Sarah Tarver, a 2011 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, now attending Northern Arizona University, received Big Sky soccer all-conference team honorable mention recognition on Monday.
Tarver became the first Lumberjack to earn All-Conference honors as a true freshman since her senior NAU teammate Jenna Samora received the same honorable mention in 2008. Samora was selected to the All-Big Sky first team this season along with senior Sam Monahan.
Tarver made an immediate impact in her first season in the blue and gold, starting her first 15 career matches and recording two goals while playing in the NAU midfield. Tarver was second on the team in shots on goal percentage, behind senior teammate Katie Tribbey, a second team All-Big Sky selection. NAU sophomore Lauren Weaver was also honorable mention.
Tarver was just one of five players to play in all 19 matches this season.
The Big Sky women’s soccer all-conference teams are voted on by the league’s eight head coaches. Coaches cannot vote for their own players.
The NAU Lumberjacks finished the season with 3-9-7. The seven ties are a conference record. Add 17 overtime periods, the most for a single season for any Big Sky school since 2001, and the potential of the Lumberjacks is obvious. They did not, however, qualify for the Big Sky Conference post-season tournament, losing a must win game against conference leader Montana 1-0 in the 86th minute on Oct. 21. They followed that with a season ending win over Eastern Washington 3-0 on Oct. 23.