Shannon Munoz came to Columbia after a stellar high school
career in Southern California and left New York as an Ivy League Champion.
Munoz, who made an immediate impact with her goal-scoring
ability, began her Columbia career on a good note, earning Ivy League Honorable
Mention and SoccerBuzz.com All-Northeast Rookie first team as a first-year. It
would just be the beginning of a career of accomplishments and awards for
The two-time captain led the lions in scoring each of the
three seasons she competes. At the end of her Columbia career, Munoz stood
third all-time in points, goals and assists.
In her sophomore season, Munoz racked up 29 points en route
to an All-Ivy League second team selection, as well as making the 2004
NSCAA/Adidas All-Northeast Region third team. Also during the 2004 season,
Munoz was named the Governor's Cup MVP after leading the Lions to the
Governor's Cup title. The lions also captured the ECAC Championship during
Munoz's sophomore season.
The defining year for Munoz and Columbia came during her
senior season. In 2006, Munoz led the Lions to the programs first Ivy League
Championship and NCAA Tournament berth. As an individual, Munoz was selected as
Columbia's first-ever Ivy League Women's Soccer Player of the Year during the
championship season, recording a total of 22 points on eight goals and six
In two of the most critical games of the 2006 season, Munoz
played an integral role in ensuring Columbia victories. In her final homecoming
game, Munoz scored both of Columbia's goals in a 2-0 shutout of Dartmouth on
the Lions' home pitch and in the season finale at Harvard, she assisted on the
lone goal in the 82nd minute to give Columbia a 1-0 victory and the
first Ivy League title in Columbia women's soccer history.
In addition to the Ivy League Player of the Year honor,
Munoz garnered Big Apple Women's College Player of the Year, was named to the
Fall Academic All-Ivy League Team, earned NSCAA/ Adidas All-Region first team
accolades, and was honored as the Connie S. Maniatty Award winner as the top
female student-athlete for the Class of 2007.