WWU has five first-team selections and eight total selections to the
All-GNAC team. PHOTO: WWU Athletics
GNAC Champion Vikings Dominate All-Conference Team
October 31, 2018
BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The Western Washington University women’s soccer team had eight players selected to the 2018 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer All-Conference Team, announced Tuesday by the conference office in Portland, Ore.
The conference champion Vikings had five first-team selections to lead all schools, with the four GNAC Championships qualifiers making up the entire first-team all-conference list, with Concordia, Seattle Pacific and Simon Fraser all having a pair of first-team selections.
In addition to the five first-team selections, one second-team nod and two honorable mention awards, redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Natalie Dierickx was named the GNAC Newcomer of the Year and freshman forward Dayana Diaz was voted the conference Freshman of the Year.
Senior forward Gabriela Pelogi became a four-time selection to the All-Conference team, and the fifth player in program history to earn three First-Team All-GNAC honors joining Emily Webster (2015-17), Catherine Miles (2013-15), Alicia Patten (2009-11) and Claire Morgan (2007-08, 2010).
Here is a look at the WWU players named to the 2018 GNAC Women’s Soccer All-Conference Team, with voting conducted by the nine conference coaches:
Pelogi (Sr., Federal Way, WA) is tied for 4th in the conference with 7 goals and heads into the GNAC Championships with 43 career goals to rank 5th in WWU history and 6th in GNAC history. Pelogi earned honorable mention All-GNAC honors as a freshman in 2015, and has been a first-team selection each of the last three seasons, including one of seven unanimous picks in 2018.
Dierickx (Kirkland, WA/Inglemoor/Colorado State) was voted as the top goalkeeper in the conference after tying for the league lead with 6 shutouts and ranking 2nd in both goals against average (0.41) and save percentage (.875). The transfer from Colorado State made 49 saves and allowed only 7 goals in 18 games (all starts). She is the fourth Viking to be named the GNAC Newcomer of the Year, joining last year’s award winner Karli White.
Hallquist (Vancouver, WA/Columbia River) was a team leader on the best defense in the conference, helping guide the Vikings to a league-best 0.435 goals against average and 10 shutouts. A three-time all-conference selection during her career, Hallquist was an honorable mention pick as a sophomore in 2016, named to the second team in 2017 and became a first-team honoree in 2018. In addition to her stout defense, Hallquist was also an offensive weapon for the Vikings scoring 4 goals and 3 assists for 11 points.
Eversaul (Vancouver, WA/Skyview) appeared in 16 of WWU’s 18 games, making 14 starts in the midfield position. She is tied for 4th on the team with 4 goals and 5th with 9 points.
Nelson (Puyallup, WA/Bellarmine Prep) was a first-team selection as a defender, appearing in 16 games for the league champion Vikings. She scored 2 goals, with one game-winning goal, and also added an assist.
Diaz (Granite Falls, WA) tied for the team lead with 7 goals and 15 points, ranking amongst the GNAC scoring leaders in her freshman campaign to earn Second Team All-GNAC honors. Diaz had a torrid mid-season stretch where she scored 6 goals over a 5-game stretch, including a hat trick at Saint Martin’s. She is the fifth Viking to be named the GNAC Freshman of the Year and first since Catherine Miles in 2012.
Bartelson (Puyallup, WA) has started 17 of 18 games for the Vikings, contributing one goal and 3 assists.
Chick (Renton, WA/Kentridge) has been a versatile player for the Vikings, filling a variety of roles during the season while appearing in all 18 games (5 starts). She is 2nd on the team and tied for 6th in the conference with 6 assists, including 6 over her last 6 games.
Simon Fraser senior Jenna-lee Baxter won GNAC Player of the Year honors after leading the league with 32 points (11 goals, 10 assists) and Seattle Pacific senior Julia DeVere was named the Defensive Player of the Year. Simon Fraser’s Annie Hamel was named the GNAC Coach of the Year.
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