Whitworth Men's Soccer Earn Seven NWC Honors - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Whitworth Men's Soccer Earn Seven NWC Honors

Three Whitworth senior soccer stars end their careers with All-NWC Honors. (Photo Courtesy of Whitworth Sports Information) Three Whitworth senior soccer stars end their careers with All-NWC Honors. (Photo Courtesy of Whitworth Sports Information)

by Whitworth University Sports Information 

Three Whitworth men’s soccer players have closed out their Pirate careers with recognition as First Team All-Northwest Conference honorees. The NWC Office released the 2013 All-NWC Men’s Soccer Team on Wednesday afternoon.

Balin Larson, Andrew Flint and Sam Selisch each earned First Team recognition in 2013. Sam Engle was named to the Second Team while Matt Bray, David Starkovich and Spencer Wolfe all received honorable mention consideration.

Players received recognition on the 2013 All-NWC Men’s Soccer Team based on a vote of league coaches.

Larson and Flint, both of Whitworth’s center backs on the defensive line, each are repeat First Team selections. Larson scored two goals this season and Flint had one goal. But more important to Whitworth’s soccer success, they each helped the Pirates post a 0.85 goals against average in 2013, allowing 16 goals in 18 matches (nearly 1,700 total minutes). Whitworth opponents were only able to get off 4.3 shots on goal per match in 2013.

Selisch, an attacking midfielder who was an honorable mention All-NWC honoree in 2012, received First Team recognition this fall after leading the Pirates with eight goals and four assists (20 total points). He ranks seventh in the Northwest Conference in goals scored and in total points.

Second Team honoree Engle battled through an injury-riddled 2013 season to finish with four goals and four assists. He was only available to start in 11 of Whitworth’s 18 matches.

Bray is on the honorable mention list for the second year in a row. A defensive midfielder for the Pirates, Bray played a key role in Whitworth’s stout defense this year. But he also came forward to score goals in two of the Pirates’ final four contests.

Starkovich and Wolfe are receiving All-Conference consideration for the first time. The former high school teammates (Squalicum HS in Bellingham) both came on to play key roles for the Pirates this fall. Starkovich started 14 matches and tied for the team lead in assists (5) and also scored a pair of goals. Wolfe, who started 10 matches but appeared in all 18 games, had two goals and four assists from his outside back position.

The seven Pirates helped Whitworth finish 12-3-3 overall and 10-2-2 within the NWC this season.

  • College SportsCollegeMore>>

  • Press Pass Pullman Returns To SWX On Monday

    Press Pass Pullman Returns To SWX On Monday

    Monday, September 1 2014 2:16 AM EDT2014-09-01 06:16:30 GMT
    Press Pass Pullman returns to SWX on Monday night at 10 PM for its third season.>>
    Press Pass Pullman returns to SWX on Monday night at 10 PM for its third season.>>
  • Adams, Eagles Soar Past Montana-Western, 41-9

    Adams, Eagles Soar Past Montana-Western, 41-9

    CHENEY, Wash. -- Eastern Washington University became one of the first teams in college football to start the 2014 season 2-0 thanks to a 41-9 win over the University of Montana-Western at Roos Field on Saturday, Aug. 30.>>
    CHENEY, Wash. -- Eastern Washington University became one of the first teams in college football to start the 2014 season 2-0 thanks to a 41-9 win over the University of Montana-Western at Roos Field on Saturday, Aug. 30.>>
  • No. 25 Huskies Hold Off Hawaii, 17-16

    No. 25 Huskies Hold Off Hawaii, 17-16

    HONOLULU (AP) -- John Ross scored on a reverse and a 91-yard catch and No. 25 Washington held off Hawaii 17-16 on Saturday night despite a weak second half in coach Chris Petersen's Huskies debut.>>
    HONOLULU (AP) -- John Ross scored on a reverse and a 91-yard catch and No. 25 Washington held off Hawaii 17-16 on Saturday night despite a weak second half in coach Chris Petersen's Huskies debut.>>
  • WhitworthWhitworthMore>>

  • Whitworth Head Coach Rod Sandberg In Studio

    Whitworth Head Coach Rod Sandberg In Studio

    Whitworth football head coach Rod Sandberg joined SWX's John Collett in the Fasteners Sports Studio to talk about the upcoming 2014 season at the Pine Bowl on Friday, Aug. 15. Sandberg is entering into his first season as the Pirates head coach after spending 11 years as the defensive coordinator at Wheaton College (Div. III) in Illinois and spent a total of 19 seasons with the Thunder as the linebackers coach before running the defense and also was the recruiting coordinato...>>
    Whitworth football head coach Rod Sandberg joined SWX's John Collett in the Fasteners Sports Studio to talk about the upcoming 2014 season at the Pine Bowl on Friday, Aug. 15. Sandberg is entering into his first season as the Pirates head coach after spending 11 years as the defensive coordinator at Wheaton College (Div. III) in Illinois and spent a total of 19 seasons with the Thunder as the linebackers coach before running the defense and also was the recruiting coordinato...>>
  • Local College Football Fall Practice Schedules

    Local College Football Fall Practice Schedules

    All four of the local college football teams will kick off their Fall practices this week with the 2014 season fast approaching. Compiled below is a list of practice schedules for Eastern Washington University, University of Idaho, Washington State University and Whitworth University.>>
    All four of the local college football teams will kick off their Fall practices this week with the 2014 season fast approaching. Compiled below is a list of practice schedules for Eastern Washington University, University of Idaho, Washington State University and Whitworth University.
    >>
  • Local Basketball Teams Praised By NABC For Excellence

    Local Basketball Teams Praised By NABC For Excellence

    A trio of local University basketball teams have been named among the best academically by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) on Wednesday, July 23.>>
    A trio of local University basketball teams have been named among the best academically by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) on Wednesday, July 23.
    >>