Heather Bowman - Asst. SID
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Northwest Conference selection committee has recognized eight members of the Whitworth women's soccer team for their on-field efforts in 2011.
Anisa Babar headlines the group as NWC Defender of the Year while Kelsey Griswold and Mackenzie Grow were both named Second Team All-NWC. Allie Smith, Sarah Berentson, Cory Druffel, Callie Bergstrom and Jami Hegg were considered as All-Conference honorable mentions.
Anisa Babar (Sr., D, Vancouver, Wash.) was a rock for the Pirates this season on defense. This honor marks the third time Babar has been an All-Conference honoree. In 2009 she was selected to the All-NWC Second Team and was a First Team choice in 2010. Babar was the NWC Defender of the Week once this season.
Kelsey Griswold (Jr., MF, San Diego, Calif.) was chosen as All-NWC Honorable Mention in 2010 but this marks her first appearance as an All-Conference team member. Griswold aided Babar for an intimidating back line and started in all 18 games this year.
Mackenzie Grow (Jr., MF, Spokane, Wash.) led the Whit women in scoring with four on the season, including a game-winner in their second match against Lewis & Clark College. Grow started 17 of 18 matches this season.
Allie Smith (Sr., MF, Missoula, Mont.) appeared in all 18 matches for the Bucs and posted one assist and one goal on the season with a team-leading shot percentage of .048.
Sarah Berentson (Sr, F, Burlington, Wash.) recorded three goals and one assist through the season despite only playing half of the year due to a season-ending injury. Berentson was an All-Northwest Conference First Team selection in 2010 and received an honorable mention nod as a sophomore.
The 2011 season is the second straight year that Cory Druffel (Sr., MF, Pullman, Wash.) has been an honorable mention All-NWC candidate. Druffel provided strong leadership throughout the season and scored one goal to accompany two assists.
Callie Bergstrom (Sr., GK, Spokane, Wash.) was an All-NWC First Team member in her junior season and has anchored the Bucs this year. Bergstrom was the sole keeper for the Pirates, and did not see the bench once this season. She finished fourth in the NWC for saves at 78 and seventh in save percentage at .796. Bergstrom was selected as the Defender of the Week for on October 4th.
Jami Hegg (So., D, Spokane, Wash.) distributed four assists in 2011 to become the Bucs' assist leader. Hegg played in all 18 matches and started in 16.
Whitworth finished with an overall record of 8-6-4 and a conference record of 8-4-4 to finish fourth in a close conference race. The Bucs were three points behind third place Willamette University.