Colorado Rush and University of Portland star Danica Evans has been named to the 2014 All W-League team for her outstanding season. One week after being named the winner of the Golden Boot with 13 goals, and the overall points leader for the league (29), Evans was named to the Western Conference team and more importantly the All W-League team.
Evans becomes the third Rush player to be named to the top team in the W-League joining Lindsey Horan (2011) and Sarah Wagenfuhr (2010). Evans was also named as one of the three finalists for the W-League player of the year award!
"Winning this award clearly speaks for itself but it especially represented my personal goal of taking the chance to try. I put being the league leader in my head on the ride home from Portland so being able to come full circle and see my hard work translate into such a fine result made the season a success," stated Evans.
“Danica has been one of the most dangerous forwards and efficient goal scorers at her age in the country for the last few years. She has previously been recognized as the leading scorer in the ECNL (the highest level of girls soccer in the U.S.) as a youth player. Now she has progressed to being one of the most effective goal scorers, regardless of age, in the country by leading all players in the W-League in scoring and points. This is the highest level of women’s soccer in our country save the NWSL. Impressive. But for me, there is more to Danica. She brings unique elements to the women’s game. Stylistically she reminds me a lot of Lindsey Horan. Perhaps that is enough said right there. I am both happy and proud that the league has seen fit to recognize her as one of the best 11 players in the country,” said Erik Bushey, Head Coach of the Colorado Rush Women.
The Rush Women finished the 2014 season with a 6-3-3 record in the very competitive Western Conference. Evans, now a Sophomore at the University of Portland has played with the Rush women since her U16 year in the club.
“Playing with the Rush's women's league team has provided me with so many things!! Most importantly being a Rush W-League player means being a family. I love the atmosphere that has been created by the Rush for players like myself while rising from young stars into the women people are able to see today. It's not easy to sum up all the lengths the people around me have been through to help me achieve this fine accommodation,” Evans commented. She continued, “If I had to it would be something like this: I'm absolutely thankful for all that has come of my individual success but there is no chance to reach this without the support of my amazing teammates, the great Erik Bushey of coarse, Jim Martin for providing us all the opportunity, and my loving family at home!!