BALTIMORE — Saturday was an All-America day for National Junior College Player of the Year Boitumelo Rabale and two of her Lewis and Clark Community College teammates, Cassie Hall and Candice Parziani.
Before a packed house at the United Soccer Coaches All-America Ceremony and Reception in the Baltimore convention Center’s grand ballroom, Rabale, received her Junior College National Player of the Year award and all three received their JUCO All-America medals. Rabale and Hall were named first-team All-America and Parziani second-team All-America.
The annual convention will conclude Sunday.
Rabale, a sophomore from the small southern African nation of Lesotho led all of NJCAA in scoring with 57 goals and 33 assists and helped the Trailblazers to a third-place finish at the NJCAA Division National Tournament last November in Melbourne, Florida.
“I’m so excited and very happy to win this,” Rabale said. “When this season started, my goal was to be the top goal scorer, but I could not do it without our team. We had an amazing group and I love them all.
“A lot of credit goes to the team. We stayed together all year and things worked out.”
Rabale becomes the fifth L&C women’s soccer player to be named National Player of the Year. Staci Dowdy won the award in 1996, Angie Bode in 1999, Kaylee Neutzling twice in 2008 and 2009 and Nicole Howard in 2015.
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