Penn, Clarke Named GNAC Second Team All-Stars
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Central Washington University freshman Kelsey Penn (Port Orchard, Wash./South Kitsap HS) and junior Lynde Clarke (Albuquerque, N.M./Sandia HS) have both been named to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference All-Conference Women's Soccer Second Team, announced Tuesday by the conference office.
A total of five Wildcat student-athletes earned all-conference recognition, as three other players -- senior Hilary Davidson (Auburn, Wash.), freshman Kaycie Hutchins (Port Orchard, Wash./Bellarmine Prep), and junior Shawnna Chastain (San Diego, Calif./University City HS) added honorable mention honors.
Penn finished her rookie season with the Wildcats as the team's leading scorer with eight goals -- the highest total by a CWU player since Jenny Merkel's 11 tallies during the 2000 campaign. Three of Penn's goals this season were game-winners as Central Washington posted its best winning percentage since 2000 by finishing 7-10-4 overall.
For Clarke, a midfielder, it was her second straight second-team all-conference honor. This season, she was one of five Wildcats to start all 21 matches, finishing with a goal and two assists.
Davidson and Chastain also started all 21 contests for the Wildcats, with Davidson, a forward, earning four assists and serving as a team co-captain. Chastain anchored Central Washington's defensive efforts and received GNAC Player of the Week honors earlier this season. CWU allowed just 1.33 goals per game in 2007, the fewest goals per game allowed by the program in the past seven years.
Hutchins was Central's second-leading scorer for goals (four) and points (13), trailing her classmate and fellow Port Orchard native in Penn. Two of Hutchins' goals from the midfielder position were game-winners.
Sarah Martinez of Seattle Pacific was named Player of the Year for the second straight season, while two other Falcons -- Jocelyn Charette and Chuck Sekyra -- earned specialty awards from the conference. Charette was the Newcomer of the Year, while Sekyra received Coach of the Year honors. Western Washington's Claire Morgan was tabbed Freshman of the Year.
Central Washington finished in a tie for fifth place in the GNAC this season with a 4-8-2 conference record. The youthful Wildcats, who had 16 of their 28 goals scored by freshmen this season, lose just five seniors to graduation.