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After guiding the Eastern Oregon women’s soccer team to its first regular season Cascade Collegiate Conference title and second berth to the NAIA National Championship, head coach Jacob Plocher was named the CCC coach of the year Thursday night.

The first-year coach led the Mountaineers to a 9-1-1 mark in the CCC, tying the program record for conference wins in a season. EOU clinched the conference title with a 1-0 win over Corban Saturday.

EOU midfielder Taylor Boyer was also named conference newcomer of the year after tallying five goals and three assists in CCC play for the conference’s highest-scoring offense.

Boyer was also named to the CCC first team, along with EOU goalkeeper Cydni Cottrell, who led the conference with just four goals allowed, a goal-per game average of 0.36, a save percentage of .915 and eight shutouts in 11 contests.

Natalie Mitchell was also a first-team honoree after scoring five goals which, along with Boyer, was tied for fourth in the conference. Josee Bassett garnered first-team accolades for her role on the conference’s best defense.

EOU didn’t garner any second-team recognition, but landed three defenders — Rosalie Salisbury, Chelsey Nicol and Natalie Goeth, on honorable mention.

EOU begins play in the CCC tournament at 5 p.m. today when it faces Providence. The Argos were the only team in CCC play to generate two goals on Eastern this fall in a 3-2 loss.

The EOU men’s soccer team landed three on the all-CCC squad. Midfielder/forward Josh Goodman was selected to the second team after scoring two goals and adding an assist. Defender Carlos Peregrina, who had three assists, and midfielder Jesus Trejo, who had a goal, were both honorable mention for the Mountaineer men, who went 5-7-1 in conference play.