BELLINGHAM — Former Sequim soccer goalkeeper and Western Washington University senior Claire Henninger has been selected as the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week for games played Sept. 18-24.
Henninger was the goalkeeper for the Vikings team last year that won the NCAA Div. II national championship. She was the all-Peninsula girls soccer MVP in 2016 and made the first team of the All-Olympic League.
Henninger combined to make 11 saves during the undefeated week with the Vikings going 1-0-2.
The senior goalkeeper made a career-high six saves in the Vikings’ 1-1 tie at rival Seattle Pacific on Saturday, also playing a part in a missed SPU penalty kick in the final minutes.
In five games this season, Henninger has one shutout to bring her career total to 14.
This marks the second GNAC Defensive Player of the Week award for Henninger, also earning the honor Oct. 17-23 during the national championship season.
WWU will celebrate its 2022 national championship prior to its Oct. 7 game vs. Northwest Nazarene.
PORT ANGELES — Salazar Painting, Forks FC and High Energy Metals remained unbeaten and Windermere is not far behind following the fourth week of Peninsula Soccer League play.
Salazar pushed its record to 4-0, taking advantage of Ediz Hook by a score of 22-0. Jose Vladimir recorded the rare double hat trick with six goals, Diego Sanchez had four and Edgar Aceves and Samuel Aceves each had three to lead the winners.
Forks FC, meanwhile, also improved to 4-0 with a 2-0 nod over Pura Vida, getting goals from Jonathan Luna and Julio Moroto.
High Energy Metals rode a pair of goals from Dustin Walsh to edge Bandidos FC 2-1, improving to 3-0-1 on the season. C.J. Daniels had the lone goal for Bandidos FC.
Windermere Real Estate stayed in the hunt at 3-1-0, cutting through the Strait Slice Pizza defense for five goals in a 5-2 win. Ben Schneider scored twice and Andrew Methner, Josiah Long and Olivia Hare added goals for Windermere. Aaron Lee and Taryn Asum both scored for Strait Slice.