WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Kristen Berndt, a sophomore forward, is one of four Whitman College players to earn All-Northwest Conference women's soccer honors.
Berndt, who led Whitman in scoring with nine goals and six assists, was named to the All-NWC First Team. Two juniors, defender Erin Frame and forward Sammie Arthur, earned spots on the All-NWC Second Team, and senior defender Hillary Chisholm received Honorable Mention recognition.
Berndt, who also led Whitman scoring a year ago, got off to a slow start this fall as she continued to recover from off-season surgery to both shins. "She couldn't walk for a week after the surgery, and then she was on crutches for a month," Whitman coach Scott Shields said. "It took her awhile to get going this fall, but you could see her get stronger as the season continued."
Berndt, who led the NWC in shots per game, closed out the season with a goal and assist in Whitman's last game of the season, a 3-2 victory. "Berndt never quits," Shields said. "She's a pure forward with a nose for the goal. Every time she gets the ball you get a feeling that a goal might come."
Arthur, who earned first-team honors two seasons ago, bounced back from an ankle injury this fall to finish with eight goals and one assist. "Sammie's honor is very well deserved," Shields said. "She had to sit most of the first round of our conference games due to the injury. You could see her stats rise in the second half as she got more healthy."
"Sammie also was one of our team captains and a true leader for her teammates," Shields added
Frame started all 19 games for the Missionaries and helped anchor a defense that produced six shutouts, including three games that ended in 0-0 overtime ties.
"Erin is a totally solid player and another of our team captains," Shields said. "I could always count on her to be ready for practices and games. I don't feel she had less than a solid game all season. Of all our starters, she played the most minutes."
Chisholm, in addition to her work on defense this fall, contributed a game-winning goal and assisted on a second game-winning shot. "I was very pleased to see Hillary get this honor. She worked very hard this season and played fantastic each and every game. She also played through a bit of pain with nagging injuries, but they never slowed her down. She is one of our best players at reading the overall game, and she uses that ability to defend at a very high level.
Chisholm, who plans to attend medical school after Whitman, earned Academic All-District honors in each of the past two seasons.
A graduate of Lake City High School in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Chisholm is the daughter of Donald and Robin Chisholm of Coeur d'Alene.
Frame, a graduate of Issaquah (Wash.) High School, is the daughter of Peter and Kathleen Frame of Issaquah.
Arthur, a graduate of Branson School in Ross, Calif., is the daughter of Michael and Molly Arthur of Tiburon, Calif.
Berndt, the daughter of Timothy and Susan Berndt of Manson, Wash., is a graduate of Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie, Wash.