WPFC Alumna selected GNAC player of the week
WPFC Alumna Brandi Hamre who tallied a goal in both Seattle Pacific road victories last week, received the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week award for women’s soccer on Monday.
The senior forward scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win at Northwest Nazarene last Thursday that clinched the Falcons third consecutive conference championship and their ninth straight postseason berth. The NCAA Division II Tournament field will be announced on Nov. 7.
On Saturday at Montana State Billings, Hamre opened the scoring in a 2-1 decision that stretched SPU’s winning streak to eight games.
"Brandi is playing phenomenal. She is such a leader right now, coming into games and picking us up so much," said SPU coach Chuck Sekyra. "I love how she is playing. She’s got that senioritis a little bit where she realizes that it’s now or never. She getting it done and it’s fun to watch."
Hamre has scored five goals this season and three of them were game-winners. She ranks 20th in GNAC career history with 62 points, including 21 goals and 20 assists.
WPFC is built upon the combined traditions of F.C. Royals and F.C. United, which share a rich history of, "creating champions on the field and in life". We take great pride in our Washington Premier F.C. Alumni who come from diverse backgrounds and enjoy a wide variety of expertise in soccer. Please visit our Alumni section to read about other student-athletes in the NCAA. This marks the second Player of the Week honor for Hamre, a product of Central Kitsap High School in Bremerton, Wash. She previously earned the weekly GNAC honor on Sept. 12.
(10/31/11) Brandi Hamre, Seattle Pacific (F, 5-7, Sr., Bremerton, WA – Central Kitsap) had a pair of goals including her third game-winner of the season in SPU’s 2-1 win over Northwest Nazarene, clinching the Falcons’ their third straight conference title and their ninth consecutive NCAA Division II post-season appearance. Her goal against MSU Billings came into a wind which was approaching 60 miles per hour. She has five goals and three assists this season and now ranks 20 th in GNAC career history with 62 points, including 21 goals and 20 assists.
(9/12/11) Brandi Hamre, Seattle Pacific (F, 5-7, Sr., Bremerton, WA – Central Kitsap) scored two goals and also had an assist as the Falcons outscored Notre Dame de Namur and Nebraska-Omaha by a combined margin of 11-1. “Brandi was just tremendous in both games,” SPU coach Chuck Sekyra said. “Not only did she have the game winner against NDNU but her goal opened the game up on Nebraska-Omaha. Brandi did so many things that made a difference for us, her organization of our midfield, her ball winning, and leadership overall was just fantastic.”
(October 14, 2010) - Brandi Hamre scored the first goal and assisted on the second Thursday and 14th-ranked Seattle Pacific took over sole possession of first place in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference with a 3-0 women’s soccer win over Northwest Nazarene at Interbay Stadium.
The Falcons (9-1-2) improved to 6-1-1 in conference play with 19 points. They entered the game tied atop the standings with Western Washington, which lost 2-1 at Saint Martin’s.
Defending GNAC champion SPU puts its first-place standing on the line Saturday with a visit to second-place Montana State Billings. The Yellowjackets are just one point back of SPU with a 6-2-0 league ledger.
Thursday’s game was scoreless for over 54 minutes before Hamre (Bremerton, Wash./Central Kitsap HS) finally found the net. Sophomore Kendall Thoreson (Seattle, Wash./King’s HS) served a cross from the right flank to the center of the goalmouth. Hamre collected the ball, spun and sent a low 10-yard shot into the left side of the goal at 54:23.
That was the fifth goal of the season for the junior forward, tying her for the team lead with freshman Kellie Zakrzewski.
Hamre was on the other end of a scoring cross for the second SPU goal. She served the ball from the left wing and Kelsey Jenkins flicked it into the goal with her foot from four yards out at 71:21. That was the third goal of the year for Jenkins (Kent, Wash./Kentwood HS) on Hamre’s team-leading sixth assist.
“In the first half we played really well. We got a lot of opportunities, but just seemed to be a little off,” Hamre said. “In the second half we just talked about breaking the offside trap that they play and getting our mids beyond us. Once we got that it really clicked and we were able to get the ball in and score.”
Sophomore Brittany Langdon (Irvine, Calif.) capped the scoring at 81:39, heading in a corner kick from Thoreson from eight yards away.
“I’m very pleased with the second half, to come out and get three goals in the half,” said SPU coach Chuck Sekyra. “We kept the ball a lot better in the second half and that’s what we talked about at halftime, keeping the ball and opening the game up.”
Senior Maddie Dickinson (Vancouver, Wash./Skyview HS) was credited with two saves en route to her eighth shutout of the season. She increased her school-record total to 27 career shutouts.
Goalkeeper Stacey Beckman kept the Crusaders in the contest early with eight saves, many of them on point-blank shots. Beckman faced a 20-shot SPU barrage while her Crusader teammates managed just four shots.
NNU dropped to 4-8-0 overall and 2-6-0 in GNAC play. The Crusaders were swept for the ninth straight season by SPU, which was a 2-0 victor on Sept. 18 in Nampa, Idaho. The Falcons own a 19-1 advantage in the all-time series.
“We always want to be better than the last game we played a team,” Sekyra said. “Last time we beat them 2-0 and this time we beat them 3-0, so I guess that qualifies.”