FC Tucson Women snag six major Social Media awards – Paloma Paez named WPSL All-West Region Personnel

Paloma Paez at left with head coach Kelly Pierce. Both Paez and Pierce received high honors for an undefeated season. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)

The FC Tucson Women continue to rake in awards from their undefeated season including a high recognition for program administrative assistant Paloma Paez who was named to the WPSL All-West Region Personnel list.

“No one is more deserving than Paloma,” FC Tucson head coach Kelly Pierce said. “She is professional beyond her years and always goes above and beyond in every way. hands down the most helpful, organized, kind, hardworking kid I’ve ever met. She was a blessing this season and brought amazing energy to our team.”


Amy Garelick, WPSL Honorable Mention Coach of the Year
Amy Garelick, Big Sky-North Division Coach of the Year
Kelly Pierce (Salpointe), All-Western Conference
Kelly Pierce (Salpointe), All-WPSL Team
Kelly Pierce (Salpointe), Pacific South All-Star
Kaitlyn Lopez (Arizona), All-Western Conference
Karli Hedlund (Arizona), All-Western Conference
Chandler Morris (ASU), All-Western Conference

FC Tucson Women: Franchise of the Year
Amy Garelick, Pac South Coach of the Year
Lainey Burdett (Arizona), All-Pac South Conference
Brooke Denesik (Texas Tech), All-Pac South Conference
Brianna Barreiro, (UTEP), All-Pac South Conference

FC Tucson Women: Franchise of the Year
Kelly Pierce (Salpointe), Pac South Coach of the Year
Laura Pimienta (Arizona), All-Pac South Conference

FC Tucson Women: Franchise of the Year
Kelly Pierce (Salpointe), Desert Conference Coach of the Year
Luz Duarte (Catalina/Pueblo), All-Desert Conference
Luz Duarte (Catalina/Pueblo), Offensive Player of the Year
Laura Pimienta (Arizona), All-Desert Conference
Laura Pimienta (Arizona), Defender of the Year
Priscilla Pimienta (Arizona), All-Desert Conference
Hope Hisey (Arizona), Desert Conference Goalie of the Year
Paloma Paez, (FC Tucson Women) All-West Region Personnel
FC Tucson Women: WPSL Best Match Streaming
FC Tucson Women: WPSL Best Season Graphics
FC Tucson Women: WPSL Best Team Photography
FC Tucson Women: WPSL Best Twitter Account
FC Tucson Women: WPSL Top Instagram Account


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017, a 2019 AZ Education News award winner and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019 and he is a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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