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LOS ANGELES – For the second time in as many seasons, Breeann Yamada was named to the All-SCIAC first-team as announced by the conference earlier today. Shelly Johiro landed on the second-team; her first all-conference recognition of her career.
Yamada led a backline defense that improved from a 3.39 goals against average in 2009 to a 1.44 average this season. In addition to her defensive play, Yamada scored two goals and added one assist.
"Our defense and our team ran through Yamada," said head coach Nicole Gervais. "She was an integral part in our defensive turnaround and showed she is one of the top defenders in the conference."
The Waipahu, Hawaii, native was one of two players to play in and start all 18 games for the purple and gold.
Johiro tied for second on the team (with Yamada) with a total of five points on the year. She scored two goals and had one assists in 14 games played.
Originally from Pearl City, Hawaii, Johiro had a team-high two game-winning goals.
"Shelly was key to the success of our central midfield," said Gervais. "She was solid for us, all year, on the offensive and defensive end of the field."
As a team, the Poets improved to 6-10-2 with a 2-9-1 mark in SCIAC play. Whittier finished fifth in the conference and accounted for its most wins under Gervais.