Soccer Well-Represented on Great West All-Conference Team

WOLVERINEGREENDOTCOM Natalie Young and GWC Commissioner Ed Grom
Natalie Young and GWC Commissioner Ed Grom

Nov. 3, 2011

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NAPERVILLE, Ill. - The 2011 All-Great West Conference Women's Soccer Team was announced on Thursday with GWC champion Utah Valley sweeping the major awards.

Sophomore Natalie Young was named the Offensive Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year, sophomore Lauren Sack received Defensive Player of the Year honors and head coach Brent Anderson picked up his third straight Coach of the Year award.

"This is a huge honor for our team. At the beginning of the season there was a lot of talk that this would be a rebuilding year because we lost so many seniors from a year ago," said Anderson. "Tonight was very rewarding for the girls and shows that the hard work paid off. It's also very humbling as well."

The Wolverines had six players named first-team All-Conference and two others on the second team. In addition to Sack and Young, Regan Clifford, Kaitlyn Thomas, Lexi Dunn and Brianne Larsen Bastian all received first team honors while Camille Broderick and Kelsey Kimball Cook were named to the second team. It's the third straight year that Broderick has earned all-conference.

Young, a sophomore forward from Springville, Utah, led the Great West with 10 goals and 26 points. She scored six goals in conference games and was twice named Great West Player of the Week. Young was eligible for the newcomer award after playing her freshman season and transferring to UVU. She redshirted the 2010 season.

Sack, a sophomore from Reno, Nevada, wins the 2011 defensive award a year after earning All-Conference honors and the 2010 conference Newcomer of the Year as a freshman. She had four saves in a combined shutout in the GWC-clinching win over South Carolina State last week and finished the season with eight wins in goal.

Anderson, who was named the West Division Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2010, led UVU to a 5-1 record in the Great West, the league's first outright conference championship and the top seed in this weekend's tournament.

The 2011 GWC Tournament gets underway on Friday in Newark, New Jersey. UVU has an opening-round bye and will play either Howard or North Dakota in the tournament semifinals on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. MT.