EDMONTON, Alberta – The Trinity Western soccer teams had five players named to the Canada West All-Star teams as four players from the women's team and one player from the men's side were honoured amongst the best in the conference.

For the women, defender Kristen Santema and midfielders Natalie Boyd and Melissa Mobilio were named to first-team all-stars while forward Daniela Gerig was named a second team all-star.

On the men's side, midfielder Jordan Whitehead was the lone Spartans player to be honoured as he was named a second-team all-star.


The Canada West Player of the Year was co-captain Josh Northey of the University of Saskatchewan men’s soccer team who helped the Huskies return to the playoffs for the first time since 2003.

Also named a First Team All-Star, it was a career-best season, including starting in 13 of 14 conference games, leading Saskatchewan with seven goals, five assists and 27 shots on goal. His total of 12 points tied for second-best in Canada West

In his CIS career, he has been named a CIS Second Team All-Canadian (2009), as well as represented Canada at the FISU Games in Serbia in the summer of 2009.

“Josh is an offensive threat every time he collects the ball putting opponents on their back foot with his dribbling and attacking abilities,” said Huskies head coach Bryce Chapman. “Josh has been one of our captains this year and has led his team by example by playing with a passion and will to compete every day.”

Claiming Rookie of the Year is Alberta forward and Edmonton product Marcus Johnstone, who tied for second in Canada West with eight goals and finished with 11 points overall.

A former member of the Vancouver Whitecaps residency program, the Physical education and Recreation student helped the Golden Bears to a first-place finish with an impressive 11-2-1 record and the nation’s #3 CIS ranking. Johnstone scored two game-winning goals and kept opposing defences constantly busy.

“Golden Bears soccer is very proud of Marcus, and his accomplishment of being selected the Canada West Rookie of the Year,” said 26-year head coach Len Vickery. His eight goals and strong attacking play were a major contributing factor to the Golden Bears finishing first in Canada West conference play and posting an 11-2-1 record.”

In winning the Student-Athlete Award, Saskatoon native Myles Shedden has been a special part of the University of Saskatchewan Huskies, growing from a walk-on student-athlete to co-captain of the team.

Shedden has four goals and two assists this season, including a goal in the deciding game that sent the Huskies to the Final Four in Edmonton this weekend.

He has a 79% average in nine classes, putting him on the Dean’s Honour List for the Edwards School of Business. His education also expanded to a student-abroad exchange in Thailand in the winter semester of 2010. In the community, Shedden has been an active at the University and in the Saskatoon community. The finance major has been the men’s soccer representative on the Huskie Athletics Council for the last three seasons. HAC is the student body organization for the Huskie athletes. He has also volunteered through Junior Achievement a program to help mentor high school students interested in business, the organization of the Peter’s and Pilon Celebrity Golf Tournament to help raise money for children to play sports and been a coach of a local boys soccer team.

“Myles has demonstrated what it means to be a true team player,” said Huskie head coach Bryce Chapman. “He has seen all sides of being on a team, a sub, a 20th player with limited playing time and now being a captain. He has been a role model for our team and for future Huskie players.”

With 26 years as head coach of the Alberta Golden Bears soccer program, Coach of the Year Len Vickery is no stranger when it comes to individual awards and team success.

Having led Alberta to an 11-2-1 season and a CIS #3 ranking, Vickery now has a 167-62-60 (.785) career regular season record. He has guided two CIS gold medal teams (2003, 2006) and four CIS silver medal squads as the Golden Bears seek another national title at the 2010 championship in Toronto next week.

He was first named conference Coach of the Year back in 1993 and won CIS honours in 2006.

“Len is a consummate professional who strives for perfection in all that he does.  He has led an exciting team to an outstanding performance this season and certainly is worthy of the accolades bestowed by his peers,” said acting Director of Athletics Vang Ioannides.

The 2010 Canada West All-Stars include Northey, Johnstone, top scorer Sam Lam (Alberta), 2009 Rookie of the Year William Hyde (UBC), along with other repeat All-Stars including Jerson Barandica-Hamilton (Saskatchewan), Jason Gill and Matt Allard (UBC), Jordan Whitehead (TWU) and Harman Braich (Alberta). For Braich this is his fourth All-Star selection; for Northey, Barandica-Hamilton, Gill and Allard this is their third.

