Santa Clara's Julie Johnston was named the West Coast Conference women's soccer player of the year after helping lead the eighth-ranked Broncos to a share of the WCC regular-season title and to the program's 24th NCAA Tournament berth.

Johnston, a senior midfielder, led the WCC in assists with seven and finished third with 12 goals and 31 points. Johnston scored four game-winning goals on the season. This is the eighth WCC Player of the Year for the Broncos and the first since Marian Dalmy in 2006.

Johnston was joined on the All-WCC First Team by Sofia Huerta and Morgan Marlborough.

Ellie Rice was named to the second team. Jordan Jesolva and Julie Vass were named to the all-freshman team.

The Broncos open the NCAA tournament against Cal at 1 p.m. Saturday at Buck Shaw Stadium.

  • Stanford forward Courtney Verloo was named All-Pac-12 first team. Defender Maddie Bauer and midfielder Lo'eau LaBonta were second-team selections, and forward Choma Ubogagu was honorable mention. Also, Bauer and midfielder Stephanie Amack were named to the all-freshman team.

    The Cardinal plays host to Cal State Fullerton in an NCAA tournament first-round match at 7 p.m.

  • Cal's Emi Lawson was an All-Pac-12 First Team pick. Ifeoma Onumonu (second team) and Rachel Mercik (honorable mention) also were honored.

    Volleyball

    San Jose State middle blocker Mary Alice O'Reilly was named the Mountain West Volleyball Player of the Week.


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    Earthquakes

    Defender Steven Beitashour has solidified his chances of competing in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil after being called to the Iranian national team ahead of two AFC Asian Cup qualifiers. Beitashour, a 26-year-old Leland High product, made his debut for Iran last month. The Iranians will face Thailand again Friday in Bangkok and travel to Beirut next Tuesday to play Lebanon.

    Beitashour was invited to play for Iran because his parents are natives of the Persian country.

    Men's basketball

    Stanford forward Dwight Powell has been named to the John R. Wooden Award preseason watch list. The senior is one of six Pac-12 players selected as candidates. Powell averaged 14.9 points and 8.4 rebounds last season and was named the Pac-12's Most Improved Player.

    Staff writer Elliott Almond contributed to this report.