Five Spartans named Canada West All-Stars

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November 1, 2013, VICTORIA (ISN) – The Trinity Western women’s soccer team was well-represented at the Canada West awards night Thursday, as five Spartans were named to the Canada West All-Star teams, including four on the First Team and one on the Second Team.

Spartans midfielders Natalie Boyd (Surrey, B.C.) and Vanessa Kovacs (North Delta, B.C.), striker Krista Gommeringer (Calgary) and defender Jennifer Castillo (Surrey, B.C.) were all named First Team All-Stars while centre back Colleen Webber (Calgary) was named a Second Team All-Star.

For the fifth-year Boyd, this is her fourth Canada West all-star selection as she was a First Teamer in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and a Second Teamer in 2009. In 2010 and 2012, she was also a CIS Second Team All-Canadian and last year was a CIS Tournament All-Star. Boyd finished this year with four goals and two assists and started all 11 games she played.

Castillo was also a Canada West First Team All-Star in 2011 and 2012 as well as being named both an all-star and the tournament MVP at the 2012 CIS national championship. From her centre back position, she started all 10 games she played and tallied one goal and one assist.

In her first year with the Spartans last season, Gommeringer was named a Canada West First Team All-Star and a CIS First Team All-Canadian as well as being named the conference’s rookie of the year. This season, Gommeringer led the Spartans with 10 goals, which also put her into a tie for the conference-lead, while adding five assists.

Kovacs previously has been honoured as an all-star at the 2012 CIS national championship. This year, she played the most minutes of any TWU midfielder with 1023 and had one goal and one assist in the regular season.

or Webber, this is her third Canada West honour after being named to the First Team in 2011 and 2012. She was also CIS First Team All-Canadian in 2012 and a CIS tournament all-star in 2009. Webber played the second most minutes on the team, with 1047, and had a goal and an assist.

This is the second year in a row the Spartans have put five players on Canada West All-Star teams.

Meanwhile, Julia Ignacio from the University of Alberta Pandas was the big winner on the day as she won two Canada West women’s soccer awards – Most Valuable Player and the Student-Athlete Community Service Award.

Ignacio, in her first conference season, had a league-best 10 goals and 19 points in leading Alberta to a 9-1-2 mark on the season, second in the 13-team division.

In the community, her soccer contributions include being a Youth Program instructor / coach in St. Albert Impact and Sherwood Park, areas just outside of Edmonton, being involved with the Alberta Mini Stars Program and as a Archbishop O’Leary Soccer Academy practicum student

Ignacio has volunteered once weekly over the past three year as Volunteer Children’s Liturgy Leader as well as Volunteer Lector at St. Charles Parish. She will be a member of Team Canada at the 2013 FISU games in Russia this December, was an assistant coach of NAIT in the ACAC in 2012 and for the Team Alberta U14 team this year, among many other endeavours.

“If you were to ask for an example of the best of the best in terms of the student-athlete, I would readily say Julia Ignacio,” said Pandas head coach Liz Jepsen. “She is talented, inspirational, and conducts herself with a high degree of dedication, grace, and humility. She has impacted the program from the minute she joined the squad and will leave a legacy despite her short time with us. She is a hero in our community by her play, her leadership, and, of equal importance, the fact that she wears her heart on her sleeve.”

On a UBC roster filled with veteran players, first-year forward and Rookie of the Year Jasmin Dhanda broke into the lineup and scored five times in just nine regular season games to tie two-time Canada West Most Valuable Player Janine Frazao for the team lead in goals.

Dhanda then scored both goals in UBC’s 2-1 quarter-final playoff game against Calgary. She started seven matches for the Thunderbirds, who went 8-1-3 in head coach Andrea Neil’s first season, and also led the team in shots. The Surrey, B.C. native joined the T-Birds program as a highly touted recruit from the Vancouver Whitecaps FC system.

In July, Dhanda and fellow T-Birds Aman Shergill and Jasmine Mander helped the Whitecaps win the Under-19 competition at the Gothia World Youth Cup in Sweden.

“Everybody is proud of her,” said UBC head coach Andrea Neil. “Certainly, for any student-athlete, it is a transition from high school to university and Jasmin actually joined our program a little bit later as she was still transitioning from an injury and from the Whitecaps program, so once she found rhythm as a soccer player mid-way through the season, we saw how much of an impact she presented for the team; very dynamic, a natural goal-scorer.

