Cal women’s soccer forward Arielle Ship named Pac-12 Player of the Year

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The wait for the first Pac-12 Player of the Year in Cal women’s soccer history is finally over. Junior forward Arielle Ship earned the prestigious distinction Tuesday after tallying 14 goals, 34 points and six game-winning goals this year.

A Cal player has not achieved a similar feat since Laura Schott led the league in goals and points in 2000 and 2001.

Ship spearheaded an offense that notched 1.62 goals per game and 34 goals overall. Ship will hope to live up to this billing in the postseason as Cal attempts to best last year’s second round exit in the NCAA Tournament.

The playoffs will be a more difficult battleground for Ship, as Cal will go up against some of the toughest defenses in the nation. Nevertheless, the team will look to her to provide clinical finishes in front of the goal to break any potential deadlocks. With her ability to change the course of a game, Ship will have the opportunity to etch her name even further in Cal’s record books.

Manny Flores covers women’s soccer. Contact him at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @manny_0.