January 30, 2007

Tiera Como Earns Top Award at Soccer Banquet

Jan. 30, 2007

Eastern Washington University senior goalkeeper Tiera Como, was given the Golden Eagle award at the 2007 women's soccer banquet Saturday night (Jan. 27).

The two-time Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of the Year is a 2002 graduate of East Valley High School in Spokane, Wash.

The Golden Eagle award is the top award and is given to the most complete player on and off the field. Como has a 3.40 grade point average and was named to the All-West region third team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Como holds Eastern records for: career shutouts (12), saves per game (6.36), goals against average (1.44), saves (420) and wins (14). She also earned seven Big Sky player of the week honors, two first team All-BSC honors, and two league co-defensive player of the year awards in her career at Eastern.

Carrie Conners, a junior transfer from Walla Walla Community College and originally from Great Falls, Mont., was named co-defensive most valuable player on the team along with Como. Conners was named to the All-Big Sky honorable mention team as a defender this season.

The team offensive most valuable player award was shared by sophomore Melissa Guthrie and junior Shelly Ikerd, who led the team in goals this season with four each. Guthrie, a 2005 graduate of Hanford High School from West Richland, Wash., finished the season ranked 10th in the BSC standings in goals per game (0.25).

Ikerd, a junior transfer also from Walla Walla Community College is originally from Boise, Idaho. The forward also earned All-Big Sky honorable mention.

The Emily Squires Award is given annually to a senior with a minimum grade point average of 3.2. She also has to be a varsity letter winner and a significant contributor to the community off the field. This year the award was presented to Kelsey Tufnail.

Tufnail is a 2003 graduate of Vanier Secondary in Courtney, B.C. She has a 3.4 GPA, is a four-year letter-winner, All-Big Sky honorable mention, team captain, TOPSoccer Coach, and the EWU representative for the Student Athletic Advisory Council.

Seven players earned the Soccer Scholar Award. To earn this award, the athletes must maintain a minimum 3.4 gpa for one full year. The recipients were: Tufnail, Jensen, Como, Robinson, senior Jennifer McMullen (2002 graduate of New Westminster Secondary from New Westminister, B.C.), senior Cat Baller (Edmonds Community College, originally from Bothell, Wash.), and senior Gwen Burgess (Arkansas State, originally from Las Vegas, Nev.).

The Iron Eagle award is given to the student-athlete that shows the most excellence in the weight room. This year the award went to Kim Robinson, a 2003 graduate of Christian Brothers HS in Sacramento, Calif.

Abby Jensen, a 2005 graduate of Sandpoint, Idaho HS, was awarded the Silver Eagle award, which is given to the team's MVP of the spring season.

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