Following is a complete list of all 2010 Canada West men’s soccer awards and all-stars:


Player of the Year: Josh Northey, Saskatchewan
Rookie of the Year: Marcus Johnstone, Alberta
Student-Athlete Award: Myles Shedden, Saskatchewan
Coach of the Year: Len Vickery, Alberta
Fair Play Award: Victoria

                        First Team                                         Second Team
Goalkeeper        Jas Gill, Alberta                                  J.P. Crescenzi, Calgary

Fullbacks           Jason Gill, UBC                                   Matt Allard, UBC
                        Harman Braich, Alberta                        Jordian Farahani, Saskatchewan
                        Zenon Markevych, Alberta                    Dustin Ruddell, Calgary
                        William Hyde, UBC                              Steven Brown, Lethbridge

Midfielders         Josh Northey, Saskatchewan                 Antonio Rago, Alberta
                        Sam Lam, Alberta                               Devin Delany, Calgary
                        Milan Timotijevic, Alberta                     Brett Howard, Calgary
                        Brandon Bonifacio, UBC                       Jordan Whitehead, TWU

Strikers             Marcus Johnstone, Alberta                    Jerson Barandica-Hamilton, Saskatchewan
                        Gagandeep Dosanjh, UBC                    Izak Lawrence, Calgary

Major award winners now become finalists for Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) national awards, to be handed out at the end of the season. The 2010 CIS men’s soccer championship goes November 11-14 at the University of Toronto. Two teams from this weekend’s Final Four, hosted in Edmonton by the University of Alberta, will advance to Nationals.

The Alberta Golden Bears are seeded #1 and play the Saskatchewan Huskies on Saturday afternoon in one semifinal, while the UBC Thunderbirds and Calgary Dinos tangle in the other. The finalists play for gold on Sunday and there will be a simultaneous bronze medal game.


Fifth-year University of Alberta defender Keshia Wallin has been voted Canada West women’s soccer Player of the Year after helping lead the Pandas to a 10-2-2 conference record this season.

The 22-year-old Business major recorded four goals and three assists, including two game-winning goals and Alberta’s first marker to tie the game in an eventual 3-2 upset of then-#1 Trinity Western back on Sept. 25th. In the past, Wallin was a Second Team All-Star in 2006, 2008 and 2009.

“The Pandas soccer program is extremely proud of Keshia. She is a fierce competitor with high standards. Her drive and dedication have been instrumental for her success both on the field and academically,” said six-year Alberta head coach Liz Jepsen. “Keshia has sought to improve her performance through game video and individual training. She has been a presence on the team by embracing and executing the tactics at hand, which has been paramount to the success the program has achieved this year,” added Jepsen.

Wallin also has international soccer experience, playing at the FISU Summer Games in 2008 and 2009, and was an Academic All-Canadian in 2007-08.

Standout Alberta goalkeeper Kelti Biggs has been voted Rookie of the Year after posting a 10-2-2 mark, playing all but 13 minutes in goal for the Pandas in 2010.

Biggs, a Spruce Grove, AB native, led the conference in shutouts (7) and goals against average (0.65), allowing just nine goals in 1247 minutes of action.

“Kelti has been a real difference maker for the Pandas soccer program this year,” said head coach Liz Jepsen. “She provides that ‘one big save’ that impacts the flow of the game to our benefit. She is intelligent, intuitive and athletic – a great combination to have between the posts. The Pandas soccer program is extremely pleased for Kelti, and proud of her recognition by the conference with this award.”

At the 2009 Canada Summer Games, Biggs was teammates with fellow Pandas Shalla Kadima and Kayla Michaels. She began classes at the U of A in the Physical Education & Recreation program this past September and has continued to improve her athletics skills while maintaining her studies.

Student-Athlete Award winner Morena Ianniello of the Calgary Dinos is a fifth-year member for the U of C women’s soccer team who has had an outstanding career on the pitch and been a standout in the classroom or out in the community.

