Emma Pringle, Jenna-lee Baxter, Magnus Kristensen and Marcello and Matteo Polisi accomplished impressive firsts this week.
The Simon Fraser University soccer quintet were recognized in their conferences as All-West regional first-team all stars.
Pringle and Baxter received their honours as Div. 2 Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) Women’s All-West selections, having previously earned similar kudos at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
A sophomore with the Clan, Pringle tied for the GNAC lead with 14 goals and has 23 over 32 career games for the Burnaby Mountain team.
Baxter, a junior, picked up 13 assists over 16 games for SFU, putting her first in the NCAA for assists-per-game average (0.81).
The SFU women wrapped up the season with a 7-9-0 record.
On the men’s side, the Polisis brothers and Kristensen claimed their awards after helping lead SFU to its second GNAC title in as many years.
The reigning GNAC Defensive Player of the Year, Kristensen is a three-time All-West region selection. He led the Clan that limited the opposition to just 14 goals. The senior also contributed with two goals and three assists.
After redshirting last year, Marcello Polisi played nealry 1,500 minutes over all 17 games. He was a dominating addition at midfield, and chipped in a goal and an assist.
His brother Matteo had a standout debut as well, earning the GNAC Freshman of the Year award after posting 10 goals. He ranked third in the league with 24 points and scored five game-winning goals.
The men’s team saw its season come to an end in the first round of the NCAA championshiop tournament, going 11-3-4.
The SFU men now move forward for consideration for the D2CCA All-American Team, to be announced on Dec. 1.