Seattle Pacific's Shannon Lovejoy and Sarah Martinez were voted to the NCAA Division II All-America team by the National Soccer Coaches...
Seattle Pacific’s Shannon Lovejoy and Sarah Martinez were voted to the NCAA Division II All-America team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
A midfielder, Lovejoy earned a place on the first team for the second year in a row, and it is her third All-America honor overall. She finished her career as the Great Northwest Athletic Conference all-time scoring leader, and had eight goals and nine assists this season.
Martinez, a forward and the Falcons’ top scorer with 16 goals, had earlier been voted the GNAC player of the year. She made second-team adidas/NSCAA All-America.
Seattle Pacific was the NCAA runner-up this season, finishing No. 2 nationally after losing 2-1 in overtime to Nebraska Omaha in the championship game last week.
Washington senior midfielder Mike Chabala was named to the 2005 NSCAA/adidas Far West All-Region first team, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced. Chabala earned his first All-Region nod after back-to-back All-Pac-10 second-team selections in 2004 and 2005. Chabala’s honor marks the third straight year Washington has had a player earn first-team All-Region acclaim.
• Ross Vaillancourt became Seattle Pacific’s first men’s soccer All-American in five years after being voted to the NCAA Division II third team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The midfielder is the Falcons’ first All-American since Dana Garner in 2000 and the 19th overall.
• Gonzaga sophomore forward George Josten has been named to the NSCAA/adidas Far West All-Regional third team. Josten, who was an All-West Coast Conference first-team pick this past season, led the WCC in goals with 12 and points with 29.
• After leading Whitworth College to its best season in school history, Todd Sabrowski and Ali Seyedali have been named as second-team Division III All-Americans by the NSCAA. It is the second year in a row Sabrowski has been named to the team. Puget Sound goalkeeper Brian Lawson made the second team and midfielder Josh Hedrick earned third-team honors.
Other women’s soccer
Seniors Cortney Kjar and Erin Williams were named to the 2005 National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas Women’s NCAA Division III All-America first team. Kjar, who also made the first team in 2004, leaves Puget Sound as the all-time leader in nine statistical categories. Williams earned All-America honors for the first time in her Logger career. The senior goalkeeper leaves UPS with a 0.33 goals-against-average and 52 career shutouts.
Washington is ranked 18th in the 2006 GymInfo Pre-Season Coaches Poll. Georgia, the defending NCAA champion, is ranked No. 1, followed by Utah, UCLA, Alabama and Michigan. The Huskies finished the 2005 season 16-13 and ranked 15th in the GymInfo rankings. The Huskies return seven letterwinners from last year’s squad.
• Pacific Lutheran went on an 11-2 run in the final 2-½ minutes in a 76-66 win over Corban College in Salem, Ore. Corban (8-2) had closed to 65-64 before PLU (6-1) went on its game-ending run. Kelly Turner and Kezia Long scored 16 points apiece to lead five Lutes in double figures
• Washington State signed Jackie Hill, a 6-foot forward from Eaglecrest High School in Aurora, Colo., to a national letter of intent, coach Sherri Murrell announced. Hill is the fourth addition to WSU’s 2005-06 fall recruiting class. Hill has played in the Nike USA Cup in each of the past two years and the U.S. Junior Nationals in 2005.
Compiled from sports-information reports and other sources.