With four goals, five points and 66 total shots in 2010, the 22-year-old Kinesiology student helped Calgary to a 6-5-1 record, narrowly missing the playoffs on the final weekend of regular season play. For her career she had 23 goals and 196 shots, among the best players over the past decade in Canada West.

Ianniello was the driving force behind the Dinos' partership with Soccer4Hope, an organization that implements youth development programs in southern Africa. HIV/AIDS, crime, and drug abuse are among the themes dealt with by the Soccer4Hope curriculum. Ianniello and several Dinos teammates will be travelling to Cape Town, South Africa in May 2011 to work with Soccer4Hope in schools and shelters in that area. She has led fundraising efforts for the trip, and the team collected soccer equipment and clothing at home games in 2010 to take with them to South Africa.

Liz Jepsen has been named Canada West Coach of the Year after leading Alberta their impressive 10-2-2 record, a season that saw them go undefeated until the final two games of the season, well after they had locked up first place and the right to host this weekend’s conference Final Four event.

The Pandas were unranked to start the season, but quickly moved into the Top 10 and were #1 by Week 5, where they stayed until the final CIS rankings earlier this week, where they finished at #4.

“I can’t say that I am surprised at all by this selection,” noted acting University of Alberta Director of Athletics Vang Ioannides. “Liz has really matured as a coach and it shows. She has had an outstanding season with a super group of players, and I am pleased and proud that the team has enjoyed such success.”

Jepsen, a former Pandas player and assistant coach who with several CIS medals, has a 46-26-14 career record as head coach of the Pandas and was first named Canada West Coach of the Year in 2006, when she also went on to win CIS Coach of the Year honours.

Among the All-Stars are many who were also on the 2009 all-conference team, including Wallin, Shayla Behrens (Victoria), Melissa Mobilio (TWU), Lisa Furutani (UBC), Daniela Fuenzalida (Saskatchewan) and Daniela Gerig, a member of the CIS gold medal-winning Trinity Western Spartans in 2008 and 2009. Saskatchewan’s Elizabeth Hudon returns to the list after making the All-Star team in 2008.

Following is a complete list of all 2010 Canada West women’s soccer awards and all-stars:


Player of the Year: Keshia Wallin, Alberta
Rookie of the Year: Kelti Biggs, Alberta
Student-Athlete Award: Morena Ianniello, Calgary
Coach of the Year: Liz Jepsen, Alberta
Fair Play Award: Alberta & Calgary (tie)

                        First Team                                         Second Team
Goalkeeper        Michelle Anderson, Regina                   Kelti Biggs, Alberta

Fullbacks           Keshia Wallin, Alberta                          Shayla Behrens, Victoria
                        Shalla Kadima, Alberta                        Caitlin Milne, Calgary
                        Kristen Santema, TWU                         Kelly Cook, UBC
                        Jessica Briker, UBC                              Lyndsay Munro, UFV

Midfielders         Carleigh Miller, Alberta                        Daniela Fuenzalida, Saskatchewan
                        Natalie Boyd, TWU                              Natalie Hirayama, UBC
                        Melissa Mobilio, TWU                          Morena Ianniello, Calgary
                        Lisa Furutani, UBC                              Carrie Nash, Manitoba

Strikers              Heather Lund, Alberta                        Janine Frazao, UBC
                        Elizabeth Hudon, Saskatchewan           Daniela Gerig, TWU

This Saturday & Sunday Alberta hosts the Canada West Final Four in Edmonton, where the two semifinal winners will punch a ticket to the national championship. The Trinity Western Spartans play the Fraser Valley Cascades on Saturday, while Alberta goes against the UBC Thunderbirds, with both games going at noon.

Major award winners now become finalists for Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) national awards, to be handed out at the end of the season. The 2010 CIS women’s soccer championship will be hosted by UPEI, November 11-14 in Charlottetown. Teams will battle at this weekend’s Final Four, hosted in Edmonton by the University of Alberta, to decide which qualifies Nationals.

David Bandla, Communications
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Last Updated: 2010-11-06
Author: Scott Stewart