ALL-CONFERENCE PICKS: A trio of Pacific Lutheran women's soccer players have been honored by the Northwest Conference coaches by their selection to all-conference teams. Juniors Karli Hurlbut and Jordan Daniels were each honored with second team All-NWC for their outstanding efforts on the field in 2010. Hurlbut, a midfielder, finished the season as the leading scorer and points earner for the Lutes, scoring five goals and amassing 10 points. Hurlbut came in as the Lutes' leading scorer for the second straight year. Last year she had six goals and two assists for a total of 14 points. Daniels was a stalwart in defense for PLU, marshaling the back line from a central position, while also getting foward and scoring two goals for the Lutes. Senior Courtney Walker was also honored by the NWC, earning honorable mention All-NWC honors in 2010. The outside back from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho had two assists on the year and was staunch in her defending all season. To view the entire All-Northwest Conference Women's Soccer Team, click here.
SEASON SUMMARY: Early in the 2010 season, the outlook for the PLU women's soccer team was difficult at best. Starting 1-8 in their first nine games, the Lutes were struggling to find their form. A combined nine goals scored and 27 goals allowed in those first nine games saw the team in need of a turnaround. The women started to push toward the midpoint of the season and turned it on late. With a pair of shutout wins during the final weekend of the season, the Lutes finished the second half of the season with a 4-5-1 record, and they were 5-13-1 overall, their fourth consecutive five-win season. While the goal-scoring numbers didn't improve down the stretch (the Lutes scored eight goals in the last 10 matches for a total of 17 this season), PLU's defense got better, allowing 17 goals in the final 10 matches to finish with 44 goals allowed in 19 matches. This late surge propelled the Lutes from eighth to sixth place in the Northwest Conference standings. Though the success in the conference table was once again missing for the Lutes, individual success was able to be found as indicated by the selection of three players to the all-conference list.
LOOKING AHEAD: For 2011, the Lutes will look to build on this year's late-season success, and move up in the NWC table. Of the five graduating players, only three were starters, meaning eight starters return next year. Hopes are high that their experienced and balanced team will be able to earn the Lutes some needed wins.
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By: Alex Schisel, Student Assistant