After helping Linfield to its best record in three seasons, a total of five Wildcats, including three second team selections, have been voted by the league's head coaches to the 2013 All-Northwest Conference Men's Soccer Team, as announced Wednesday.
Veterans Harper Taylor, Tyler Repic and Jake Baker were accorded second team honors, while freshmen Kainalu Kealoha and Brian DeGrandmont (Sr., Portland, Ore.) received honorable mention consideration.
Taylor started every match on the back line, anchoring a Linfield defense that surrendered 30 goals on the year, the fewest since the 2010 season. The senior captain also scored his third career goal, tallied in a home match against Whitman, en route to a second consecutive honorable mention citation.
Repic scored just once this season, but contributed three assists as one of the major playmakers on the Linfield attack. A three-year starter, Repic makes his first career appearance on the second team after receiving honorable mention nods as a sophomore in 2012 and as a freshman in 2010. His career totals include six goals and eight assists.
Baker missed three games due to injury, but still finished as Linfield's fourth highest scorer and was tied for second in points (13) with four goals and five assists. An honorable mention consideration in 2012, the second-year Wildcat forward led the team in assists and was a perfect 3-for-3 on penalty kick conversions.
Kealoha and DeGrandmont earned spots in the starting lineup as freshmen, contributing on the defensive and offensive ends of the field, respectively. While Kealoha helped the Wildcats register a 1.72 goals against average, DeGrandmont totaled a team-high eight goals to go along with a pair of assists.
As a team, Linfield posted its second consecutive sixth-place finish in the Northwest Conference, surpassing its overall win total (8-9-1) and tying its conference victory total (5-8-) from last season. The Wildcats scored 30 goals, one more than last season, and enjoyed a five-match conference win streak, a first since the 2004 season. Linfield also swept two opponents, George Fox and Pacific, in the second season under head coach Chuck Bechtol.