University of Saskatchewan Huskie women’s soccer midfielder Daniela Fuenzalida and striker Elizabeth Hudon both were honoured by the Canada West Thursday by being named all-stars.
Hudon, a fifth-year from Prince Albert native and Fuenzalida, a third-year Saskatoon native, were both named Canada West Second Team All-Stars. It is the 30th and 31st time a Huskie has been named an all-star in women’s soccer history. It is the third time both athletes have been named all-stars. Hudon was named an all-star in 2008 and 2010, while Fuenzalida was given the nod in 2009 and 2010.
Hudon finished the season starting in all 14 games for the Huskies scoring eight goals and three assists for 11 points. She had 23 shots and three game winning goals. Fuenzalida finished second in team scoring with four goals and four assists on 10 shots. She started in 10 games, missing four while competing with Chile at the Pan American Games in Mexico.
The Huskies were in the playoff race until the final weekend of conference action. Entering the weekend, the Huskies were four points behind the fourth-place Victoria Vikes and Calgary Dinos. Two wins for the Huskies, combined with no more than one tie in the weekend series’ for either the Vikes or Dinos would have given the Huskies the final spot. Saskatchewan did all they could defeating the Regina Cougars 1-0 and the Manitoba Bisons 2-1, but Victoria won costing the Huskies the spot.
Saskatchewan finished with a program-best 7-5-2 record. The win total tied a program-best set in 2010.
The Huskies will lose Hudon to graduation. Hudon joined the Huskies in 2007-08 immediately making an impact on the team. In her rookie season she started in all 14 games scoring a team-high seven goals and was named the Huskie Athletics Female Rookie of the Year. Since then, Hudon has become arguably the best player the Canada West has ever seen. Twice named a conference all-star, Hudon tops the conference all-time lists in goals at 44 and points with 52. She holds Huskie records in games played, goals, assists, shots and points.
The Huskies will continue to train throughout the offseason to prepare for 2012.