UNH women's soccer receives America East awards

BOSTON -Chiara Best (Rose Valley, Pa.), a junior forward on the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team, was selected to the America East All-Conference First Team, the league announced Thursday night. Ana Tobon (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Debbie Newman (Ashford, Conn.) received Second Team honors, Jackie Wishoski (Malden, Mass.) earned Honorable Mention and Hillary Mefferd (Portland, Oregon) was voted to the All-Rookie Team.

Best has a team-high six assists, as well as four game-winning goals, and is second on the team in both goals (12) and points (30). Her 30 points ranks second on UNH's list of single-season superlatives and her 12 goals is tied for third. Her season highlights include a five-point effort (two goals, assist) in UNH's 7-2 first-round victory against Northeastern University in the America East Championships and her 50th career point. Best was a Second Team selection in 2002 and an All-Rookie Team honoree in 2001.

Tobon, a senior midfielder, has been impressive in the midfield despite not recording a point this season. She was a Second Team selection in 2002 as well. Newman, another Second Team selection last year, helps anchor the Wildcat backfield. She also received All-Rookie Team honors in 2002. Mefferd has recorded one point this season with an assist against Holy Cross. More impressive than her numbers has been her intangible contributions in the midfield.

Wishoski leads the team - and the America East conference - in both goals (17) and points (39). Both of those numbers are Wildcat single-season records, and she also broke the school record for both goals (five) and points (11) in a game in Tuesday's game vs. Northeastern. Wishoski became the fastest player to reach the 50-point plateau, as she did so in just her 38th career game.

UNH (8-8-4, 5-2-2 America East) is the No. 4 seed in the America East Championships and plays top-seeded Boston University on Nov. 7 at BU's Nickerson Field. Game time is 6 p.m.

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