Three Bulldogs Named All-WCC Honorable Mention
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Three members of the Gonzaga University women's soccer team were awarded All-West Coast Conference honors as the league announced its annual awards Tuesday.
This season, Harber split her time between central defense and forward. The Seattle, Wash., native closed out the year with one goal and one assist, while helping the Bulldogs secure four shutouts. Her only goal of the season was the insurance goal in Gonzaga's 2-0 victory over Loyola Marymount. Harber's assist was also a crucial one as it came on the match-winning goal in GU's 1-0 victory over Austin Peay University.
As she concluded her final season in a Bulldog uniform, Manchester exits having earned her first All-WCC accolade. The native of Spokane Valley, Wash., has started 65-straight matches dating back to her freshman year, including the 20 matches this season. The backbone of the Zag defense, Manchester helped the team lock-up four shutouts. She also finished tied for second on the squad with three assists and scored her first collegiate goal. Manchester's lone collegiate goal was an important one as she found the back of the net with 26 seconds left in the Zags match against Saint Mary's to send it into overtime.
Luke becomes the eighth player in the past eight years, and first since 2009, to earn All-Freshman team honors after she scored a team-tying high four goals, including two in West Coast Conference action. The Mukilteo, Wash., native's two league goals were important ones. Her first was the tying goal in the Bulldogs 1-1 overtime tie against the University of Portland; the tie being the first non-loss against the national recognized Pilots in 21 matches. The second was the winning goal in Gonzaga's 2-0 victory over Loyola Marymount University. Luke also tallied one assist.
BYU, the 2012 West Coast Conference Champions, nearly swept the individual awards. Cougar Lindsi Lisonbee Cutshall, a defender, was named Player of the Year; Erica Owens was named Goalkeeper of the Year; forward Michelle Murphy earned Freshman of the Year honors and Jennifer Rockwood was tabbed Coach of the Year.
Portland's Kendall Johnson earned Defensive Player of the Year accolades.