LANGLEY, B.C. – Trinity Western’s Seina Kashima (Burnaby, B.C.) was named a Canada West First Team All-Star, while Brooklyn Tidder (White Rock, B.C.) and Amy Gartke (Edmonton) were both named Second Team All-Stars and Kathryn Harvey (Coquitlam, B.C.) was named to the Canada West All-Rookie Team.
Kashima finished second in Canada West in assists, with eight, and tied for the Spartans team lead in points, with 12. Along the way, the fourth-year striker tied the Canada West career assists record, at 27. She has been a conference all-star in each of her four years at TWU, earning First Team honours in 2014 and 2016 and Second Team honours in 2015.
For the fourth-year Gartke, the Second Team nod marks the second year in a row she has been named a Canada West all-star, after being voted to the First Team last year. This year, she moved from the back line to the midfield and was one of just two Spartans to start all 14 games. She finished the regular season with two goals and three assists.
Tidder is a Canada West all-star for the first time in her career as the star centre-back guided TWU to an historic defensive season. The third-year defender was part of staunch back line that helped the Spartans to a Canada West record 10-match shutout streak. Tidder started all 13 of the games she played and was a key reason TWU went 924 minutes without conceding a goal.
Harvey was an instant success on the field after transferring to TWU this year following a two-year stint playing lacrosse at LIU Brooklyn. Returning to the soccer pitch, Harvey scored four goals, including a team-high three game-winners, and added two assists while starting 11 of TWU’s 14 games.
The Spartans will host UBC Friday in the Canada West Final Four at 5:30 p.m. (PT). The winner advances to both the Canada West Gold Medal Match and earns a berth into the U SPORTS Championship.
CANADA WEST AWARDS
Jasmin Dhanda’s year just keeps getting better, as the UBC Thunderbird has been named the 2017 Canada West Women’s Soccer Player of the Year.
The Surrey, B.C. product ran away with the CW goal scoring crown this season, netting 14 goals, while adding six assists to top the conference in points with 20. A conference first-team all-star each of the last two seasons, Dhanda caps off her five-year career with Canada West’s top individual honour.
Dhanda, along with Alberta’s Brooke Lang (Rookie of the Year), MacEwan’s Kristen Skrundz (Student-Athlete Community Service), and Alberta’s Liz Jepsen (Coach of the Year), were named as the conference’s major award winners Thursday, ahead of this weekend’s CW Final Four hosted by Trinity Western in Langley, B.C.
Earning team accolades are the Victoria Vikes, who take home the Fair Play Award after earning just one yellow card all season.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Jasmin Dhanda
Jasmin Dhanda’s career for the record books now has another milestone, as the veteran forward has been named the 2017 Canada West Women’s Soccer Player of the Year.
Dhanda netted 14 goals this season to go along with six assists, as she topped the conference in both goal scoring and points. Thanks to her dominant season, Dhanda finished her career atop the Canada West record book in career points (65), third in goals (43), and tied for fifth in assists (22).
A three-time first-team Canada West all-star, Dhanda helped guide the Thunderbirds to another outstanding season, as the defending Canada West champions went 9-2-3 to finishe third in the Pacific Division standings.
The Kinesiology student is looking to finish her five-year career with a third consecutive CW banner, and a second national title in the last three seasons.
Dhanda now moves forward as the Canada West nominee for the Chantal Navert Memorial Award as the U SPORTS player of the year.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR – Brooke Lang
St. Albert, Alta.
Physical Education & Recreation
After representing Alberta at the 2017 Canada Games in Winnipeg this summer, St. Albert’s Brooke Lang enjoyed a tremendous freshmen season with the Alberta Pandas to earn the title of CW Rookie of the Year.
Lang, whose twin sister Cara also suited up for the Pandas this season, was airtight defensively for the Pandas, playing a central role for an Alberta team that yielded just six goals against this season – tops in Canada West.
In addition to her tough defence, Lang chipped in with a pair of goals for the Pandas, who finished first in the Prairie Division with a 10-2-2 record.
She now moves forward as the CW nominee for the U SPORTS Rookie of the Year Award, where she is looking to become the first player from Alberts to claim the honour.
STUDENT-ATHLETE COMMUNITY SERVICE – Kristen Skrundz
After being told by in high school by one of her academy coaches that she would never play university soccer, Kristen Skrundz has not only achieved her goal, but excelled.
On the pitch, Skrundz was part of MacEwan’s 2013 Canadian Colleges Athletic Association national title and has been a key part of the Griffins transition to the Canada West level, where they have emerged as a strong program in only a few short years.
As a student, Skrundz is in one of the most demanding programs at MacEwan University – Nursing – but that hasn’t prevented her from achieving honours status with her GPA.
