Butler Named First Team All-West Region by D3Kicks.com after Leading Bearcats in Scoring

SALEM, ORE. -- Senior midfielder/forward Susan Butler (Boise, ID/Boise HS), the leading scorer for the Willamette University women’s soccer team this fall, has been chosen First Team All-West Region by D3Kicks.com. Butler, who provided the Bearcats with 10 goals and five assists for 25 total points, was one of five Willamette players selected overall by D3Kicks.com for the All-West Region Team. Laura Uhlmansiek (Sr., MF, Woodinville, WA/Overlake HS) was named to the Second Team, while Kelsey Rogel (So., D, Tacoma, WA/Bellarmine Prep), Jessica Lammers (Sr., MF, Concord, CA/Northgate HS) and Meghan Anderson (Fr., MF/F, Meghan Anderson (Eugene, OR/South Eugene HS) were chosen for the Third Team.

A total of 11 players were named First Team All-West Region. Butler was one of just two Northwest Conference players earning First Team honors. The other First Team selection was Adrienne Folsom, a junior forward from the University of Puget Sound. A total of 22 additional players -- 13 from the NWC -- were honored on the Second Team or Third Team lists.

Earlier this month, Butler was named First Team All-Northwest Conference for the fourth consecutive season. During her Willamette career, she scored a total of 35 goals to go with 15 assists, giving her 85 career points. She played in 79 out of a possible 80 games for the Bearcats. She blasted 219 total shots during her career, including 113 shots on goal.

Twelve of Butler’s goals were game-winners, including five in 2005 and four in 2006. Willamette was 9-0 in games in which Butler scored a goal during the regular season this year. She also scored in the Bearcats’ NCAA Tournament game against #1-ranked Trinity University (Texas), which ended in a 1-1 tie in two overtimes, before Trinity advanced to the second round following a penalty kick shootout.

“Susan was the most relentless and toughest player I have ever coached,” Willamette Head Coach Jim Tursi said. “Her determination to win is amazing. Whether it’s in practice or in games, she wants to win. Her ability to score big goals for us was her greatest strength.”

Uhlmansiek also earned All-NWC honors four times, including First Team recognition in 2005 and 2006. She missed several games this season due to injury, but still played in 18 of 21 games. She scored two goals and earned seven assists during the season. She was credited with one game-winning goal.

At Willamette, Uhlmansiek saw action on the field in 77 games. She took 179 total shots with 74 shots on goal. She scored 10 goals (four game-winners) and recorded 34 assists for 54 total points during her four years at Willamette. She registered the assist on Butler’s goal against Trinity in this year’s NCAA Tournament. After missing three games in late September and early October, Uhlmansiek was responsible for taking nearly all of WU’s offensive free kicks. She was an important catalyst in Willamette’s overall offensive efforts.

“Laura set the standard fro free kicks. It will be tough to replace her abilities in dead ball situations,” Tursi said. “She was involved in many of our goals during each of her four years, either directly from her free kicks or by initiating the scoring opportunity with a free kick.

Rogel helped lead Willamette’s defense, which allowed just 10 goals in 21 games, as WU posted a 0.46 goals against average as a team. Rogel was able to kick the ball well past midfield from her defensive position, making her a key player at stopping opposing attacks. She also took most goal kicks for the Bearcats. At Willamette, she played in 39 of 41 games the past two seasons, with 35 starts. She has scored one goal and one assist in her two years with the Bearcats. She was named First Team All-Northwest Conference this season.

“She played up to her abilities this year,” Tursi said regarding Rogel. “She commanded our defensive line and dominated many of our opponents. She will continue to be a key player for the next two seasons.”

Lammers played primarily on the left flank for Willamette. She contributed in all facets of the game, providing solid defense, quality midfield play and excellent crosses on offense. She also took some of Willamette’s corner kicks and free kicks, and was involved in many of the Bearcats’ top scoring chances throughout the season.

She started all 21 games in 2006 and possessed the energy needed to be effective at both ends of the field. She ranked fourth on the team in scoring, with four goals and five assists for 13 points. She took 36 shots and placed 12 shots on goal. She was credited with two game-winning goals and converted a penalty kick to start WU’s comeback in a 2-1 win at George Fox University on Oct. 25. She was named Second Team All-NWC this season.

“Jessica was a constant professional this season,” Tursi noted. “She showed up every day and did what needed to be done for our team to win. She scored her best and most important goal of the year in a must-win game late in the season (game-winner in 1-0 victory over Pacific Lutheran on Nov. 3). That goal helped us get into the NCAA Tournament.”

Anderson tied for second on the Willamette roster in scoring, as she recorded six goals and a team-high nine assists for 21 points. She played in all 21 games, including 13 starts. She was one of just two freshmen named First Team All-NWC at the conclusion of the regular season.

“Meghan is our quiet superstar in the making,” Tursi said. “She works hard and has the skills to get past defenders and to create goal-scoring chances. She has the potential to dominate in a year or two.”

Anderson registered at least one goal or one assist in 12 games, including seven games in a row from Sept. 16 through Oct. 7. She led the team with 55.6% of her total shots on goal, as she placed 20 of 36 shots on target. She scored two goals against Lewis & Clark College in a 3-0 win on Oct. 23.

Willamette has received five NCAA Division III Tournament berths since 1998, including final four appearances in 1998 and 2001. In 14 years at Willamette, Tursi has led the Bearcats to 14 consecutive winning seasons. His teams have reached postseason play 10 times, while earning a combined record of 229-44-21 (.815). His career record, including three years at the University of Portland, is 265-58-25 (.797).

Susan Butler

Susan Butler