Feb. 3, 2003
PULLMAN, Wash. --- The Washington State soccer team celebrated its run to the NCAA Tournament Saturday night, handing out awards and honoring two seniors at the squad's annual banquet.
"After a time of reflection, the whole team, the staff, the players, and our supporters got together to congratulate the team on its unprecedented success, thus far," said Head Coach Dan Tobias, who earned Pac-10 Coach of the Year this season. "We will truly miss our two seniors. Katrina Stroh and Niki Ironside gave their hearts and souls to Washington State University and the soccer program."
Kim Morgan and Shay Hobby were named co-most valuable players. Morgan scored 15 points on six goals and three assists while consistently providing a boost for WSU in the midfield. Hobby spearheaded a defense that allowed just 22 goals in 20 matches. Hobby was also named defensive player of the year.
Junior Nicole Wilcox collected offensive most valuable player honors after scoring a team-high 24 points in just her first year with the program. Off the field, her 4.00 grade point average earned her the team's academic award. Kennewick, Wash., native Carmen Anderson was named rookie of the year. Anderson played in 17 matches and started one, scoring two goals and adding an assist.
Senior Niki Ironside was voted most inspirational, and also walked away with a career academic award. Ironside carried a 3.97 cumulative grade point average in education through her four-year career.
Shelby Brownfield, who fought back from a leg injury to join the team for the Pac-10 schedule, was given the strength and conditioning award. Brownfield scored 11 points in nine matches during WSU's stretch run.
CO-MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS: Kim Morgan and Shay Hobby
OFFENSIVE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Nicole Wilcox
DEFENSIVE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Shay Hobby
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Carmen Anderson
MOST INSPIRATIONAL: Niki Ironside
STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING AWARD: Shelby Brownfield
CAREER ACADEMIC AWARD: Niki Ironside
ACADEMIC AWARD: Nicole Wilcox