Heather Bowman - Assistant SID
SPOKANE, Wash. - For the second straight year seven members of the Whitworth men's soccer team have been named to the First and Second All-NWC teams. Two more were considered as honorable mentions.
Brian Sherpe earned the Defender of the Year title and shares First Team honors with Nic Shaw, Dion Coxe, Cameron Bushey, JT Meyer and Nate Spangler. Taylor Willi earned a spot on the All-NWC Second Team.
Although the seniors dominated the awards for the Bucs, the future is birght with Robby Ubben and Colin Shockman receiving the honorable mention nod.
Brian Sherpe (Sr., GK, Centennial, Colo.) was a nightmare for opposing offenses. Sherpe finished the season with 10 shutouts and was ranked nationally for statistics in goals-against average and save percentage. Sherpe was eighth in the nation for a .515 goals-against and 12th for his .878 save percentage. The Buc keeper received one Defender of the Week honor.
Nic Shaw (Sr., D, Helena, Mont.) and Dion Coxe (Sr., D, Eugene, Ore.) assisted Sherpe in making life difficult for any offense. The Pirate defense ranks seventh in team goals-against average at .49 for 2011. This will be Shaw and Coxe's first appearance on the All-Conference First Team after a Second Team appearance in 2010.
Offensively, Shaw posted one assist and one goal while Coxe put up three goals and one assist.
Cameron Bushey (Sr., MF, Spokane, Wash.) got it done on the offensive end with eight goals and eight assists to lead Whitworth in both categories. He converted three of three penalty kicks and proved to be clutch down the stretch for Whitworth. Bushey was 64th in the nation for assists per game at .44. This is Bushey's second appearance on the All-NWC First Team.
JT Meyer (Sr., MF, Olympia, Wash.) scored three goals this year and put up seven assists for a fearsome offensive attack. Meyer was the NWC Offensive Player of the Week in the last selection for his assist and goal in their match versus Whitman. The honor is nothing new to Meyer who makes his third straight appearance on the First Team.
Nate Spangler (Sr., MF, Rio Rancho, N.M.) appeared in 15 matches as a Pirate this season and put up four goals and one assist. Spangler makes his second appearance on the All-NWC First Team with the honor.
Taylor Willi (Sr., D, Grants Pass, Ore.) rounds out the senior squad to make All-Conference on the Second Team. Willi started in all 18 matches for the Bucs and contributed four goals and one assist to the offensive attack.
The Pirates ended the season 38th in the country for scoring offense.
Robby Ubben (Fr., F, Gig Harbor, Wash.) was a spark in the forward position this season. Ubben appeared in all 18 games and contributed six goals and four assists as a true freshman. Ubben was awarded the inaugral Offensive Player of the Week award in September.
Colin Shockman (Fr., Grants Pass, Ore.) competed in all but one match this year and recorded one assist in addition to his defensive duties.
The Pirate men finished the season with an overall record of 14-3-1 and in conference, 12-2. They were able to snag a piece of the NWC title with Pacific Lutheran but their two conference losses were to the Lutes who took away the NCAA bid.