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PCHS graduate anchors BYU soccer defense

Jen Watkins, Of the Record staff

Park City High School graduate and BYU women’s soccer freshman defender Lindsi Lisonbee has been named to the All-Mountain West Conference second team. Lisonbee started every game for the Cougars this season.

"She’s an incredibly talented soccer player," PCHS soccer coach Chip Cook said. "She’s a game-changer for any team she plays for. She’s just an amazing player."

Cook said Lisonbee was heavily recruited by colleges and could have played anywhere in the country. Lisonbee was Parade All-American two years in a row as a high school player.

"That’s very unusual," Cook said. "It’s an All-American team chosen from the best high schools in the country."

Lisonbee was a Top Drawer Soccer top 15 recruit for 2009, named All-American in 2008, First Team All-State three times as defender, midfielder and forward in 2005 and high school state champion in 2005. She was ranked in the top 25 nationally as the team captain of the Black Diamond Soccer club team and was on the high honor roll at PCHS.

Whitney Craft, media relations director for the BYU soccer team, said Lisonbee is a huge part of the defense this year and is doing well. The team is currently in the semifinals of the Mountain West Conference tournament.

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Lisonbee’s teammate, senior Andrea Willis , received her second consecutive MWC Defensive Player of Year award. Garnering one of the other top awards was Carlee Payne , who was named MWC Freshman of the Year, according to a press release from the BYU women’s soccer team.

Willis has anchored BYU’s defense which this year, has allowed just 11 goals to date. In Willis’ four years, and 89 games played as a Cougar, she’s been a part of a defense that has only allowed 51 goals. Willis has been named MWC Player of the Week twice and been nationally recognized by TopDrawerSoccer.com and Soccer America, according to the press release.

Payne was recognized for her outstanding play in her freshman season. She leads the Cougars with 12 goals and 10 assists to date. During the 2009 MWC race she placed first in assists with four, third in points with eight, and seventh in goals with two.

She was also named to the All-MWC First Team along with teammates Andrea Willis , Kassidy C. Shumway , and McKinzie Olson . All four started in every game this year.

The awards are selected by the league’s eight head coaches.