MSUB Women's Soccer: GNAC Team of the Week
Larsen has started every game for MSUB over the past four years (MSUB Photo).
Larsen has started every game for MSUB over the past four years (MSUB Photo).

Monday, September 3, 2012

PORTLAND, Ore. - A pair of home wins including one over nationally fifth-ranked Colorado School of Mines has earned the Montana State Billings women’s soccer team  the first Great Northwest Athletic Conference Team-of-the-Week award for the 2012-13 sports season.

The Yellowjackets nipped Colorado Mines 1-0 last Friday before defeating Northern State 3-0 Saturday to finish the week with a perfect 2-0 record.

Second-year coach Wojtek Krakowiak was extremely pleased with his team’s opening week performance.

“We got a lot of great performances,” Krakowiak, who led MSUB to an 11-3-4 record as an interim coach last season, said.   “It was really hard to single out anyone.”

Krakowiak, however, did have special praise for midfielder Chelsea Shuman (5-2, So., Kalispell, MT – Flathead) and defender Jennifer Larsen (5-4, Sr., Mesa, AZ – Mountain View), who were selected the Red Lion GNAC Offensive and Defensive Players-of-the-Week.

Shuman scored the lone goal against Colorado Mines.  “Chelsea had an amazing game in the middle and scored a beautiful goal from 25 yards out," Krakowiak said. “She also connected on a lot of passes from our forwards.”  

Larsen, who has started 60 consecutive games since her freshman season, not only anchored the defense in the two wins but also scored a pair of goals, her 17th and 18th of her career.

“Jennifer was very solid in the back and won a lot of headers for us,” Krakowiak said.  “She did a great job of keeping the defensive together.”

Two other teams were also strong candidates for the award.

Seattle Pacific’s men’s soccer team went on the road and earned a pair of  two-goal West Regional victories, including a 3-1 win at No. 23 ranked Chico State.  Meanwhile, Western Washington’s volleyball team opened its season with four victories in a tournament at Western Oregon losing just three sets in the four matches.



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