Canada West Coach of the Year is a long-time Victoria Vikes sideline leader Tracy David, who wins the honour for her seventh time in her CIS career. David previously won the award four times as head coach of the Alberta program, where she also went on to win CIS Coach of the Year in 1989. This season David guided the Vikes to a 10-2 record to take the top spot in the regular season. The Vikes are currently undefeated, 7-0, on their home field and have been ranked in the CIS top-10 seven times this season. This is David’s 12th season as head coach of the Vikes .

“This is a most deserved recognition for coach David and a strong reflection on the Vikes’ strong Canada West conference play to date,” said Clint Hamilton, director of Vikes Athletics and Recreation.”

Winnipeg has won the Fair Play Award for the 2013 season, marking the first time the Wesmen have won the team distinction since joining the conference in women’s soccer.

Following is a list of 2013 Canada West women’s soccer Awards & All-Stars:


Most Valuable Player: Julia Ignacio, Alberta

Rookie of the Year: Jasmin Dhanda, UBC

Student-Athlete Award: Julia Ignacio, Alberta

Coach of the Year: Tracy David, Victoria

Fair Play Award: Winnipeg

ALL-STARS (alphabetical by position)

                                                  First Team                                    Second Team

Goalkeeper                             Alyssa Williamson, UBC                   Kelti Biggs, Alberta

Fullbacks                                Jennifer Castillo, TWU                     Christina Donnelly, UBC

                                               Brigitte Greig, Victoria                     Jordan Kitagawa, UBC

                                               Shalla Kadima, Alberta                    Victoria Saccomani, Alberta

                                               Vanessa Kovacs, TWU                     Aman Shergill, UBC

                                               Taryn Lim, UBC                              Colleen Webber, TWU

Attacking Players                  Natalie Boyd, TWU                          Meagan Cormier, Regina

                                              Krista Gommeringer, TWU                Jasmin Dhanda, UBC

                                              Julia Ignacio, Alberta                       Nikki Furukawa, Calgary

                                              Tessa Miller, Calgary                       Emma Greig, Victoria

                                              Jaclyn Sawicki, Victoria                   Jenelle Zapski, Saskatchewan

2013 All-Stars with previous selections…

  • Kelti Biggs: 2010 CW Rookie of the Year & CW 2nd
  • Natalie Boyd: 2012 CIS Tournament All-Star, 2012 CW 1st & CIS 2nd, 2011 CW 1st, 2010 CW 1st & CIS 2nd, 2009 CW 2nd
  • Jennifer Castillo: 2012 CIS Tournament MVP & All-Star, 2012 CW 1st, 2011 CW 1st
  • Meagan Cormier: 2012 CW 2nd All-Star
  • Krista Gommeringer: 2012 CW Rookie of the Year, 2012 CW & CIS 1st
  • Brigitte Greig: 2012 CW 1st
  • Emma Greig: 2012 CW 2nd
  • Shalla Kadima: 2012 CW 2nd, 2011 CW 1st, 2010 CW 1st & CIS 2nd
  • Vanessa Kovacs: 2012 CIS Tournament All-Star
  • Victoria Saccomani: 2012 CW 2nd
  • Jaclyn Sawicki: 2012 CIS Tournament All-Star, 2012 CW 1st, 2011 CW 1st& CIS 2nd
  • Colleen Webber: 2012 CW 1st & CIS 1st, 2011 CW 1st, 2009 CIS Tournament All-Star
  • Alyssa Williamson: 2011 CW Rookie of the Year, 2011, CW 2nd

This weekend the University of Victoria Vikes host the Canada West Final Four on Friday and Saturday. It’s UBC vs. Alberta in one semifinal and Trinity Western at Victoria in the other. Both winners on Friday will also qualify for the national tournament.

Each game this weekend will have live video and stats broadcast on 

Major award winners now become finalists for Canadian Interuniversity Sport national awards, to be handed out at the end of the season. The 2013 CIS women’s soccer national championship will be hosted November 7-10 by the University of Toronto.

About Canada West Universities Athletic Association

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