Tiera Como Earns Second-Straight Co-Defensive Player of the Year Award

Oct. 30, 2006

Even after a tough season, the Eastern Washington University soccer team made an impact on the Big Sky Conference, as seven Eagles were named to the All-Big Sky team on Monday (Oct. 30).

A total of seven Eastern players were named to this team, a feat they have only accomplished one other time, back in the 2003 season. Eastern finished the year 5-13-1.

Senior goalkeeper Tiera Como was named the Co-Defensive Most Valuable Player along with Juli Edwards of Portland State University. Como, who was also named first team goalkeeper, was named co-Defensive Most Valuable Player in 2005 and made the All-Big Sky first team in 2005 and second team in 2004.

"We didn't have the greatest year once we hit the Big Sky," said head coach George Hageage. "But, with an 80 percent save percentage and 152 saves, Tiera Como deserves this honor. I am really happy for her. She has worked really hard all four years."

Along with this honor, Como has also been named the Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of the Week on seven different occasions in her career, including once this year on Sept. 27.

Como will graduate from Eastern with her name in the record books, holding four Eastern records for career shutouts (12), saves per game (6.36), goals against average (1.44), and wins (14).

Consistently throughout the season, Como ranked among the top in the Big Sky Conference in saves, saves per game and goals against average.

Junior transfer Carrie Conners and senior Kelsey Tufnail earned honorable mention on the defensive end.

Conners had two shots for the Eagles this year and played in all 19 games. Tufnail scored the game-winning goal on Sept. 3 against Birmingham-Southern to give Eastern their first victory of the year.

Also receiving honorable mention were midfielders Abby Jensen and Cat Baller and forwards Shelly Ikerd and Cyeeta Mott.

Jensen scored her first two goals as an Eagle on Oct. 3 against Idaho. She also had an assist this season and played in all 19 games. Baller had nine shots this season and a goal against Northern Arizona on Oct. 8.

Ikerd had four goals this season, two of them game-winning. Her goals came against Northern Colorado, Sacramento State, Utah Valley State, and Nevada.

This was the first such honor for all of these players except Como and Mott. Mott was also named to the All-Big Sky second team for the 2004-05 season and was the Big Sky offensive player of the week on Sept. 27 of this year. She leaves Eastern tied for first in the record books for game-winning goals with four.

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