WWU's Patten is first-team GNAC all-star for third straight year

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Nov. 8, 2011

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Western Washington University senior defender Alicia Patten (Seattle/Holy Names Academy) was a first-team choice for the third straight year to the 2011 Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's soccer all-star team.

Patten was one of four Vikings selected to the first team. Also picked were junior goalkeeper Jamie Arthurs (Richland), senior midfielder Justina MacDowell (Bellevue/Sammamish) and senior defender Emily Warman (Sedro-Woolley).

WWU senior forward Emily Frankland (Sammamish/Skyline) was named to the second team and receiving honorable mention were senior midfielder Megan Chapin (Seattle/Garfield), freshman midfielder Kim Cooper (Bellingham) and sophomore midfielder Brina Sych (Vancouver/Union).

Patten, Arthurs and Warman played major roles as the Vikings had a 0.59 goals against average and 11 shutouts, both league-leading figures.

It was the second straight year that Arthurs had a school record-tying 11 shutouts, ending the season with a scoreless streak of 476 minutes and 43 seconds. She had a GNAC-best 0.55 GAA, with 44 saves and a .815 save percentage.

MacDowell had four goals and one assist, three of the goals being game winners, and Frankland led WWU with five goals and 11 points.

Chapin had three goals and tied for the team lead with four assists. Cooper had two assists and Sych had four goals and two assists.

WWU, coached by Travis Connell (9 years, 101-55-19), finished 10-5-3 overall and tied for second in the GNAC at 9-4-1. The Vikings were unbeaten in their last five games (4-0-1), not allowing a goal during that stretch.

Seattle Pacific midfielder Kelsey Jenkins was selected Player of the Year by the GNAC coaches, and Falcons' teammate Taylor Sawyer was voted Defensive Player of the Year.

Western Oregon midfielder Lindsay Bauman was the Newcomer of the Year, and sharing Freshman of the Year honors were Seattle Pacific midfielder Riley Dopps and Saint Martin's forward Ashley Richardson.

Seattle Pacific's Chuck Sekyra and Central Washingon's Michael Farrand were voted co-Coaches of the Year.

GREAT NORTHWEST ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Women's Soccer: Jenkins Voted GNAC Player-of-the-Year

SPOKANE, Wash. - Seattle Pacific midfielder Kelsey Jenkins has been selected the 2011 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Women's Soccer Player-of-the-Year.

Jenkins scored four goals and had nine assists this fall in leading Seattle Pacific to a 16-2 record and its ninth consecutive NCAA Division II playoff berth.

SPU will travel to Los Angeles this week to compete in the regional. The third-seeded Falcons will take on Grand Canyon in the opening round on Thursday. The winner of that game will play Cal State L.A. on Saturday.

Jenkins, who is tied for the league lead in assists, has scored 17 goals and also earned 21 assists in her four-year career with the Falcons.

Seattle Pacific defender Taylor Sawyer was voted the GNAC Defensive Player-of-the-Year. Sawyer led a defense that allowed just 11 goals and posted 10 shutouts.

Also winning special awards were Western Oregon midfielder Lindsay Bauman, Seattle Pacific midfielder Riley Dopps and Saint Martin's forward Ashley Richardson.

Bauman, who led Western Oregon in scoring with 10 points (3 goals, 4 assists) was voted the GNAC Newcomer-of-the-Year. Dopps, who scored five goals including three game-winners, and Richardson who led the Saints with six points (2 goals, 2 assists) shared the GNAC Freshman-of-the-Year award.

Seattle Pacific head coach Chuck Sekyra and Central Washington's Michael Farrand were voted GNAC Co-Coaches of the Year. Sekyra, who is a 1989 graduate of Seattle Pacific, is in his ninth season at his alma mater and has a career record of 166-18-14.

Farrand, a 1984 graduate of Point Loma Nazarene, guided the Wildcats to a 8-4-2 conference record this season, a 4 ½ game improvement over last season. CWU's 9-5-4 overall record was just its second winning season in the 11-year history of the conference.

Seattle Pacific and Western Washington, which tied Montana State Billings for second place, each placed four players on the conference first team all-conference team. Central Washington, MSUB and Western Oregon each placed one player on the first team.

Three players - Jenkins, Bauman and Seattle Pacific forward Megan Lindsay - were unanimous selections. Six players, including Western Washington defender Alicia Patten who was named to the first team for the third consecutive year, were repeat selections.

Lindsay and Seattle Pacific forward Kellie Zakrzewski were selected to the first team last year, while Jenkins, Sawyer, and Montana State Billings forward Jaucelyn Richter were first team selections in 2009.

