Four Bearcats Named First Team All-NWC

Butler Earns First Team Honors for Fourth Year in a Row; Three Willamette Players Chosen for Second Team

SALEM, ORE. -- Four Willamette University women’s soccer players have received First Team All-Northwest Conference recognition and three others have been named Second Team All-Northwest Conference in voting by the league’s head coaches, the NWC announced today. A total of 30 players were honored, with 11 named First Team All-NWC, 11 chosen for the Second Team and eight receiving Honorable Mention status.

Willamette’s list of All-Conference players is led by senior midfielder/forward Susan Butler (Boise, ID/Boise HS), who became a four-time First Team All-NWC selection. Another senior in Willamette’s midfield, Laura Uhlmansiek (Woodinville, WA/Overlake HS), received her fourth All-NWC award as well, after earning First Team honors for the second year in a row. Uhlmansiek was a Second Team All-NWC selection in 2004 and was named to the Honorable Mention list in 2003. Other First Team picks for the Bearcats this season were sophomore defender Kelsey Rogel (Tacoma, WA/Bellarmine Prep) and freshman midfielder/forward Meghan Anderson (Eugene, OR/South Eugene HS).

The Bearcats chosen for the Second Team were senior goalkeeper Kari Woody (Boise, ID/Timberline HS), sophomore defender Selena Levy (San Anselmo, CA/Sir Francis Drake HS) and senior midfielder Jessica Lammers (Concord, CA/Northgate HS). No Willamette players were chosen for Honorable Mention recognition.

Butler earned First Team All-Conference honors for the fourth time in as many years by leading the Bearcats with nine goals and five assists for 23 points in 2006. She concluded the regular season with 34 goals and 15 assists (49 points) during her career. She has played in 78 out of a possible 79 games at Willamette the past four seasons. She has taken 217 total shots (112 shots on goals) during her career. Twelve of her goals have been 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.

Uhlmansiek missed several games due to injury this season, but still saw action in 17 contests. She scored two goals and earned six assists for the Bearcats. She also was credited with one game-winning goal. In her career, she has seen action in 76 games and has taken 178 shots (73 on goal). She has scored 10 goals (four game-winners) and recorded 33 assists during her four years at Willamette. In the past few weeks, Uhlmansiek has been responsible for taking nearly all of WU’s free kicks at the offensive end of the field. The result has been an increase in dangerous scoring changes for the Bearcats.

Rogel has helped lead Willamette’s strong defense, which has allowed just nine goals in 20 games. She has the ability to kick the ball well past midfield from her defensive position, making her a key player at stopping opposing attacks, taking goal kicks and getting the ball to the team’s midfielders and forwards. At Willamette, she has played in 38 of 40 games the past two seasons, with 34 starts. She has scored one goal and one assist in her two years with the Bearcats. Her goal equalized the score in Willamette’s 1-1 tie with Whitman College on Oct. 15, 2006.

Anderson of one of just two freshmen named First Team All-NWC this season. She played in all 20 games and
was a starter 12 times. She led provided the Bearcats with six goals and a team-high nine assists to tie for second on the squad in scoring with 21 points. She tallied two goals against Lewis & Clark College in a 3-0 win on Oct. 23. Anderson also registered at least one goal or one assist in 12 games, including seven games in a row from Sept. 16 through Oct. 7. More than half of her 32 shots were on target, with 18 recorded as shots on goal for a team-leading 56.2%.

Woody earned a 0.46 goals against average during the regular season, while going 16-2-2 in the nets, as she was the goalkeeper of record for the Bearcats in every game this fall. She registered 10 solo shutouts and two shared shutouts. She
accumulated 79 saves to go with a .898 save percentage. In four years at Willamette, Woody has claimed a 50-15-7 record (.743), while recording 24 solo shutouts with a 0.70 career goals against average. Earlier this year, she contributed to a streak of 598 minutes, 38 seconds during which Willamette did not allow a goal.

Levy joined Woody in making the WU defense a strength of the team. The Bearcats allowed only nine goals in the regular season and gave up more than one goal only once. Levy played in all 20 games, including 17 starts. She consistently applied tight marking to one of the top attacking players on the opposing team. Her efforts were a key reason the Bearcats shut out 12 opponents. In addition to her efforts on defense, she was credited with an assist in Willamette’s 4-1 win over Lewis & Clark on Oct. 18.

Lammers was a catalyst for the Bearcats on offense. She typically played on the wing and provided solid defense, good midfield play and quality crosses. She also took some of Willamette’s corner kicks and free kicks. She possessed the energy needed to play at both ends of the field. She started all 20 games and ranked fourth on the team in scoring, with four goals and five assists for 13 points. She took 34 shots and placed 12 shots on goal. She tallied two game-winning goals, and converted a penalty kick to start WU’s comeback at George Fox University for a 2-1 win on Oct. 25.

The Bearcats have been selected for the NCAA Division III National Tournament and will open postseason play with a first round game against the nation’s #1-ranked team, Trinity University (Texas). The game will be played as part of a four-team grouping at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash. Game time on Saturday, Nov. 11 is set for 11 a.m. (PST) at the East Athletic Field on the UPS campus. Host Puget Sound will take on Hardin-Simmons University (Texas) on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. (PST). The first round winners will meet on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. (PST).

Complete 2006 All-Northwest Conference Women's Soccer Team