New Mexico women’s soccer player Jadyn Edwards (rear), a Jackson High School graduate, hugs a teammate during a game earlier this season. (University of New Mexico photo)

New Mexico women’s soccer player Jadyn Edwards (rear), a Jackson High School graduate, hugs a teammate during a game earlier this season. (University of New Mexico photo)

Community roundup: Edwards lifts UNM into NCAA tourney again

Jadyn Edwards scores the golden goal in OT for the second straight year to lead the Lobos to the MWC title.

Jadyn Edwards did it again.

For the second straight season the Jackson High School graduate, now a senior forward on the University of New Mexico women’s soccer team, scored the golden goal in overtime in the Mountain West Conference championship game to give the Lobos the title and send New Mexico to the NCAA Tournament.

Edwards, who was named the Mountain West Conference’s Offensive Player of the Year earlier in the week, struck just 35 seconds into sudden-death overtime, giving the top-seeded Lobos a 2-1 victory over sixth-seeded Boise State on Saturday in Boise, Idaho, to claim the championship.

Edwards’ winner came seven months after she pulled off the same feat last season, firing the Lobos past San Diego State in overtime to claim the conference title.

Edwards and the Lobos travel to face BYU in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at 4 p.m. (Pacific Time) Saturday in Provo, Utah.

Snohomish grad Fairhurst earns GNAC nod

Snohomish High School graduate Jason Fairhurst, now a senior forward on the Saint Martin’s University men’s soccer team, was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for Nov. 1-7. Fairhurst scored both goals as the Saints defeated Northwest Nazarene 2-1 Saturday.

Fairhurst has scored a team-leading seven goals, and his 17 points are 12 more than any other member of the team, which is 3-12.

Stewart named NWAC men’s soccer region MVP

Meadowdale High School graduate River Stewart, now a freshman forward on the Everett Community College men’s soccer team, was named the Northwest Athletic Conference’s North Region MVP. Stewart scored 16 goals and added five assists in 18 games as the Trojans finished in third place in the region (7-5-1 region, 10-6-2 overall).

Two other Everett players were named North Region All-Stars in addition to Stewart, those being sophomore midfielder Dani Amador from Marysville Pilchuck High School and and freshman defender Jackson Cole from Mariner High School. Everett reached the quarterfinals of the NWAC tournament before falling to West Region No. 1 Tacoma 1-1 in penalty kicks Saturday.

Edmonds had one player named a North Region All-Star, that being sophomore defender Caleb Cho.

Johnson, Edmonds excel in NWAC volleyball

Everett High School graduate Brooklyn Johnson’s monopoly on the NWAC volleyball Setter of the Week honor continued, as the sophomore at Skagit Valley College received the honor for the third straight week based on her efforts from Oct. 25-31. She had 54 assists as the Cardinals posted straight-set victories over Bellevue and Everett.

Meanwhile, the Edmonds volleyball team vaulted up to No. 4 in the NWAC coaches poll. The Tritons finished the regular season tied for second in the North Region at 9-3 (21-8 overall). Edmonds will be a No. 3 seed when the NWAC tournament begins Saturday.

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