WWU’s Maris named second-team NSCAA/NCAA II All-American

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WWU’s Maris named second-team NSCAA/NCAA II All-American


BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Western Washington University forward Kristin Maris (Sr., Issaquah) was named a second-team National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Continental Tire/NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer All-American in an announcement made Friday.

Maris, the team captain, helped the Vikings to their best season in program history, finishing 20-2-1 with the win total being a school record. They reached the NCAA II Final Four after winning West Regional and Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular-season championships.

In WWU’s 2-1 overtime loss in the national semifinals Thursday to defending national champion West Florida, Maris headed in a goal to tie the game at 1-1 with just 34 seconds left in regulation.

The 5-foot-9 Maris finished the season with 11 goals, three of them game winners, and assisted on eight others. She tied for eighth among WWU career leaders in goals with 28 and tied for sixth in assists with 19.

Earlier, Maris received NSCAA and Daktronics West Region all-star recognition, both for the second straight season, and was a second-team Capital One Academic All-American. She was named the 2013 GNAC Player of the Year, being the league’s only unanimous choice and a first-team repeater.

Maris also was a three-time GNAC academic all-star.

Last year, Maris received Daktronics All-America honorable mention and was named WWU’s Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year for 2012-13.