8 - Whitney Brannan
Whitney Brannan
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Kennewick, Wash.
High School: Kamiakin HS '08
Position: F
Experience: 3L

2010: Named to the All-Big Sky Honorable Mention squad for the second-consecutive year. Led EWU in scoring with eight goals on 42 total shots. Her eight goals in 2010 ranks second all-time in school history. Earned her first career hat trick and broke the EWU single-game scoring record when she netted three goals against South Dakota State on Sept. 19. The previous school record was two in a single game, which had been achieved 11 times in the program’s 13-year history, one of which was by Brannan during the 2009 campaign. Following her record-breaking performance in Brookings, S.D., Brannan was selected as the Big Sky Player of the Week. Tallied one goal and an assist to lead EWU to its first victory of the season against Idaho State (Oct. 15). Also assisted on goals against Weber State (Oct. 17) and Northern Arizona (Oct. 24). Had one of the most memorable tallies of the season when she netted a goal just two minutes after kickoff against then-No. 24 Southern California. Played and started all 17 matches during her junior campaign.

2009: Was a mainstay in Eastern’s starting lineup during the 2009 campaign. Selected as a member of the All-Big Sky Honorable Mention squad, and named to BSC All-Academic team for the second year in a row. She was the second-leading scorer on the team with five total goals, two of which came against Eastern Oregon (Sept. 9). Had a goal and an assist in the opening contest of the season versus McNeese State (Aug. 29). Notched the game-winning goal against Sacramento State (Oct. 18) with a shot from 15 yards out to the upper corner, giving the Eagles the No. 1 ranking in the Big Sky at the time. Led the team in total shots (48), while finishing second in points with 13. Ranked in the top 10 in the conference in six different categories.

2008: Had a major impact as a freshman, appearing in all 18 games for EWU. Scored one of the most exciting goals in EWU history when she toe-poked a loose ball to the back of the net to push the Eagles past Montana in an overtime thriller in the final game of the 2008 season. She had entered the contest just 16 seconds earlier, and the score was the first of her career. In a 1-0 win against Idaho earlier in the season, Brannan had a beautiful assist, as her high pass caught Lauryn Koelzer one-on-one with the goalkeeper before she dribbled around her opponent and slotted the ball home. Brannan also performed well in the classroom and earned Big Sky All-Academic team honors.

High School: She led the Columbia Basin League in goals (15) and assists (8) as a senior. She was honored on the league’s first team and was Kamiakin’s Most Valuable Player that year. Her junior year, she was named second-team All-CBL. Brannan also played with the 3 Rivers SC.

Personal: Daughter of Patrick and Darla Brannan. Majoring in communication studies. Sister, Brianna, is a sophomore on the Eagle soccer team.

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