Washington schools notch conference ‘Players of Week’

Washington schools notch conference ‘Players of Week’

seattleuSeattle University men’s soccer’s Shane Haworth (Puyallup, Wash.) was named Western Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 22-28. This is Haworth’s second career honor after he was named for the week of Aug. 25-31.

Last weekend, Haworth recorded two shutouts as the Redhawks won a pair of 1-0 matches over No. 24 Oregon State and Gonzaga this past weekend. He made eight total saves over the weekend, including seven versus Gonzaga on Sept. 28. The pair of shutouts gave him four on the season as he has played all 720 minutes for the Redhawks this season.

This weekend, Seattle U sets their sights on Utah Valley (4-3-0) in their WAC opener in the Wolverines’ first season as a team. SU and UVU face off at 7 p.m. MT/6 p.m. PT in Orem, Utah.

The Redhawks (5-3-0) return to Championship Field to host UNLV in their conference home opener on Friday, Oct. 10 at 5 p.m. in a doubleheader with the women’s team (hosting Grand Canyon at 7:30 p.m.). The men’s team closes the weekend with a second doubleheader, hosting Grand Canyon at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 12.

smuPORTLAND, Ore. – Saint Martin’s University forward Tody Tolo has been named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for Sept. 21-27.

Tolo, a senior from Tukwila, Wash., played a key role in the Saints 3-1 wins on the road to South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and University of Mary.

For the week, Tolo recorded three goals on seven shots, five of which were on goal, while playing all 180 minutes.

“It is always great when an athlete performs a little higher than the expectations that you gave him,” said Director of Soccer Rob Walker. “We asked Tody to hold the ball up for us, take players on and be dangerous. Now we will have to add scoring goals like Saturday to that request.”

On Saturday against Mary, Tolo recorded a hat trick. He scored all three of the goals in the win.

His hat trick ranks Tolo second in school history for most goals in a game. He is tied with Ruben Orozco, who scored three goals against MSU-Billings in 2008. Xan Nixon holds the record of four goals set in 2008 against Northwest Nazarene.

Saint Martin’s men’s soccer is home this week. On Thursday, the Saints will see Simon Fraser at 3 p.m. and on Saturday SMU will face Western Washington at 1 p.m.

Northwest_u_eaglesLA GRANDE, Ore. – Northwest U’s Acacia Johnson a senior from Puyallup, Wash., has been named the Cascade Conference Red Lion Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week as announced Monday by the league office.

Johnson scored a goal in each of the Eagles wins this weekend to open Cascade Collegiate Conference play including the game winner in the 75th minute in the win over Southern Oregon to help NU post a 2-0 record on their road trip. Now has 7 goals (14 points) for the season, tying her for the top spot in the CCC.

Wildcats_CWUELLENSBURG, Wash (Sept. 29) – Senior forward Hadli Farrand has won the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for her play this past week.

Hadli Farrand (Ellensburg, WA, Ellensburg) guided the Wildcats to a 3-2 overtime win versus Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho, sharing responsibility in all three goals as she was credited with an assist on the Wildcats first goal of the contest.

“All three of our seniors carry a special burden, their play is always important to us,” Head Coach Michael Farrand said. “(Hadli’s) play on the field and her leadership off of it is something special.”

The active forward equalized the game at 2-2 in the 80th minute, and in turn, forced overtime. She struck again in the final seconds of overtime scoring the game-winning goal as time expired.

Farrand has scored three goals on the season and has two assists.

The star forward will see the field again when the Wildcats travel Seattle Pacific University, Oct. 9, to take on the Falcons.

“Hadli is an excellent student-athlete and is a part of a very special group of girls,” Coach Farrand added. “It’s nice to see her get on top of her game a little bit more, and perform at a high level.”

WWU_Vikings(190)BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Western Washington University defender Brianna Jones has been named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for Sept. 21-27.

Jones, a senior from Bonney Lake (graduate of Bonney Lake High School), played a key role in two Viking home wins, 2-1 in overtime against Saint Martin’s and 1-0 versus Western Oregon.

Jones headed in the game-winning goal off a corner kick in the Western Oregon game. The only goal WWU allowed was an own goal in the Saint Martin’s contest.

“Brianna anchored our defense in two home games where we only surrendered a total of three shots on goal and she scored the game winner against Western Oregon,” said WWU head coach Travis Connell, whose team is 7-0-1 overall and ranked No.15 nationally. “Bree showed her leadership this weekend, playing stifling defense and contributing to our attack.”

Jones has anchored a Viking defense that has allowed just two goals and registered six shutouts this fall in posting a 0.24 goals against average.

Last year, Jones was a first-team Daktronics All-American and the GNAC Defensive Player of the Year.

WWU closes out a three-game home stand on Thursday, Oct. 2 (7 p.m.) against Simon Fraser.

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