By Vikes / Canada West Communications
November 2, 2012, VICTORIA – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s soccer team had five players given the nod from the Canada West on Thursday at the banquet that precedes the Canada West Final Four tournament hosted in Langley, B.C.
Fourth-year defender Brigitte Greig (Parksville, BC) and third-year midfielder Jaclyn Sawicki (Coquitlam, BC) were named Canada West First Team All-Stars, while fifth-year keeper Stephanie Parker (Chemainus, BC) fourth-year Jacqueline Harrison (Whitehorse, YT) and second-year Emma Greig (Tofino, BC) were named Second Team All-Stars.
For the second straight season, UBC’s Janine Frazao is named Player of the Year in Canada West women’s socer, while Krista Gommeringer of TWU is Rookie of the Year.
Frazao, a fourth-year student from Port Moody, B.C. was second in the Canada West in goals (13) and points (17), while leading the Thunderbirds to a 8-2-2 record and third place in the conference. During her career with the T-Birds, Frazao has scored 47 goals over four seasons. She was a First Team All-Canadian in 2011.
Rookie of the Year Krista Gommeringer stepped into the Trinity Western Spartans lineup this year and immediately made an impact. The first-year Calgarian scored less than three minutes into her first ever Canada West contest and since then her play has been nothing short of spectacular. Gommeringer finished the Spartans opening weekend with four goals and one assist and was named the Canada West Player of the Week. From there, she not only scored in six straight games to start the season, but she also went on to lead Canada West in points, with 13 goals and nine assists. Her 22 points were just one shy of the Spartans single-season record and also had her five points clear of the conference’s second highest point-getter. She started all 12 regular season games and finished with three game-winning goals.
In her fifth and final year with the Trinity Western Spartans, Student-Athlete Award winner Kristen Funk not only had her most impressive statistical year of her university career, but off the field, she continued to be an excellent student and a servant in the community.
On the pitch, Funk, who was a CIS All-Canadian and Academic All-Canadian last year, led the conference in wins, with 11, shutouts, with nine, goals against average, at 0.33, and save percentage, at .895. She ends her university career atop the all-time conference wins list, with 43, and second on the all-time shutouts list, with 30. Her nine shutouts in one year also tied her for second most in Canada West history, with UBC’s Jaclyn Dunnett.
While her efforts on the field were certainly remarkable, off the field Funk has been a model student and has helped lead the Spartans efforts in helping the local community. Most notably, she has played a significant role in the lives of a group of Karen children – refugees from Burma – by organizing events, helping them with their homework or simply hanging out and caring for them. She also assists in coaching soccer in the community and was part of the Trinity Western women’s soccer team’s outreach and service trips to Paraguay, South Africa and Swaziland.
In his sixth year as head coach, Coach of the Year Bob Maltman has guided the Cougars to their most successful season ever. The team set program records for wins (8) and points (25) in a conference season and advanced to the Canada West Final Four for the first time after recording the first postseason victory in school history last Sunday.