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Giesbers is an all-Cascade Collegiate Conference second-team Warner Pacific forward

Warner Pacific freshman and St. Helens graduate leads Knights with 11 goals and two assists

PHOTO COURTESY OF WARNER PACIFIC COLLEGE - Ashley Giesbers (6) scored 11 of Warner Pacific's 22 goals and came up with two assists this season.Ashley Giesbers is an all-Cascade Collegiate Conference star.

The 5-foot-3 Warner Pacific College (Portland) freshman forward from St. Helens received all-conference second-team recognition, as voted upon by conference coaches, the NAIA Division II CCC announced in a press release on Friday, Nov. 4.

"I made lots of memories and lifetime friends and teammates," said Giesbers, a biology major who scored 11 of the Knights' 22 goals, including three game-winners, and served two assists as she started all 15 games. "I also have grown as a player, learning to hold my ground and be stronger on the ball."

Giesbers was also a four-year all-Northwest Oregon Conference pick for the Lions.

"No surprise there for me," said St. coach Simon Date, who coached Giesbers throughout. "She's probably one of the most singularly driven athletes I've ever coached."

Giesbers' Warner Pacific teammate, Kaylee Garvey, of Vancouver, Wash., is a 5-foot-1 honorable mention senior midfielder as she came away with two goals and an assist.

"For me, taking shots and scoring goals is the best part of the game," Giesbers said. "Me and Kaylee really connected this season — it was awesome. She was assisting my goals or I would be assisting her goals. She is a great soccer player."

Warner Pacific finished 4-10-1 overall and 2-8-1 in the conference as it beat Sierra Nevada College, Northwestern College (Orange City, Iowa), Great Falls College (Montana) and Oregon Institute of Technology (Klamath Falls).

The Knights have not won more than eight games in their 15-year history.

Southern Oregon senior forward Megan McArthur is the Offensive Player of the Year, Carroll College senior goalkeeper Jamie Carter is the Defensive Player of the Year and Corban junior forward Holly Martinez Moorman is the Newcomer of the Year.

Southern Oregon's third-year manager Jenni Rosenberg is the Coach of the Year as she led her Raiders to their best regular-season record in their 17-year history.