Brown named first-team GNAC all-star, Jimenez is second-team pick

WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM Kellan Brown
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Kellan Brown
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Nov. 7, 2011

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Western Washington University senior forward Kellan Brown (Tacoma/Bellarmine Prep) was a first-team pick for the third straight year on the Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's soccer all-star team.

Another Viking recognized for the third consecutive season was senior midfielder Oscar Jimenez (Mount Vernon), who received second-team honors. Jimenez was a first-team pick as a junior and sophomore.

Three WWU players earning honorable mention were freshman defender Aaron Becerril (Woodinville), junior defender Justin Moore (Port Orchard/South Kitsap) and freshman goalkeeper Keegan Rogers (Portland, OR/Portland Christian).

Brown led WWU with seven goals and 16 points. His four-year career total of 27 goals ranks fourth among school leaders, and he finished fourth in assists (15) and fifth in points (69).

Jimenez led the Vikings with five assists and his career total of 22 tied the school record held by Dennis Lapchis (1986-87, 1989-90) and was two short of the GNAC standard of 24 held jointly by Seattle University's Pat Doran (2002-05) and Montana State Billings' Chris Andre (2007-10).

WWU goalkeeper Keegan Rogers (Portland, OR/Portland Christian) had a 1.52 goals against average, a .722 save percentage and 52 saves. All three figures ranked third in the conference.

Becerill and Moore also played major roles on defense.

The Vikings, coached Travis Connell (13th year, 117-115-15), finished 5-11-1 and fifth in the GNAC standings at 3-6-1.

WWU played nationally No.1-ranked Simon Fraser to a 2-2 overtime tie in its season finale, snapping the Clans' 16-game winning streak. Two games earlier, the Vikings fell 2-1 at No.15 Seattle Pacific, losing on a goal in the final minute of overtime.

GNAC Player of the Year honors was shared by forwards Tyler Schultz of Seattle Pacific and Carlo Basso of Simon Fraser. SPU defender Jon Pearman was the Defender of the Year, and two Simon Fraser midfielders - Justin Wallace and Chris Bargholz - were the Newcomer of the Year and Freshman of the Year, respectively.

Coach of the Year recognition went to Simon Fraser's Alan Koch.

GREAT NORTHWEST ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Men's Soccer: Schultz, Basso Share GNAC Player-of-Year Award

SPOKANE, Wash. - Forwards Tyler Schultz of Seattle Pacific and Carlo Basso of Simon Fraser have been selected the 2011 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Co-Players-of-the-Year. Both players received three votes in the balloting from the league's six head coaches.

Schultz finished the regular-season as the GNAC leader in total points (33) and points per game (1.83). He ranks fifth all-time in GNAC history with 82 career points. Basso led the conference with 16 goals. The SFU sophomore also finished second in points (32) and points per average (1.68).

Also voted special award winners by the conference coaches were Seattle Pacific defender Jon Pearman and Simon Fraser midfielders Justin Wallace and Chris Bargholz.

Pearman was named the GNAC Defender-of-the-Year. He led a Falcon defense that allowed just 14 goals in 18 games (six of them to nationally top-ranked SFU) and posted 11 shutouts, including six in a row at one point.

Wallace, who ranked second in the conference in assists with eight, was selected the GNAC Newcomer-of-the-Year, while Bargholz, who finished the regular-season ranked seventh in scoring with 17 points (7 goals, 3 assists, 1.13 average), was named the GNAC Freshman-of-the-Year.

Alan Koch of Simon Fraser was voted the GNAC Coach-of-the-Year. Koch, who shared the award last season with Mark Collings of Seattle Pacific, led SFU to its first unbeaten season in school history (18-0-1) and a No. 1 national ranking in the National Soccer Coaches' national poll.

In two seasons in the GNAC Koch has led SFU to a 37-2-1 record and back-to-back conference titles. In four seasons at his alma mater, he has a career record of 56-10-2.

Simon Fraser and Seattle Pacific dominated the all-star squad earning five and four slots, respectively, on the first team. Saint Martin's, Western Washington and Montana State Billings each placed one player on the first team.

Five players including Basso, Schultz, Pearman, Simon Fraser midfielder Josh Bennett and SFU defender Matt Besuschko were unanimous selections to the first team, while six players - Schultz, Bennett, Saint Martin's forward Xan Nixon, SPU midfielder Caleb Nyone, Western Washington midfielder Kellan Brown and SFU defender Max Baessato - were repeat selections.

