MC's Barranco First Scot Named Soccer All-Region
Monmouth College's Samantha Barranco (Chicago, Ill./Highland Park) has ventured into unchartered waters after being named an All-Region performer by the National Soccer Coaches Association of American (NSCAA).
Barranco became the first Monmouth woman to receive the All-Region distinction. The junior goalkeeper was named to the third team after posting five shutouts (four in conference play) and helping the Scots win seven straight league games to advance to the conference tournament for the second time in three years.
Always steady in goal, Barranco posted a 9-7-3 mark this season and is 26-20-8 for her career. She was in goal for all but 20 minutes in 2012 and posted an 80 percent save rate.
"Sam gives us a chance to win every game," praised coach Barry McNamara of his three-year starter, who has allowed just 1.2 goals per game. "We feel we have an excellent defense and she's an integral part of it. Sam makes incredible saves game in and game out, and this year was no different. To be the first woman to earn this recognition is a tribute to her talent and hard work."
Barranco has earned All-Midwest Conference honors in each of her first three years at Monmouth, earning the league's Defensive Player of the Year as a freshman.
The NSCAA All-Region honor for Barranco comes a year after Logan Simpson became the Scots' first man to be named All-Region.
A communication major, Barranco is the daughter of Edward and Ann Barranco.