Dec. 13, 2011
SEATTLE - The Huskies finished the season at 7-8-5 overall and 3-5-3 in the first season of the Pac-12 conference. The team started off the season ranked at No. 20/19 before tying BYU 2-2 in double overtime and suffering two close losses versus Wisconsin and Iowa State at the Wisconsin Tournament. The team earned their first win in the second of two games in the Husky/Nike Invitational, defeating cross-town rival Seattle University, 3-1. The then-No. 24 Portland Pilots then had a chance to rematch the Huskies' epic upset from the Second Round of last season's 2010 NCAA Tournament. For the second year in a row, the match between the two teams went into 2OT, but, this time, the game ended in a tie since it was a regular season match. After a huge 2-1 double overtime victory over New Mexico, the Pilots and Huskies tied for the Portland/Nike Invitational title, where Husky goalkeeper Jorde LaFontaine-Kussmann was named the tournament's Defensive MVP for her 13 saves. The team showed great defensive efforts against then-No. 3/2 UCLA and No. 1 Stanford, but fell to both teams because of late goals in the 79th minute and 94th minutes (first overtime), respectively. In their Pac-12 opener, the Huskies tied then-No. 21 California as Jaclyn Softli scored her first goal as a Husky. Washington defeated both new conference opponents, Colorado and Utah, on late goal scoring surges. In a 2-1 win over Colorado, senior forward Sarah Martinez scored back-to-back second half goals to win the game after the team went into halftime down by one. Versus Utah, the Huskies led 1-0 at halftime, then scored three insurance goals in the second half to defeat the Utes 4-0. To end the season, the Huskies faced defeats at the hands of USC, No. 23 Oregon State, and Arizona State, two of which were only 1-0 losses. They also shut out Arizona and tied both their foe to the south, Oregon, as well as cross-state rival Washington State, which aired on national television on the Fox Soccer Channel. The Dawgs said goodbye to a special group of seniors who played a large part in the team's tournament run in 2010 - Kate Deines, Jorde LaFontaine-Kussmann, Sarah Martinez, Kelli Stewart, and Alex Webber.
Kate Deines and Alex Webber Receive Academic All-District Selection
Deines and Webber were two of the 22 females selected in their Division, both earning Second-Team honors, Deines at midfield and Webber at forward. Deines maintains a 3.73 GPA in communications and Webber a 3.39 in biology. A total of 10 out of the 22 women's Division I honorees in District VIII were from the Pac-12. This is the first national academic honor for Webber who earned Honorable Mention Pac-10 All-Academic honors in 2009 & 2010.
Four Huskies Earn Pac-12 Honors
Seniors Kate Deines and Jorde LaFontaine-Kussmann earned Second-Team All-Pac-12 honors as voted on by the conference coaches. Fellow senior Sarah Martinez earned Honorable Mention and Jaclyn Softli was named to the All-Freshman team. This was the third-straight conference honor for Deines after being named to the second-team in 2009 and the first-team last year. LaFontaine-Kussmann received second-team honors for the second consecutive year. This was the first such honor for Martinez and Softli.
Deines Named To All-Pacific Region
Senior women's soccer player Kate Deines was named to the NSCAA All-Pacific Region First-Team on Wednesday. This is the fourth such honor for Deines who also earned first-team honors last year and was a second-team selection her freshman and sophomore years.
10 Huskies Earn Academic Pac-12 Honors
Ten Huskies received Pac-12 All-Academic honors, the most by a UW team since the 1999 team also had ten. All five seniors earned honors for at least the second time in their careers. Senior Kate Deines and sophomores Lindsey Bos and Annie Sittauer earned second-team honors. Deines earned an honorable mention in 2009 and was also a second-team selection last year. She carries a 3.73 GPA in communications and is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection. She was a Lowe's Senior CLASS Award candidate in 2011 and earned the 101 Club Scholar-Athlete award at the team banquet. Bos maintains a 3.77 GPA in pre arts & sciences. This is her first collegiate academic award. At Archbishop Murphy HS, she carried a 3.99 GPA. This is also the first collegiate academic honor for Sittauer who has a 3.81 GPA in pre science. Seniors Alex Webber and Kelli Stewart earned honorable mention for the third-straight year. Fellow seniors Sarah Martinez and Jorde LaFontaine-Kussmann were honored for the second-straight season. Sophomores Allie Beahan, Hillary Zevenbergen, and Brianna Sweeney are earning honorable mention for the first time.
LaFontaine-Kussmann Named Team MVP
Family, friends, and staff gathered with the team for an end of the year banquet and several year-end awards were handed out to outstanding Huskies. Seniors Sarah Martinez, Alex Webber, Kate Deines, and Jorde LaFontaine-Kussmann received the LIFE awards, in the respective order of the Loyalty Award, Industry Award, Faith Award, and Efficiency Award. Strength coach Rose Baker handed out strength-based awards to Webber (Iron Dawg), Morgan Swanson (Raising the Bar), and Megan Kufeld (Hard Hat). Voted on by the team, Christina Archer was named Rookie of the Year, Annie Sittauer was named Most Improved, Hillary Zevenbergen for Goal of the Year, Stine Schoening was named Unsung Hero, Deines won the 101 Club Scholar-Athlete Award, Martinez was named Most Inspirational and Offensive MVP (both for the second consecutive season), and LaFontaine-Kussmann was named Defensive MVP and the team's Player of the Year (also both for the second consecutive season).