Hardstaff first-ever Cougars conference all-star

Hardstaff first-ever Cougars conference all-star

EDMONTON – For the first time in program history, the Mount Royal Cougars women's soccer team has been recognized on the conference level with a chosen all-star.

Defender Quinn Hardstaff was named a Canada West second team all-star. The second-year nursing student transferred to the Cougars, and returned to her hometown, after using a year of eligibility with the Trinity Western Spartans. Locking down defence for the Cougars all season long, head coach Tino Fusco is proud of Hardstaff's accomplishment as an all-star.

"Quinn is a valuable piece to our defensive core and we're very happy for her. Quinn becoming our first all-star in program history is a testament to where our program is going and she's a special player. We're very happy to have her as part of our team."

Jasmin Dhanda's year just keeps getting better, as the UBC Thunderbird has been named the 2017 Canada West Women's Soccer Player of the Year. The Surrey, B.C. product ran away with the CW goal scoring crown this season, netting 14 goals, while adding six assists to top the conference in points with 20. A conference first-team all-star each of the last two seasons, Dhanda caps off her five-year career with Canada West's top individual honour.

Dhanda, along with Alberta's Brooke Lang (Rookie of the Year), MacEwan's Kristen Skrundz (Student-Athlete Community Service), and Alberta's Liz Jepsen (Coach of the Year), were named as the conference's major award winners Thursday, ahead of this weekend's CW Final Four hosted by Trinity Western in Langley, B.C.

Earning team accolades are the Victoria Vikes, who take home the Fair Play Award after earning just one yellow card all season.

In addition to the conference's major award winners, the Canada West all-star and all-rookie teams were unveiled, with the Calgary Dinos and Victoria Vikes both earning a conference-high six honourees each.

2017 CANADA WEST MAJOR AWARD WINNERS

Player of the Year - Jasmin Dhanda, UBC Thunderbirds

Rookie of the Year - Brooke Lang, Alberta Pandas

Student-Athlete Community Service Award - Kristen Skrundz, MacEwan Griffins

Coach of the Year - Liz Jepsen, Alberta Pandas

2017 CANADA WEST WOMEN'S SOCCER ALL-STARS

First Team

POSITION / NAME / SCHOOL / YEAR / HOMETOWN / PROGRAM

GK / Puck Louwes / Victoria / 3rd / Utrecht, Netherlands / Humanities

D / Jamie Pasemko / Alberta / 5th / Edmonton, Alta. / Phys. Ed. & Recreation

D / Elsie Butler / Victoria / 5th / Victoria, B.C. / Business

D / Talia White / Calgary / 2nd/ Calgary, Alta. / Kinesiology

D / Emily Lieuwen / Victoria / 4th / Delta, B.C. / Science

D / Jennifer Miller / Saskatchewan / 5th/ Saskatoon, Sask. / Kinesiology

O / Jasmin Dhanda / UBC / 5th / Surrey, B.C. / Kinesiology

O / Aman Shergill / UBC / 5th / Surrey, B.C. / Kinesiology

O / Sydney Daines / Alberta / 4th / Red Deer County, Alta. / Native Studies

O / Seina Kashima / Trinity Western / 4th / Burnaby, B.C. / General Studies

O / Leesa Eggum / Saskatchewan / 5th / Saskatoon, Sask. / Nursing

Second Team

POSITION / NAME / SCHOOL / YEAR / HOMETOWN / PROGRAM

GK / Lauren Houghton / Calgary / 1st / Calgary, Alta. / Kinesiology

D / Brooklyn Tidder / Trinity Western / 3rd / White Rock, B.C. / Science

D / Quinn Hardstaff / Mount Royal / 2nd / Calgary, Alta. / Nursing

D / Any Gartke / Trinity Western / 4th / Edmonton, Alta. / Education

D / Karlee Pedersen / Fraser Valley / 5th / Abbotsford, B.C. / Arts

D / Kayla Kreutzer / Calgary / 4th / Edmonton, Alta. / Business

O / Kiara Kilbey / Victoria / 3rd / Victoria, B.C. / Education

O / Nikki Furukawa / Lethbridge / 5th / Lethbridge, Alta. / Science

O / Montana Leonard / Calgary / 2nd / Richmond, B.C. / Arts

O / Steph Badilla-Guitterez / Victoria / 5th / Victoria, B.C. / Science

O / Karissa McNutt / Alberta / 4th / Edmonton, Alta. / Arts

All-rookie

POSITION / NAME / SCHOOL / HOMETOWN / PROGRAM

GK / Lauren Houghton / Calgary / Calgary, Alta. / Kinesiology

D / Brooke Lang / Alberta / St. Albert, Alta. / Phys. Ed. & Recreation

D / Maya Ida / Calgary / Nelson, B.C. / Kinesiology

D / Brea Christie / Victoria / Victoria, B.C. / Social Sciences

D / Jessica Williams / UBC / White Rock, B.C. / Arts

O / Brittany Costa / MacEwan / Delta, B.C. / Science

O / Harneet Dadrao / Fraser Valley / Surrey, B.C. / Science

O / Megan Duro / Alberta / Edmonton, Alta. / Education

O / Danielle Steer / UBC / Surrey, B.C. / Arts

O / Megan Ripplinger / Saskatchewan / Regina, Sask. / Arts & Science

O / Kathryn Harvey / Trinity Western / Coquitlam, B.C. / Human Kinetics