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Christine Leathem (L) and Amber Pimley (R)
WAC All-Tournament
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 11/06/2011
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FRESNO, Calif. – After the conclusion of the Western Athletic Conference Soccer Tournament Sunday, two University of Idaho players, Amber Pimley and Christine Leathem, were recognized on the WAC All-Tournament Team.

“It’s great when you get recognized in that quality of a tournament, and it’s nice that it’s players who don’t always get recognized, purely because of their positions,” Idaho head coach Pete Showler said of the honors.

Pimley is a central midfielder from Camarillo, Calif. (Adolfo Camarillo HS). While primarily a defensive-minded mid, the junior erupted for a pair of scores to lead Idaho’s come-from-behind 2-1 victory over San Jose State in the quarterfinal round. Pimley earned her first career game-winner and first career multi-goal game in the process.

Leathem is a junior center back from Surrey, B.C., Canada (Sullivan Heights Secondary). She led the Idaho back line through a pair of gritty matches and stood out in the middle of the defense. Leathem and the Vandal defense held strong against a hard-charging SJSU offense in the final 60 minutes to preserve the team’s first WAC Tournament win, then stifled a potent Utah State offense for a majority of play in the semifinal.

“Amber coming through with two goals was just phenomenal, and Christine has just been so consistent, and she’s played from the back, stepped in and started the offense many a time,” Showler said. “It’s justly rewarded. I’m glad that it’s seen at this level and this stage, and it’s nothing they didn’t fully deserve.”

Pimley and Leathem helped the team to an 8-11-3 overall record and 3-3-1 WAC tally, which gave the team its second-consecutive WAC Tournament bid. Thursday’s quarterfinal win was the first conference tournament win in program history. The duo also becomes the first WAC All-Tournament honorees in program history.

Utah State, which claimed the tournament title with a 1-0 win over second-seeded Fresno State on Sunday, put four players on the All-Tournament Team, including MVP Molli Merrill. The Bulldogs added three honorees, while Idaho and New Mexico State had two selections apiece.

2011 WAC All-Tournament Team
Amber Pimley Idaho, Jr., MF
Christine Leathem, Idaho, Jr., D
Daisy Hernandez, New Mexico State, So., MF
Yolanda McMillion, New Mexico State, Jr., F
Molly Nizzoli, Fresno State, Sr., MF
Kendall Van Dine, Fresno State, Sr., D
Laura Dodd, Fresno State, Sr., MF
Kendra Pemberton, Utah State, So., MF
Natalie Norris, Utah State, Sr., D
Jade Tarver, Utah State, Fr., F

Tournament MVP: Molli Merrill, Utah State, Sr., GK

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