WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Corina Gabbert and Courtney Porter, the yin and yang of Whitman College women's futbol, have been named Northwest Conference Student Athletes of the Week for women's soccer.

    Corina Gabbert
    Courtney Porter

Porter, an imposing 6-foot senior goalkeeper, won this week's NWC award for defensive players. She faced 21 shots and made eight saves in posting shutouts against Pacific and George Fox. 

Gabbert, a multidimensional midfielder-forward, netted the award for players on offense after contributing to all of Whitman's weekend scoring. The 5-foot-8 senior captain booted three goals and handed out two assists.

It was Gabbert's second consecutive NWC award and third in four weeks.

After bouncing back from an early season injury, Gabbert has two hat tricks in the last month while bunching 13 goals and three assists into her last eight games.

Gabbert has inflicted most of her damage during the NWC schedule. She has 13 goals and four assists in 11 conference games, which is leads the NWC in head-to-head scoring. On the season, she has 14 goals and six assists in 14 games, which ranks her second in scoring in the overall statistics.

                             Courtney Porter

Gabbert's recent scoring explosion has come as opposing defenses have struggled to contain a three-pronged Whitman attack that also features sophomore Amy Hasson and second-year junior Kristin Innes.

Hasson has a team-leading seven assists (plus one goal) while Innes has four goals and three assists.

Porter has blanked her last three NWC opponents and has shutouts in four of her last five games. In NWC games only, she has five shutouts, which ties her for the conference lead.

Porter has six shutouts on the season, which ties her for second among  NWC goalkeepers.

Porter also leads the conference in saves, averaging 5.77 per game against NWC foes and 5.81 against all opponents. 

After losing its most experienced player, junior Kate Newman, early in the conference season, Whitman's young defensive backline has regained its form in recent weeks in front of Porter. Senior DeeDee McCormick has anchored the line, which includes sophomores Libby Watkins, Kate Potter and Claire Westcott.

Watkins has also made key contributions on offense while taking most of the team's corner kicks. Gabbert has headed home four Watkins corner kicks over the past month. The two also made scoring connections on a Watkins free kick from the far sideline that was played just like a corner kick.

                                   Corina Gabbert

With three games left in their senior seasons, Porter and Gabbert are adding to impressive career totals.

Porter, who earned All-NWC First Team honors last year, posted eight shutouts in each of her past two seasons.

Counting two shutouts in her first Whitman season, when she shared keeper duties with another player, she has a total of 24 career shutouts.

Gabbert, a two-time All-NWC First Team selection, has collected 40 goals and 12 assists as a four-year starter. Those are highest Whitman scoring totals since 2008 graduate Kristen Berndt finished her Missionary career with 44 goals and 14 assists.

The Whitman women's team plays games this weekend at Linfield (McMinnville, Ore.) and Willamette (Salem, Ore.). The Missionaries then host their season finale on Friday, Nov. 6 (11 a.m.) against Lewis & Clark.

Winners of four of their last five games and five of their last seven, the Missionaries are 6-7 in the NWC and just one victory behind third-place Willamette. Whitman is 7-8-1 on the season.

Contributed action photos by Bob Watkins

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; holden@whitman.edu