OGDEN, Utah - University of Montana seniors Sara Campbell and Sara Aspinwall were named first team all-Big Sky Conference women's soccer selections, the league office announced Tuesday.
Both were second team all-Big Sky picks last year as juniors.
Campbell, a midfielder/forward from Billings Skyview, started all 18 of Montana's matches. She ranked third on the team with six points, scoring two goals and adding two assists. She was second with 29 shots taken.
Campbell had perhaps the season's most important goal this season when she scored in the 87th minute in the Grizzlies' 1-0 victory at Sacramento State Oct. 19. That head-to-head victory over the Hornets was the deciding tiebreaker that sent Montana to this week's Big Sky Conference tournament instead of Sacramento State, which tied with the Grizzlies for fourth place.
Aspinwall, a defender from Great Falls High, played and started in 17 of Montana's 18 matches this fall. In addition to anchoring the Grizzly defense, she also finished fourth on the team with 16 shots and scored her second career goal in Montana's 2-0 victory over Idaho State Oct. 12.
"It's great recognition for both of them, and well deserved," Montana coach Neil Sedgwick said. "I think all the conference coaches recognized the role that Sara and Sara played in our success during their senior year."
Montana senior midfielder Meghan Chambers and sophomore forward Kaitlyn Heinsohn earned second team honors, while junior goalkeeper Grace Harris, junior defenders Abby Grafft and Danielle McQuinn, junior midfielder Sarah Stevens, freshman midfielder Anna Pingree and freshman forward Ciara Kremer were all named honorable mention.
Montana is the No. 4 seed at this week's Big Sky Conference tournament, which is being held Thursday and Saturday in Ogden. The Grizzlies will face the top seed, Weber State, at 2 p.m. in the second semifinal. No. 2 Portland State and No. 3 Northern Arizona will square off at 11 a.m.
The championship match is Saturday at 1 p.m. The winner of that match will receive the Big Sky Conference's automatic bid to the 2008 NCAA College Cup.