Schultz and Brown earned first team honors for the third time. Bennett, Nyone and Baessato were repeaters from last year, while Nixon was previously a first team pick in 2009.

2011 GREAT NORTHWEST ATHLETIC CONFERENCE MEN'S SOCCER ALL-STAR TEAM

FIRST TEAM: Forwards - +Carlo Basso, Simon Fraser (6-3, So, Coquitlam, BC); **+Tyler Schultz, Seattle Pacific (5-11, Sr., Scottsdale, AZ); *Xan Nixon, Saint Martin's (6-0, Sr., Seattle, WA). Midfielders - *+Josh Bennett, Simon Fraser (5-8, Sr., Hamilton, Ont.); *Caleb Nyone, Seattle Pacific (6-1, Jr., Happy Valley, OR); **Kellan Brown, Western Washington (5-7, Sr., Tacoma, WA). Defenders - +Jon Pearman, Seattle Pacific (6-2, Jr., Glendale, AZ); +Matt Besuschko, Simon Fraser (5-10, So., Port Moody, BC); *Max Baessato, Simon Fraser (6-0, Jr., North Vancouver, BC); Anthony DiNicolo, Simon Fraser (5-10, Sr., Maple Ridge, BC); Connor Moe, Montana State Billings (6-1, Jr., Snohomish, WA). Goalkeeper - Zach Johnson, Seattle Pacific (6-3, Jr., Snohomish, WA). *Repeater (Nixon from 2009) **Two-time repeater +Unanimous

Second Team: Forwards - Thomas Sheets, MSU Billings (5-9, Jr., Snohomish, WA). Midfielders - Drew Williams, Seattle Pacific (5-7, Sr., Bend, OR); Oscar Jimenez, Western Washington (5-8, Sr., Mount Vernon, WA); Justin Wallace, Simon Fraser (5-11, So., Kamloops, BC); Chris Bargholz, Simon Fraser (5-8, Fr., Fuessen, Germany); Thomas Chameraud, MSU Billings (6-0, Jr.,, Poitiers, France); Jose Oregon, Northwest Nazarene (5-9, Jr., Nampa, ID); Austin Kelley, Saint Martin's (6-1, Sr., Olympia, WA); Michael Winter, Simon Fraser (5-11, Jr., Vancouver, BC). Defenders - Stephen Marshall, Northwest Nazarene (5-10, Jr., Palm Springs, CA). Goalkeepers - Alexander Engeman, Northwest Nazarene (6-2, Sr., Fort Collins, CO); Sheldon Steenhuis, Simon Fraser (6-2, Jr., Morgan Hill, CA).

Honorable Mention: Forwards - Garion Holian, MSU Billings (5-11, Sr., Missoula, MT); Dylan Gaydosh, Saint Martin's (6-2, So., Federal Way, WA); Farhad Abdulgani, Simon Fraser (6-1, So., Oslo, Norway). Midfielders - Chris Morris, Seattle Pacific (6-0, Jr., Mercer Island, WA); CJ Chu, Saint Martin's (5-10, So., Des Moines, WA); Daniel Starbuck, Northwest Nazarene (5-11, Fr., Nottingham, England); Kodi Gamble, Seattle Pacific (5-9, So., Tucson, AZ). Defenders - Brandon Scott, Saint Martin's (5-6, Jr., Tacoma, WA); Brandon Kuenzi, Seattle Pacific (6-2, Jr., Silverton, OR); Isaac Kerr, MSU Billings (6-4, Fr., Coylton, Scotland); Justin Moore, Western Washington (5-9, Jr., Port Orchard, WA); James Schmidt, Saint Martin's (6-0, Sr., Maple Valley, WA); Aaron Becerril, Western Washington (6-1, Fr., Woodinville, WA). Goalkeeper - Keegan Rogers, Western Washington (6-1, Fr., Portland, OR)

Player-of-the-Year - Tyler Schultz, Seattle Pacific, and Carlo Basso, Simon Fraser. Defensive Player-of-the-Year - Jon Pearman, Seattle Pacific. Newcomer-of-the-Year - Justin Wallace, Simon Fraser. Freshman-of-the-Year - Chris Bargholz, Simon Fraser. Coach-of-the-Year - Alan Koch, Simon Fraser.