ROXBURGH COACH OF THE YEAR, FOUR SPARTANS CANADA WEST ALL-STARS

ROXBURGH COACH OF THE YEAR, FOUR SPARTANS CANADA WEST ALL-STARS

LANGLEY, British Columbia – After guiding Trinity Western’s women’s soccer team to its first ever undefeated regular season, Spartans coach Graham Roxburgh was named the Canada West Coach of the Year, while TWU also had four conference all-stars, including goalkeeper Ally Williamson (Langley), defender Amy Gartke (Edmonton) and forward Seina Kashima (Burnaby, B.C.), who were named to the first team, and forward Isabella Di Trocchio (Burnaby), who was selected to the second team.

An impressive 2016 season saw Roxburgh complete a six-year run in which the Spartans have lost a total of just five regular season games. Roxburgh's team was once again a bastion for defensive success, with the Spartans allowing just six goals in 14 games, while still finishing third in Canada West in goals scored with 31.

He has now led TWU on a 27-match regular season undefeated streak. Including this year's pre-season, regular season and playoffs, the Spartans are 15-0-5.

Roxburgh has now been named the Canada West Coach of the Year four times, including in 2009, 2011 and 2014. In 2011, Roxburgh, who is in his 18th year as the Spartans head coach, was also named the CIS Coach of the Year.

As has become common place in the conference’s post-season honours, it was once again the Spartans littering the Canada West First Team. TWU has now had 20 Canada West First Team All-Stars in the last five years.

Williamson led all conference goalkeepers with a 0.42 goals against average, while allowing a Canada West-low five goals against and collecting a league-high eight clean sheets. Williamson has now been named a conference all-star four times, including First Team honours in 2013 and 2015 and a second team nod in 2011.

Kashima collected three goals and six assists in 13 games to earn her third consecutive conference all-star honour. In 2014, she was a First Team All-Star and in 2015, she was a Second Team All-Star.

For Gartke, this is the first time she has been named a conference all-star. She started all 14 games for TWU and, while also playing spot duty in the midfield, collected two goals.

Di Trocchio is also getting her first Canada West honour after she led the Spartans in scoring with eight goals and finished atop the conference with six game-winning goals.

Veteran forward Jordan Smith is the 2016 Canada West Women’s Soccer Player of the Year, as announced Thursday ahead of the conference Select Six tournament in Langley, B.C.

Smith led the conference in points this season with 10 goals and 11 assists during the regular season. She is the fifth Calgary player to claim the conference’s highest women’s soccer honour and first since the 2001 season.

A second Dino earned a major individual award, as Talia White was named conference Rookie of the Year.

The defensive specialist started every regular season game for Calgary, who compiled a 9-1-4 record to lead the Prairie Division, before bowing out in the conference play-in round to Manitoba.

Taking home the Canada West Coach of the Year award is Trinity Western’s Graham Roxburgh, who guided the Spartans to a Pacific Division regular season title.

Not only did Roxburgh’s side top their division, they did so in near perfect fashion, going 11-0-3 to complete the program’s first-ever undefeated regular season.

Rounding out the major individual award winners is University of Victoria Vike Sarah Douglas, who is the Student-Athlete Community Service Award winner.

In addition to being an outstanding student, the four-time All-Canadian is committed to several volunteer initiatives, including several projects aimed at inspiring aboriginal youth.

Along with the announcement of the Canada West major awards, the conference all-star teams were also unveiled, with Calgary leading the way with five combined all-stars (two first team and three second team all-stars).

Also honoured were the Alberta Pandas and Victoria Vikes as the conference’s Fair Play Award co-recipients, by virtue of having tied for the best sportsmanship record during the regular season.

The 2016 Canada West Women’s Soccer Select Six championship tournament opens today in Langley, B.C., with quarter-final action between the Manitoba Bisons and UBC Thunderbirds (4 p.m. PT) and Victoria Vikes and Saskatchewan Huskies (7 p.m. PT).

JORDAN SMITH – Player of the Year
Calgary Dinos

Fourth-year forward Jordan Smith‘s offensive prowess was a key factor to the Dinos’ success this season. The former World Cup luger led the conference in scoring in 2016 netting ten goals and adding 11 assists for 21 points – three ahead of the next closest competitor. The Calgary native was first in assists and points in Canada West and second in goals next to teammate Mollee Ramsay. Her best game was the first of the season when she registered a whopping seven points on a hat-trick and four assists. She was also named U Sports Athlete of the Month for September.

Smith is just the fifth Dino to win Canada West Player of the Year, and the first since 2001. Kathy Ranheim, Stephanie O’Neill, Taryn Swiatek and Katie Lee have also earned the title for Calgary.

“Jordan is a deserving winner based on her commitment to the program and her own commitment to self improvement,” said head coach Troye Flannery. “Coming off a fantastic season in which she focused solely on soccer since leaving the World Cup luge team, her athleticism and nose for goal was on display through the campaign. We are all so very proud of Jordan who is so very humble in her approach.”

