Nov. 4, 2008
The Big Sky Conference announced its All-Conference teams for the 2008 soccer season on Tuesday (Nov. 4), and eight Eastern Washington players were included. Four earned mention to the second team, while another four attained honorable mention accolades.
Only once in history had more than four Eagles been honored on the Big Sky All-Conference teams. That came in 2005 when five earned accolades, as one was named to the first team and four to the second that season. The only previous times four Eagles achieved honors came in 2004 (one first team, three second team) and 2002 (all second team).
The quartet to be named to the second team includes Jocelyn Bement, Sara Byrne, Chelsey Hannesson and Brittany Sparks. Today marks the first All-Conference honors earned by each of those players.
Those receiving honorable mention from the league office today were Lillian Bourret, Abby Jensen, Lauryn Koelzer and Lyndsey Martin.
Bement, a midfielder from Kennewick, Wash., helped the Eagles get into solid scoring positions time and again during the season. The senior earned All-SDSU Invitational Most Valuable Player honors after helping lead the team to the tournament title.
Byrne, a defender from Auburn, Wash., helped keep the Eagle defense steady during the 2008 campaign, helping the team keep seven opponents to just a goal or less. She also had an assist in Eastern’s 3-2 loss to Cal State Bakersfield on Sept. 5.
Hannesson, a defender from Langley, B.C., was a leader on defense and a free kick specialist. She got on the scoreboard with a goal in a 2-1 win at South Dakota State on Sept. 12 and contributed an assist in the Sept. 5 contest against Cal State Bakersfield.
Sparks, a forward from Kennewick, Wash., ended the season on a hot streak, scoring against both Northern Colorado and Montana, 1-0 and 3-2 (OT) wins, respectively. She had an assist in the Montana contest as well as in the 2-1 win over SDSU.
Bourret, midfielder from Seattle, Wash., scored in an impressive 1-1 road tie with Idaho State on Oct. 9. The senior also earned All-SDSU Invitational honors after helping lead the team to a tournament title.
Jensen, a midfielder from Sandpoint, Idaho, tallied a goal against South Dakota State and also had an assist in Eastern’s goal in a 4-1 loss to Portland State on Oct. 19. The senior scored nine goals in her career, the fourth-most by an Eagle in history.
Koelzer, a forward from Connell, Wash., set the school record for goals in a season with seven and finished second in the Big Sky in goals per game (0.39). The senior scored 10 times in her two-year Eagle career, the third-highest total in school history. Koelzer earned All-SDSU Invitational accolades after helping lead the team to a tournament title.
Martin, a defender from Kennewick, Wash., was a contributing factor in helping Eastern to a pair of shutouts this season, including a 1-0 defeat of Northern Colorado on Oct. 26. On the offensive end, she scored a goal at Portland State on Oct. 19.
The Eagles wrapped up their 2008 season on an impressive two-game winning streak. After the team defeated Northern Colorado 1-0 on Oct. 26 to eliminate the Bears from postseason competition, the Eagles outlasted Montana in a 3-2 overtime thriller on Oct. 31 to put the Grizzlies on the brink of elimination (Montana would earn the final Big Sky Championship berth on a tiebreaker).