Broadbent responds to Vikings need for second goalkeeper
Sept. 9, 2009
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - With only one eligible goalkeeper on its roster, the Western Washington University women's soccer team filled a need in a big way as Kylie Broadbent (Sr., Spokane/Lewis & Clark), who earned regional and league all-star honors last year, has agreed to join the Vikings' roster.
Broadbent graduated last fall with a bachelor's degree in cellular and molecular biology/biochemistry. She is returning to Western to complete a second degree in behavioral neuroscience.
"We are excited that Kylie has decided to join us for another campaign," said Western coach Travis Connell. "Anytime you can add a player of her caliber it is going to make your team better."
Handling the Vikings' goalkeeping duties to date has been redshirt freshman Jamie Arthurs (Richland), who has a 1.89 goals against average, allowing eight goals and making nine saves in four games. She recorded her first shutout with five saves in a 1-0 win over Sonoma State on Monday.
That victory was the first of the season for 1-2-1 Western, which was ranked No.12 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America NCAA Division II National Preseason Poll after winning the Great Northwest Athletic Conference title and reaching the title game of the Far West Regional.
Broadbent was a first-team NSCAA and second-team Daktronics Far West Region all-star and first-team all-GNAC pick last year. She started all 22 games, allowing just 0.70 goals per game and posting eight shutouts.
The 5-foot-9 Broadbent also is outstanding in the classroom, maintaining a 3.66 grade point average (4.0 scale). She was a second-team ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA College Division District 8 and GNAC academic all-star in 2008.
Broadbent should be ready to play Friday (1 p.m.) when the Vikings begin league play, entertaining Western Oregon.
0 Kylie Broadbent, Goalkeeper, Senior, 5-9, 23, 8/20/86, Spokane, WA
COLLEGE: First-team NSCAA and second-team Daktronics Far West Region and first-team Great Northwest Athletic Conference all-star in 2008 ... Second-team ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA College Division District 8 and GNAC academic all-star ... Started all 22 games ... Had 0.70 goals against average and eight shutouts ... Allowed 16 goals and made 96 saves for 85.7 save percentage in 2,051 minutes ... Played in two games in 2007 ... Two letters.
HIGH SCHOOL: Second-team Class 4A all-State and Greater Spokane League Defensive Player of the Year as senior at Lewis & Clark High School ... Three-time all-league selection ... Team captain ... Student-Athlete of the Year.
PERSONAL: Graduated with degree in cellular and molecular biology/biochemistry last fall and returns to complete second degree in behavioral neuroscience.
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