to get some recognition in my senior season," Tafoya said. "It is always nice to get some acknowledgment from other teams in the league."

Betancourt arrived to Northridge from Moorpark, Calif., and quickly established herself as a presence on the Matador backline. She ended her Northridge career with three career goals and three career assists. In the 2008 season opener, she scored the game-winning goal in double overtime, lifting the Matadors to a 2-1 victory.

"It feels really nice to be honored after five years. I put a lot of effort into this season," Betancourt added. "I will always hold a fond memory of the last game we played against Fullerton. We really came together and played as a strong team that day and it was a great way to go out, in front of the home fans with a victory."

The recognition marks the third-straight year CSUN had two team members honored by the league's coaches. Northridge head coach Keith West was happy to see two of his seniors receive the award in their final seasons.

"It was awesome to see both Tryna and Nalena recognized by the Big West coaches because they are both so deserving," West said. "In addition to being great people, they are both extremely competitive who work and train very hard and deserve everything they get."

LBSU's Liz Ramos won Goalkeeper of the Year and Lindsay Bullock was named midfielder of the year. UC Santa Barbara's Genelle Ives took home Offensive Player of the Year honors while Cal Poly's Carrie Andrews took home Defensive Player of the Year. Pacific's Kristina Wavomba earned Big West Freshman of the Year while Long Beach State's Mauricio Ingrassia named Big West Coach of the Year.