Bannerman selected Player of the Week after big start at Saint Martin's

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDSeptember 18, 2013 

It didn't take Kelli Bannerman (Ferndale) long to make an impact on the Saint Martin's University women's soccer team.

The freshman forward was selected as the GNAC / Red Lion Offensive Player of the Week for her performance last week.

In just her second collegiate game, Bannerman recorded a hat trick as a reserve for the Saints on Thursday, Sept. 12, scoring three goals on four shots to help SMU to its first win of the season, 4-0, against Holy Names.

She became just the second player in SMU women's soccer history to record a hat trick, joining Jill Webb. Webb's came during the 2008 season in a match against Northwest Nazarene.

Bannerman recorded her first collegiate goal 40 minutes into Thursday's game. She added the other two in the 51st and 73rd minutes.

GEORGE, JOHNSEN GIVE WSU A BOOST

A pair of former Whatcom County runners have helped the Washington State men's cross country team get off to a good start.

Junior Lee George (Ferndale) was the Cougars' top finisher at the Aug. 31 Clash of the Inland Northwest at Mead, turning in a time of 18 minutes, 28 seconds on the 6,000-meter course to place fifth overall. On Saturday, Sept. 14, he placed 12th in 24:16.01 on an 8,000-meter course at the Sundodger Invitational in Seattle.

Freshman Conner Johnsen (Sehome) was WSU's fifth runner at both meets, placing 10th on Aug. 31 in 18:52 and 34th on Saturday in 24:56.86.

Their efforts helped the Cougars finish second at both events.

FORMER LIONS MAKING AN IMPACT

Former Lynden teammates Ryan Seto and Blair Bomber are making an impact on the Eastern Washington University football receiving corps.

Bomber, a junior transfer from Washington State, caught three passes for 66 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles' 49-46 season-opening win over Oregon State on Aug. 31. He added another 8-yard catch in a Sept. 7 win over Western Oregon.

Seto, also a junior, made his first reception of the season on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Toledo, but it went for 22 yards and a touchdown.

LOPEZ SETTLES IN AT CENTRAL WASHINGTON

After red shirting last season for the University of Washington, kicker Santiago Lopez (Lynden) transferred to Central Washington last spring.

He saw his first collegiate action on Sept. 7, when he booted both of his extra-point chances in a 21-14 loss to Texas A&M-Kingsville. Lopez did not get any chances on Saturday, Sept. 14, in the Wildcats' 20-7 win over Western Oregon.

To report the success of a former Whatcom County athlete, please call 360-715-2286 or email david.rasbach@bellinghamherald.com.

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