WWU Vikings

3 Vikings named second-team GNAC all-stars

Western Washington University placed three players on the second team and four Vikings received honorable mention recognition on the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer All-Star Team announced Monday, Nov. 10, by the conference office.

WWU, which was No. 8 in last week’s final regular-season NCAA Division II West Region rating, completed its season 9-8-1 overall and placed fourth in the GNAC at 7-6-1, winning seven of its last 10 games.

The Vikings earning second-team all-star honors were forward Tye Hastings, midfielder Luke Olney and midfielder Kurtis Pederson.

Hastings led WWU with seven goals, 17 points and three game-winning goals; and Olney had a team-best eight assists to go with four goals.

Olney and Pederson, who had two assists, played key roles on a defense that allowed 1.23 goals per game and notched four shutouts.

Honorable mention went to defender Troy McCarty, goalkeeper Keegan Rogers, midfielder Uche Ugwoaba and midfielder Gabrielle Zaccagnini.

Rogers had a 1.23 GAA and a 72.3 save percentage. The four shutouts gave him a four-year career total of 16, second most in school history and just two shy of the WWU record.

Zaccagnini had two goals and three assists.

McCarty received first-team GNAC all-star honors last season, and Rogers and Ugwoaba were second-team picks

GNAC Player of the Year honors went to Simon Fraser forward Jovan Blagojevic and Northwest Nazarene’s Coe Michaelson and Seattle Pacific’s Mark Collings were co-Coaches of the Year.

Northwest Nazarene received three more GNAC top awards with goalkeeper Alfredo Ontiveros being Defensive Player of the Year, Julio Castillo, Newcomer of the Year; and defender Yannick Petzschke, Freshman of the Year.