All-GNAC T. Sawyer

WPFC Alumna earns all conference honors


(2011) - Seattle Pacific midfielder Taylor Sawyer has been selected the 2011 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Defensive Player-of-the-Year. She anchored the SPU defense that shutout 11 opponents and surrendered just 13 goals, an average of 0.65 per game.

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.

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.


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

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). 

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). 

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).

(2009) - Six WPFC Alumnae were honored, when the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Far West Region squad was announced Monday.

SPU senior Jocelyn Charette (Lakewood, Wash./Curtis HS) was joined on the first team by defender Taylor Sawyer (Gig Harbor, Wash./North Mason HS), who was one of only two freshmen among the 24 Far West region all-stars.

Charette, a forward, amassed 15 goals and seven assists for the Falcons and was named the 2009 Great Northwest Athletic Conference player of the year.

Sawyer anchored a defense that surrendered 0.51 goals per game. She was sidelined four games due to an injury and the Falcons definitely missed her. SPU yielded six goals in the 17 games Sawyer played while allowing five during the four games she was absent.

SPU won the GNAC title with a 9-2-1 league mark. The Falcons finished with a 16-3-2 overall record after being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by Chico State, which won the penalty kick tiebreaker 4-3 after a scoreless regulation and overtime.

Irving, who also was a second-team choice last year, had eight assists, tying a school career record that had stood for 25 years with a four-year total of 26. She also scored three goals, all game winners.

2009 NSCAA All-Far West Region Women’s Soccer Team

First Team
GK, Kristin Armstrong, So., UC San Diego
D, Lisa Bradley, Jr., UC San Diego
D, Lindsay Catton, Sr., Sonoma State
D, Ashley Salas, Sr., Cal State San Bernardino
D, Taylor Sawyer, Fr., Seattle Pacific
MF, Jessica Wi, Fr., UC San Diego
MF, Anne Wethe, So., UC San Diego
MF, Alison Sward, Sr., Chico State
MF, Janae Godoy, Sr., Seattle Pacific
F, Sarah McTigue, So., UC San Diego
F, Jocelyn Charette, Sr., Seattle Pacific
F, Liz Franco, Jr., Cal State L.A.

Second Team
GK, Kylie Broadbent, Sr., Western Washington
D, Carly Bliss, Jr., San Francisco State
D, Molly Downtain, So., Chico State
D, Caroline Hannah, Jr., Cal State L.A.
D, Megan Kendall, So., Humboldt State
MF, Justine Barclay, So., Cal Poly Pomona
MF, Jaclyn Clark, So., Cal State San Bernardino
MF, Kelly Irving, Sr., Western Washington
MF, Makensie Pedrotti, Jr., Cal State Dominguez Hills
F, Jessica Murphy, So., Cal State Dominguez Hills
F, Amanda Johnson, Jr., Seattle Pacific
F, Mary Carroll, Sr., Cal Poly Pomona

Third Team
GK, Maddie Dickinson Jr., Seattle Pacific
D, Paige Peel So., Cal State Dominguez Hills
D, Alicia Patten So., Western Washington
D, Whitley Davis So., Dixie State
D, Caroline Hanna Jr., Cal State Los Angeles
MF, Mikala Wilkes Sr., Dixie State
MF, Amanda Matthews Sr., Cal State Los Angeles
MF, Kelsey Jenkins So., Seattle Pacific
MF, Myriah Johnson Jr., San Francisco State
MF, Camille Peterson So., Dixie State
F, Jaucelyn Richter Fr., Montana State-Billings
F, Jill Webb Jr., Saint Martins
F, Alex Conley Jr., Cal State Los Angeles