Feb. 20, 2001
PULLMAN, Wash - After a 13-7 season and only the second NCAA tournament berth in the program's history, the Washington State women's soccer team announced its annual soccer awards at the recent team banquet.
The seven awards - MVP, most inspirational, offensive/defensive players of the year, rookie of the year, academic excellence, and the weight room award - were voted on by all three coaches and 21 players.
Taking home both the MVP and the most inspirational awards was junior goalkeeper Lindsey Jorgensen (North Bend, Wash.). Jorgensen was also the co-MVP in 1999 with senior Christina Pallan. Jorgensen helped lead the Cougars on and off the field this year earning first team all-academic honors and second team all-conference honors in the Pac-10. Jorgensen was also named to Soccer Buzz's All-Far West third team. With five shutouts and a 0.89 goals against average Jorgensen continued her record-breaking career. She currently holds all but one of WSU's career goalkeeping records.
For the third consecutive season senior Deka DeWitt (Auburn, Wash.) was voted the offensive player of the year. DeWitt earned second team all-conference and third team NSCAA All-Far West team honors. With 12 goals and two assists in 2000, DeWitt secured her spot as the second leading scorer all-time at WSU with 40 career goals.
Freshman Shay Hobby (Danville, Calif.) earned defensive player of the year honors for her success as the Cougars' sweeper this season. Hobby was the backbone of a defense that allowed only 0.88 goals a game. Hobby earned Soccer Buzz All-Far West freshmen team honors.
Earning rookie of the year honors was freshman midfielder Kim Morgan (Seattle, Wash.). Morgan tallied three goals and two assists in 2000, including the game-winner against the top ranked Huskies to finish the regular season.
Another double winner for the Cougars was sophomore Niki Ironside (Kent, Wash.) who took home the academic excellence award in addition to the weight room award. Ironside has a 3.98 GPA, the best overall GPA on the team and was named to the Pac-10 All-Academic first team for her efforts. Ironside started 19 games on defense this season.
The Cougars earned the best team GPA in the history of the women's soccer program at WSU with a combined 3.22 GPA and hold the fourth highest GPA among all teams at WSU.