Three Lane women’s soccer players were named to the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges regional all-star team.
Freshman forward Aubrie Hood and freshman defender Emily Walker were both named to the NWAACC regional all-star team. Sophomore defender Katie McKirdy was named to the team for the second year in a row.
The All-Star teams are chosen each year by all the coaches in the conference <br/>and were announced on <br/>nwaacc.org on Nov. 14
Hood, Walker and McKirdy were named to the team that represents the South and West regions.
“I think it’s cool to be recognized as an All-Star and I was the first forward from Lane,” Hood said. “That’s pretty cool too.”
“It was a good feeling, to get appreciated and noticed,” she said.
McKirdy is the only Lane soccer player to make the team twice in consecutive years.
“I think, growing up, I didn’t ever feel like I was that good, so it makes me feel pretty special,” McKirdy said.
Lane head coach Dave Ellis praised his team’s all-stars.
“Katie is probably one of the most improved players I’ve ever had coming from high school,” Ellis said. “She learns so quickly and she never makes the same mistake twice.”
McKirdy played right fullback last year for the Titans, but moved to left fullback this season to help strengthen the Titans’ defense and was still able to maintain the same form that earned her all-star honors as a freshman.
“Emily was the best individual defender I saw all season in the NWAACC,” Ellis said. “Her pace and her focus as a defender really are second to none.”
Walker left her mark on the Titans’ final game of the season, when she held Everett Community College’s star forward, Rachel Detroit, scoreless and kept her from touching the ball most of the match.
“Aubrie’s a rare breed. She can create goals for other people and also score them herself,” Ellis said. “Through the season, she really transformed her work rate, and became one of the hardest-working kids on the team. That’s when her form and her play really picked up.”
Hood lead the Titans in assists, with six on the season, and also tied for the team lead in goals.
Tori Roberts of Clackamas Community College was named the NWAACC South Region’s most valuable player.
Clackamas’ Janine Szpara and Clark Community College’s Rochelle Hearns shared South Region Coach of the Year.