TALIA WHITE – Rookie of the Year
Calgary Dinos

Rookie Talia White made an immediate impact on defence for the Dinos women’s soccer team this season. Starting in every Canada West match, the defensive specialist added two assists on the year, but did a better job of keeping goals out of the Dinos’ net. A Foothills FC product, White will be looked upon for years to to lock down on defense for Calgary and become a leader.

White becomes the third Dino to be named Canada West Rookie of the Year. Former Dinos Shannon Blaker and Leanne Pelosi won back-to-back in 1996 and 1997.

“Talia has been a significant contributor from day one,” said Flannery. “So versatile amongst our back four, she is a dynamic athlete, fierce competitor and represented our program in every minute of every game since the day training camp started. Talia has s a bright future both in our program and the game in general.”

GRAHAM ROXBURGH – Coach of the Year
Trinity Western Spartans

Spartans coach Graham Roxburgh led Trinity Western to the first undefeated regular season (11-0-3) in the program's history. The impressive season saw Roxburgh complete a six-year run in which the Spartans have lost a total of just five regular season games. Roxburgh's team once again was a bastion for defensive success, with the Spartans allowing just six goals in 14 games. Offensively, TWU finished third in Canada West in goals scored with 31. He has now led TWU on a 27-match regular season undefeated streak. Including this year's pre-season, regular season and playoffs, the Spartans are 15-0-5.

He has now been named the Canada West Coach of the Year four times, including in 2009, 2011 and 2014. In 2011, Roxburgh, who is in his 18th year as the Spartans head coach, was also named the CIS Coach of the Year.

SARAH DOUGLAS – Student-Athlete Community Service Award
Victoria Vikes

Sarah Douglas is a top biomedical engineering student, who maintains an A- average (7.26/9 or 3.7/4) while competing for the Vikes. On top of her very demanding course load, Douglas also dedicates any spare time that she has to volunteer in many different capacities.

She is currently the VP Communications for the UVic Pre-Medical Club. She is currently working with the First Nations Indigenous Students at UVIC to plan workshops for aboriginal students.

It has been a long-term goal of Sarah's to help inspire aboriginal youth to consider medicine and engineering as career pathways. She is currently working on a venture where current UVic medical engineering students wpid travel to aboriginal communities to talk about their experiences and to share information about the programs.

“Sarah is a tremendous role model as a U Sports student-athlete. She is a four-time CIS Academic All-Canadian, as well as a fantastic soccer player. She is passionate about academics, athletics and genuinely wants to help people. Our world will be a better place because of people like Sarah.”

2016 Canada West Women’s Soccer First Team All-Stars
Position / Name / School / Year / Hometown / Program

GK / Ally Williamson / Trinity Western / 5 / Langley, BC / General Studies
DEF / Aman Shergill / UBC / 4 / Surrey, BC / Kinesiology
DEF / Meagan Manson / Saskatchewan / 5 / Prince Albert, SK / Business
DEF / Amy Gartke / Trinity Western / 3 / Edmonton, AB / General Studies
DEF / Tristan Corneil / Fraser Valley / 5 / Cloverdale, BC / Kinesiology
DEF / Fallon Dickie / Alberta / 5 / St. Albert, AB / Arts
OFF / Jordan Smith / Calgary / 4 / Calgary, AB / Arts
OFF / Monika Levarsky / Fraser Valley / 3 / Surrey, BC / Arts
OFF / Jasmin Dhanda / UBC / 4 / Surrey, BC / Kinesiology
OFF / Seina Kashima / Trinity Western / Burnaby, BC / General Studies
OFF / Mollee Ramsay / Calgary / 5 / Calgary, AB / Kinesiology

2016 Canada West Women’s Soccer Second Team All-Stars
Position / Name / School / Year / Hometown / Program

GK / Emily Burns / MacEwan / 2 / Sherwood Park, AB / Arts
DEF / Talia White / Calgary / 1 / Calgary, AB / Kinesiology
DEF / Lindsay Machin / Victoria / 5 / Richmond, BC / Education
DEF / Jennifer Miller / Saskatchewan / 4 / Saskatoon, SK / Kinesiology
DEF / Jamie Pasemko / Alberta / 4 / Edmonton, AB / Physical Education & Rec.
DEF / Amanda Wong / Manitoba / 2 / Winnipeg, MB / Science
OFF / Natalie Arnett / Calgary / 3 / Calgary, AB / Arts
OFF / Maddie Lee / Calgary / 4 / Lethbridge, AB / Arts
OFF / Nikki Furukawa / Lethbridge / 4 / Lethbridge, AB / Science
OFF / Sydney Daines / Alberta / 3 / Red Deer, AB / Native Studies
OFF / Isabella Di Trocchio / Trinity Western / 5 / Burnaby, BC / Biology
 
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