Saturday, December 8, 2012

INW Soccer News selects Collegiate 2012 Season Best XI

It was a pretty good collegiate season this year for programs in and players from the region.  The following is this season’s INW Soccer News Best XI player selections for the collegiate campaign, honoring 33 of the region’s top women’s players and 22 men’s selections.

Idaho State and Montana finished tied atop the Big Sky with the Bengals advancing to the NCAA tournament, as did Washington State. In Spokane, the Whitworth men captured the Northwest Conference championship and the CC Spokane women were NWAACC East Division champions while in Montana, Rocky Mountain College captured the Frontier’s titles in a sweep.

Players in action outside the region found quite a bit of success as well, chief among them being at Western Washington of the GNAC and Concordia of the Cascade Collegiate Conference.

At the end of the year INW Soccer News will also announce selections for more exclusive of collegiate honors (Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Team of the Year) along with several other honors in a series of Best of 2012  Awards.  Make your case for who should be included by voting here:  Women  |  Men

In the following lists, five players hailing from Idaho were recognized among the women with a sixth on the men’s lists. Montana saw six women honored and two on the men’s side. Washington had the most players on the lists with 13 women and seven men while one woman and two men were from Oregon. Seventeen players were from outside of the Northwest, including six from abroad.

Women Best XI

Position – Player (Hometown) - School

G – Jamie Arthurs (Richland, WA) – Western Washington
D – Lauren Swanson (Eagle, ID) – Puget Sound
D – Lauren Costa (Missoula, MT) – Montana
D – Jami Hegg (Spokane, WA) – Whitworth
D – Lindzee Baker (Spokane, WA) – Linfield
M – Kirsty Montignani (Dunfermline, Scotland) – Rocky Mountain
M – Sarah Staropoli (Beaverton, OR) – Northwest Nazarene
M – Kaylynn Winwood (Nampa, ID) – Concordia
F – Megan Lindsay (Spokane, WA) – Seattle Pacific
F – Sofia Huerta (Boise, ID) – Santa Clara
F – Rachel Strawn (Roy, UT) – Idaho State

Women - Second XI

G – Tori Talbutt (Boise, ID) – Concordia
D – Allyson Stainbrook (South Jordan, UT) – Idaho State
D – Jennifer Larsen (Mesa, AZ) – MSU-Billings
D – Katie Cashman (Granite Falls, WA) – Eastern Washington
M – Tasha Luu (Colville, WA) – CC Spokane
M – Anna Pingree (Boise, ID) – Idaho State
M – Kasey Rubosky (Spokane, WA) – Gonzaga
M – Erin Huisingh (Pasco, WA) – Concordia
F – Brandi Vega (Carson City, NV) – Washington State
F – Erin Craig (Great Falls, MT) – Montana
F – Cassie Black (Battle Ground, WA) – Eastern Washington

Women - Third XI

G – Kristen Hoon (Corona, CA) – Montana
D – Madi O’Dell (Littleton, CO) – Carroll
D – Rachel Hein (Billings, MT) – Rocky Mountain
D – Brianna Brannan (Kennewick, WA) – Eastern Washington
M – Jaucelyn Richter (Billings, MT) – MSU-Billings
M – Stacy Hamer (Spokane, WA) – Southern Oregon
M – Katie Baran (Spokane, WA) – Idaho
M – Lauren Hickok (Bozeman, MT) – Boise State
F – Lauren Brophy (Helena, MT) – Rocky Mountain
F – Tiara Pajimola (Spokane, WA) – Whitworth
F – Amanda Ellsworth (Roseville, CA) – Idaho State

Men - Best XI

G – Kyle Novak (Eugene, OR) – Whitworth
D – Balin Larson (Seattle, WA) – Whitworth
D – Taylor Ita (Havre, MT) – Rocky Mountain
D – Travis Hill (Spokane, WA) – CC Spokane
M – Brandon Loeffler (Butte, MT) – Rocky Mountain
M – Thomas Chameraud (Poitiers, France) – MSU-Billings
M – John DiLulu (Boise, ID) – Northwest Nazarene
M – Nick Heffernan (Brighton, England) – Rocky Mountain
F – Danny Delgadillo (Long Beach, CA) – Great Falls
F – Oliver Gore (Stafford, England) – Rocky Mountain
F – Robby Ubben (Gig Harbor, WA) – Whitworth

Men - Second XI

G – Alfredo Ontiveros (La Puente, CA) – Northwest Nazarene
D – Juan Guzman (Long Beach, CA) – Great Falls
D – Will Wren (Evans, GA) – Whitworth
D – Brady Espinoza (Pasco, WA) – Evergreen
D – Jhony Mendoza (Yakima, WA) – Walla Walla CC
M – Mike Chavez (Kennewick, WA) – Whitworth
M – Lars Ludwigs (Woellstein, Germany) – Gonzaga
M – Joe Virden (Richland, WA) – Whitman
M – Andrew French (Lacey, WA) – Whitworth
F – Christian Johansen (Drammen, Norway) – Great Falls
F – Sam Engle (Eugene, OR) – Whitworth