2011 GNAC ALL-CONFERENCE WOMEN'S SOCCER TEAM

FIRST TEAM: Forwards - *+Megan Lindsay, SPU (5-7, Jr., Spokane, WA); *Kellie Zakrzewski, SPU (5-4, So., Cheney, WA); Carson McKole, CWU (5-2, Jr., Oak Harbor, WA); *Jaucelyn Richter, MSUB (5-5, Jr., Billings, MT). Midfielders - *+Kelsey Jenkins, SPU (5-8, Sr., Kent, WA); +Lindsay Bauman, WOU (5-2, Jr., Portland, OR); Justina MacDowell, WWU (5-5, Sr., Bellevue, WA). Defenders - *Taylor Sawyer, SPU (5-5, Jr., Gig Harbor, WA) ; Emily Warman, WWU (6-0, Sr., Sedro-Woolley, WA); **Alicia Patten, WWU (5-9, Sr., Seattle, WA) . Goalkeeper - Jamie Arthurs, WWU (5-8, Jr., Richland, WA). +Unanimous *Two-Time Repeater *Repeater (Richter, Sawyer and Jenkins from 2009)

SECOND TEAM: Forwards - Emily Frankland, WWU (5-5, Sr., Sammamish, WA); Ashley Richardson, SMU (5-6, Fr., Yakima, WA); Amy Pate, CWU (5-7, Sr., Federal Way, WA); Heidi Greenback, MSUB (5-7, So., Woodinville, WA). Midfielders - Brandi Hamre, SPU (5-7, Sr., Bremerton, WA) ; Miranda Heslep, CWU (5-10, Sr., Bellingham, WA); Celina Mortensen, NNU (5-7, So., Tacoma, WA). Defenders - Kelsey Atherley, SFU (5-9, Fr., Port Moody, BC); Hilary Franks, CWU (5-9, Sr., Yakima,, WA); Andrea Chan, SPU (5-5, Jr., Vancouver, WA); Jennifer Larsen, MSUB (5-4, Jr., Mesa, AZ). Goalkeeper - Amelia Ng, SFU (5-7, Sr., Richmond, BC).

HONORABLE MENTION: Forwards - Ali Martin, SPU (5-5, Fr., Beaverton); Megan Chapin, WWU (5-5, Sr., Seattle, WA); Hanna Massee, SMU (5-7, Fr., Gig Harbor, WA); Jenny Field, NNU (5-6, So., Nampa, ID); Autumn Yturbe, NNU (5-6, Jr., Buhl, ID); Brittany Franks, CWU (5-7, Sr., Yakima, WA); Marina Austin, WOU (5-6, Jr., Olympia, WA); Kym Witmer, WOU (5-3, Jr., Newberg, OR). Midfielders - Riley Dopps, SPU (5-5, Fr., Gig Harbor, WA); Brittany Langdon, SPU (5-10, Jr., Irvine, CA); Brina Sych, WWU (5-6, So., Vancouver, WA); Kim Cooper, WWU (5-1, Fr., Bellingham, WA); Sasha Dini, SMU (5-6, Fr., Tacoma, WA); Sarah Staropoli, NNU (5-2, Jr., Beaverton, OR); JoEllen DeLeon, WOU (5-2, Fr., Gresham, OR); Kristen Kastelic, MSUB (5-9, Jr., Phoenix, AZ). Defenders - Whitney Siler, MSUB (5-9, So., Monroe, WA); Josie Graybeal, SPU (5-7, So., Gig Harbor, WA); Molly Campbell, SMU (5-8, So., Federal Way, WA); Jessie Cahill, NNU (5-4, Sr., Henderson, NV); Katie Butler, NNU (5-4, So., Nampa, ID); Monique Thees, WOU (5-8, Sr., Camano Island, WA). Goalkeepers - Tanya Zickefoose, NNU (5-6, Jr., Edmonds, WA); Brittney Rigtrup, WOU (5-7, Sr., Renton, WA); Danielle Gordon, MSUB (5-7, Sr., Atkins, IA)

SPECIAL AWARDS: GNAC Player-of-the-Year - Kelsey Jenkins, Seattle Pacific. GNAC Defensive Player-of-the-Year - Taylor Sawyer, Seattle Pacific. GNAC Newcomer-of-the-Year - Lindsay Bauman, Western Oregon. GNAC Freshman-of-the-Year - Ryan Dopps, Seattle Pacific, and Ashley Richardson, Saint Martin's. GNAC Coach-of-the-Year - Chuck Sekyra, Seattle Pacific, and Michael Farrand, Central Washington.