Vikings place second nationally in women's rowing
Helped WWU to school-record 19 wins and West Regional final
Arthurs, Cooper, Sych and Maris selected to first team, Houplin and Jones picked to second team
Kristin Maris receives honorable mention
Arthurs, Maris and Sych on first-team, Jones on second-team
COLLEGE: Set school records with 39 shutouts, which ranked sixth nationally, and 0.58 goals against average during four-year career ... Second-team National Soccer Coaches Association of America and Daktronics All-American as senior in 2012 ... Led nation in GAA with school and GNAC-record 0.39 average per game and ranked seventh nationally in save percentage at 88.2 ... Had Great Northwest Athletic Conference and school-record 16 shutouts, one shy of national record ... Helped Vikings place first nationally as team in GAA, second in save percentage (89.2) and third in shutout percentage (69.6) ... Allowed just nine goals in 23 games, during one stretch recording 10 straight shutouts and posting scoreless string of 919 minutes and 29 seconds, both school records ... Made 67 saves in 2,101 minutes and 50 seconds ... Played every minute of every game ... First-team NSCAA and Daktronics West Region all-star ... GNAC Player of the Year ... First-team GNAC all-star ... Twice named GNAC defensive Player of the Week ... Second-team NSCAA and Daktronics West Region and first-team GNAC all-star as junior in 2011 ... Started all 18 games ... Had 11 shutouts and GAA of 0.55 ... Allowed just 10 goals in 1,643 minutes ... Made 44 saves for save percentage of .815 (67th nationally) ... Ranked 13th nationally in GAA ... Led GNAC in both shutout total and GAA ... GNAC Player of the Week ... Had 11 shutouts and GAA of 0.52 as sophomore in 2010 ... Second-team GNAC all-star ... Allowed 10 goals while starting all 18 games and playing all 1732:10 minutes ... Made 78 saves for save percentage of .886 ... Ranked 13th nationally in save percentage and 16th in GAA ... Played in five games as freshman in 2009, making four starts ... Allowed nine goals (2.05 avg.) and made 11 saves (.550), while posting one shutout ... Had assist in 1-0 win against Sonoma State ... Redshirt in 2008 ... Four letters.
HIGH SCHOOL: Second-team Class 4A all-State selection as senior at Richland High School ... First-team Tri-City Herald all-Area and all-Columbia Basin League pick ... Team captain ... Had 0.29 goals against average and 15 shutouts on 17-4 team that tied for league title and placed fourth at state tournament ... Second-team all-league and team MVP as junior ... Allowed just four goals on 19-1 squad that won league championship and reached state quarterfinals ... Honorable mention all-league forward as sophomore on team that was league champion and state runner-up ... Most improved and inspirational award winner ... As freshman played on squad that won league title and reached state quarterfinals ... Started and lettered four years ... Also earned three letters in basketball and one each in track and golf.
PERSONAL: Major is education ... Her father, David, played basketball at University of Calgary.
By T.J. Cotterill, Sports Editor, The Western Front
Jamie Arthurs begins her junior year with the Western women's soccer team after having one of the greatest years of any goalkeeper in school history.
As a sophomore in 2010, Arthurs tied a school record for most shutouts in a season with 11. Her 0.52 goals-against average was the second-best in school history and the best in the past 26 years.
Her 11 shutouts were more than any other GNAC keeper. Her .886 save percentage -- that was at the top as well.
As someone who makes saves look easy, hopefully Arthurs saves her best seasons for her final two. With a full year as Western's starting goalkeeper under her belt, Arthurs expects to be even better in 2011.
"For me personally, having to be mentally prepared for each game is something I learned last year," Arthurs said. "I take every game as if it is the biggest game of the year. I hope to improve on that even more this year."
Arthurs was named a second-team conference all-star last season. Seattle Pacific's Maddie Dickinson took the first team nod, even though Arthurs recorded more saves, more shutouts, had a higher save percentage and tied with her in goals allowed with 10 in 18 games.
"I was completely happy with how I played for most of the season," Arthurs said. "Obviously you want to get that first-team slot, but that really wasn't even something I was working toward. I think playoffs is the big payoff at the end of the year. Hopefully we can make it this year."
With Arthurs as well as 2010 first-team GNAC all-star Alicia Patten and senior Emily Warman at the defender positions, Western is likely to be one of the most stalwart defensive teams again this season.
"When you have players in front of you like Alicia and Emily, they are going to make my job a lot easier," Arthurs said. "The less I have to touch the ball the better."
With Dickinson gone from Seattle Pacific after finishing her four years of eligibility, Arthurs takes over as the conference's most imposing goalkeeper.
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