Meridian's Lunde, Ferndale's Bannerman claim All-NWC's top honors


09 Blaine Meridian GSOC

Meridian's Taylor Lunde leaps as Blaine's Caitlyn Sharp kicks for the ball as Meridian beat Blaine 5-0 in girls' soccer on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 in Laurel.


After scoring 19 goals and logging nine assists, Meridian senior Taylor Lunde was selected the All-Northwest Conference Girls' Offensive Soccer Player of the Year by the league's coaches.

Ferndale junior Carly Bannerman was tabbed the Defensive Most Valuable Player, after she helped the Golden Eagles post five shutouts and limit opponents to 1.0 goals per game this season.

Squalicum's David Kish, who led the Storm to a third-place finish in the Class 2A State Playoffs, and Meridian's Andrea Ames, who guided the Trojans to the Class 1A state quarterfinals, shared Coach of the Year honors.

Squalicum, which won the conference title, placed five players on the first team, including three of four first-team forward selections - Kim Dorr (17 goals, five assts), Lauren Gibb (six goals, 17 assists) and Kim Hazlett (20 goals, 11 assists). The trio was joined by midfielder Michelle Saunders (two goals, two assists) and defender Rachel Dorr (four goals, five assists).

Class 2A state runner-up Bellingham had just one first-team selection in midfielder Hattie North (two goals, two assists).

Meridian had two first-team selects with defender Karissa Culley (two goals, three assists) and goalie Sydney Gospodinovich.

Sehome also had a pair of first-team picks with defender Katie Mindnich (two goals, one assist) and midfielder Emily Webster (two goals, one assist).

Also on the first team were Lynden Christian defender Sara Dougan (four goals, five assists) and Blaine midfielder Olivia Olason (six goals, five assists).

Rounding out the first team were Burlington-Edison forward Edie Breckenridge and midfielder Megan Wilburg and Anacortes defender Lia Ferguson.

Whatcom County selections to the second team were: Bellingham midfielders Mia Hodges and Kendra Steele; Blaine forward Ashley Quesada; Ferndale forward Jordin Barttel and defender Ali Gonzalez; Lynden goalie Emily Holt; Lynden Christian forward Courtney Hollander and midfielders Haley Hollander and Sally Vlas; Meridian defender Emily Schwisow; Mount Baker defender Slyvia Lynch; Nooksack Valley forward Tori VandeHoef and Squalicum midfielder Julia DeVere.


Selected by NWC coaches

Offensive MVP: Taylor Lunde, Sr., Meridian

Defensive MVP: Carly Bannerman, Jr., Ferndale

Co-Coaches of the Year: Andrea Ames (Meridian) and David Kish (Squalicum)

First team

Player School Yr. Pos.

Edie Breckenridge Burlington-Edison SO F

Karissa Culley Meridian SR D

Kim Dorr Squalicum SO F

Rachel Dorr Squalicum SO D

Sara Dougan Lynden Christian JR D

Lia Ferguson Anacortes SR D

Lauren Gibb Squalicum SR F

Sydney Gospodinovich Meridian FR G

Kim Hazlett Squalicum SO F

Katie Mindnich Sehome JR D

Hattie North Bellingham JR M

Olivia Olason Blaine SR M

Michelle Saunders Squalicum JR M

Emily Webster Sehome SR M

Megan Wilburg Burlington-Edison SO M

Second team

Player School Yr. Pos.

Jordin Barttel Ferndale JR F

Julia DeVere Squalicum JR M

Ali Gonzalez Ferndale SR D

Mia Hodges Bellingham JR M

Courtney Hollander Lynden Christian SR F

Haley Hollander Lynden Christian SO M

Emily Holt Lynden SO G

Slyvia Lynch Mount Baker SR D

Ashley Quesada Blaine SO F

Emily Schwisow Meridian JR D

Kendra Steele Bellingham FR M

Kylie Thurman Sedro-Woolley JR D

Tori VandeHoef Nooksack Valley JR F

Sally Vlas Lynden Christian SR M

Delaney Watson Burlington-Edison FR D

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