As expected, the 2A state champion Squalicum’s girls’ soccer team took home a lion’s share of the All-Northwest Conference team selections, which were announced Tuesday, Nov. 25.
Squalicum senior defender Michelle Saunders won the NWC Defensive Most Valuable Player and David Kish grabbed Coach of the Year.
Burlington-Edison’s Edie Breckenridge snagged the NWC Offensive MVP award after scoring a league-leading 37 goals this season, including seven hat tricks and a six-goal game.
Saunders not only tallied 19 assists, most via set pieces, during Squalicum’s state title run, but she also bolstered a backline that allowed only 11 goals this season.
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Other Squalicum first-teamers included defender Jackie Dierdorff, midfielders Julia DeVere and Sarah Byron and forwards Kim Hazlett and Kim Dorr. Dierdorff tallied two goals and seven assists, DeVere scored seven goals and seven assists, Byron added four goals including one in the state semifinals, Hazlett had a team-leading 27 goals and Dorr tallied 20 goals.
Lynden and Bellingham each earned two first-team selections. The Lions’ goalkeeper Emily Holt and midfielder Peyton Fullner each got selected to the first team. Bellingham’s star midfield duo of Hattie North and Mia Hodges also took selections.
Other first teamers’ included Ferndale’s Carly Bannerman, Lynden Christian’s Sara Dougan and Nooksack Valley’s Tori Vandehoef, who scored 25 goals.
Whatcom County second-teamers were Meridian’s Sydney Gospodinovich, Lexi McKinnon and Payton Lunde, Bellingham’s Emma Brice and Brooke Baker, Sehome’s Katie Mindnich, Devin Grahn and Abby Webster, LC’s Haley Hollander, Ferndale’s Jordin Bartel and Blaine’s Ashley Quesada.
Offensive MVP: Edie Breckenridge (Burlington-Edison); Defensive MVP: Michelle Saunders (Squalicum); Coach of the Year: David Kish (Squalicum); First team: Goalkeeper: Emily Holt (Lynden), Defenders: Carly Bannerman (Ferndale), Sara Dougan (Lynden Christian), Jackie Dierdorff (Squalicum), Michelle Saunders (Squalicum); Midfielders: Hattie North (Bellingham), Mia Hodges (Bellingham), Peyton Fullner (Lynden), Julia DeVere (Squalicum), Sarah Byron (Squalicum); Forwards: Edie Breckenridge (Burlington-Edison), Tori Vandehoef (Nooksack Valley), Kim Dorr (Squalicum), Kim Hazlett (Squalicum). Second team: Goalkeeper: Sydney Gospodinovich (Meridian), Defenders: Delaney Watson (Burlington-Edison), Morgan Harlan (Burlington-Edison), Emma Brice (Bellingham), Katie Mindnich (Sehome), Forwards: Ashley Quesada (Blaine), Jordin Bartel (Ferndale), Payton Lunde (Meridian), Abby Webster (Sehome).