HILLSBORO, Ore. -- Yet to miss a start in her first two seasons, Lewis & Clark sophomore defender Alexa Hanson was selected All-Northwest Conference Second Team, the conference office announced last Wednesday.
Hanson, a Psychology major from Alameda, Calif., started all 20 games for the second-straight season and helped the Pioneers to three shutouts. Lewis & Clark ended the year by blanking eventual NWC champion Pacific Lutheran in a 0-0 draw on Nov. 5. The Lutes led the conference with an average of nearly two goals and five points per match.
Prior to the season, Hanson was picked by her teammates to serve as a team captain in just her second season with the team.
"Having a sophomore captain is rare, and the fact that we have not only one but three of them is huge," said Hanson. "For me being named captain was exciting because I get to have that responsibility. I'm very passionate about soccer and I'm literally willing to sacrifice time, energy, my body for the sport and I think me and all the other captains are the same way."
Hanson's selection to the All-NWC team gives the Pios a selection every season since 2008, which includes all eight under current head coach Jim Tursi. Hanson matches Isobel Fikso's second-team selection from last year and gives Lewis & Clark a defender on the All-NWC every season since 2012. Along with Hanson and Fikso, current assistant coach Traci Nakamura was picked following the 2012 season.
Entering her freshman season, Hanson said she chose to attend Lewis & Clark because "it has everything I was looking for in a college and the campus atmosphere just felt right."
Lewis & Clark had two seniors on the roster this year and is scheduled to return two juniors and nine sophomores including Hanson next season.