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Local colleges: BYU's Mikayla Colohan repeats as WCC player of the year

BYU's Mikayla Colohan passes the ball against Portland during the Cougars' regular-season finale, Saturday, April 17, 2021 in Provo.

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PROVO — Mikayla Colohan's run atop the West Coast Conference continues.

The Davis High product repeated as WCC offensive player of the year, the league announced Friday in its all-WCC women's soccer awards and honors.

Colohan started all nine games of WCC play for BYU, scoring six goals, five assists and a league-high 17 points for the 7-1-1 Cougars.

Despite being drafted in January by the Orlando Pride in the NWSL, Colohan is also likely to return to BYU for the upcoming fall season. That means she could complete a "hat trick" of three-straight player of the year nominations — if she continues her current pace, or better.

Former BYU coach Chris Watkins earned his first coach of the year honor since taking the head job at Gonzaga. The former BYU men's soccer coach and associate head coach of the women's program shared the spring honor with Santa Clara's Jerry Smith, who led the Broncos to a league title and No. 11 national seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Santa Clara's Alex Loera was named WCC defensive player of the year, Saint Mary's Taylor Poland was goalkeeper of the year, and Santa Clara's Sally Menti took WCC freshman of the year honors.

Colohan was joined on the All-WCC first team by teammates Cameron Tucker and Rachel McCarthy, who didn't start until the final game of the spring season but finished with nine goals, seven assists and 25 points — the second-best mark in the league behind Colohan.

Sophomore midfielder Jamie Shepherd was named to the All-WCC second team, and senior fullback Josie Gelalich earned all-league honorable mention honors. Defenders Olivia Smith and Brooke Hale were each named to the All-WCC freshman team.

No. 12 BYU will open the NCAA Tournament after a first-round bye April 28. Kickoff against the winner of Virginia and SIU Edwardsville is scheduled for 2 p.m. MT and will be streamed live on

BYU women's golf stretches lead at WCC championships

Allysha Mae Mateo carded 10 birdies to finish 36 holes of the West Coast Conference women's golf championships in Henderson, Nevada at 3-under-par 141 and a one-shot lead Friday evening.

Mateo leads Gonzaga's Quynn Duong by one stroke. Pepperdine's Caroline Hwang is third (145), followed by BYU's Naomi Soifua and Gonzaga's Cassie Kim (146).

BYU (8-over) leads the team standings by five shots over the second-place Zags (13-over) and defending champion Pepperdine (18-over).

The Cougars will tee off the final round at 8:50 a.m. MT Saturday.

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Sean Walker graduated from Syracuse University and returned to his home state to work for covering BYU, prep sports and anything else his editors assign him to do. When he's not covering a game, he's usually listening to Broadway soundtracks or hiking with his dog.


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