In the community, Skrundz plays a lead role with the Free Footie organization, which is a totally free soccer league in Edmonton, Alta. for kids who wouldn't otherwise be able to play because of cost or other barriers in their life.
Skrundz has also emerged as an important leader within the MacEwan student-athlete community, mentoring fellow Griffins in the nursing program.
COACH OF THE YEAR – Liz Jepsen
Longtime Pandas head coach Liz Jepsen is the Canada West Women’s Soccer Coach of the Year for the third time in her career, after previously earning the award in 2006 and 2010.
Jepsen, who played four seasons for the Pandas in the early 1990s, guided Alberta to a 10-2-2 regular season mark in 2017 to top the conference’s Prairie Division.
During her time leading the Pandas, Jepsen’s teams have earned one Canada West title (2013) and made three appearances at the national tournament (2005, 2011, 2013).
2017 CANADA WEST WOMEN’S SOCCER ALL-STARS & ALL-ROOKIES
POSITION / NAME / SCHOOL / YEAR / HOMETOWN / PROGRAM
GK / Puck Louwes / Victoria / 3rd / Utrecht, Netherlands / Humanities
D / Jamie Pasemko / Alberta / 5th / Edmonton, Alta. / Phys. Ed. & Recreation
D / Elsie Butler / Victoria / 5th / Victoria, B.C. / Business
D / Talia White / Calgary / 2nd/ Calgary, Alta. / Kinesiology
D / Emily Lieuwen / Victoria / 4th / Delta, B.C. / Science
D / Jennifer Miller / Saskatchewan / 5th/ Saskatoon, Sask. / Kinesiology
O / Jasmin Dhanda / UBC / 5th / Surrey, B.C. / Kinesiology
O / Aman Shergill / UBC / 5th / Surrey, B.C. / Kinesiology
O / Sydney Daines / Alberta / 4th / Red Deer County, Alta. / Native Studies
O / Seina Kashima / Trinity Western / 4th / Burnaby, B.C. / General Studies
O / Leesa Eggum / Saskatchewan / 5th / Saskatoon, Sask. / Nursing
POSITION / NAME / SCHOOL / YEAR / HOMETOWN / PROGRAM
GK / Lauren Houghton / Calgary / 1st / Calgary, Alta. / Kinesiology
D / Brooklyn Tidder / Trinity Western / 3rd / White Rock, B.C. / Science
D / Quinn Hardstaff / Mount Royal / 2nd / Calgary, Alta. / Nursing
D / Amy Gartke / Trinity Western / 4th / Edmonton, Alta. / Education
D / Karlee Pedersen / Fraser Valley / 5th / Abbotsford, B.C. / Arts
D / Kayla Kreutzer / Calgary / 4th / Edmonton, Alta. / Business
O / Kiara Kilbey / Victoria / 3rd / Victoria, B.C. / Education
O / Nikki Furukawa / Lethbridge / 5th / Lethbridge, Alta. / Science
O / Montana Leonard / Calgary / 2nd / Richmond, B.C. / Arts
O / Stephanie Badilla Guitterez / Victoria / 5th / Victoria, B.C. / Science
O / Karissa McNutt / Alberta / 4th / Edmonton, Alta. / Arts
POSITION / NAME / SCHOOL / HOMETOWN / PROGRAM
GK / Lauren Houghton / Calgary / Calgary, Alta. / Kinesiology
D / Brooke Lang / Alberta / St. Albert, Alta. / Phys. Ed. & Recreation
D / Maya Ida / Calgary / Nelson, B.C. / Kinesiology
D / Brea Christie / Victoria / Victoria, B.C. / Social Sciences
D / Jessica Williams / UBC / White Rock, B.C. / Arts
O / Brittany Costa / MacEwan / Delta, B.C. / Science
O / Harneet Dadrao / Fraser Valley / Surrey, B.C. / Science
O / Megan Duro / Alberta / Edmonton, Alta. / Education
O / Danielle Steer / UBC / Surrey, B.C. / Arts
O / Megan Ripplinger / Saskatchewan / Regina, Sask. / Arts & Science
O / Kathryn Harvey / Trinity Western / Coquitlam, B.C. / Human Kinetics
CW WSOC ALL-STARS & ALL-ROOKIES BY TEAM:
Calgary Dinos – 6
Victoria Vikes – 6
Alberta Pandas – 5
UBC Thunderbirds – 4
Trinity Western Spartans – 4
Saskatchewan Huskies – 3
Fraser Valley Cascades – 2
Lethbridge Pronghorns – 1
MacEwan Griffins – 1
Mount Royal Cougars – 1
About Canada West
Canada West (CW) is the leading university athletic conference in the country and is home to champion student-athletes that excel in the classroom and their communities. Canada West and our 17 members from across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba collectively carry on a legacy of competitive excellence, as our champions proudly go on to represent the conference at U SPORTS national championships.
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