8 - Whitney Brannan
Whitney Brannan
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Kennewick, Wash.
High School: Kamiakin HS '08
Position: F
Experience: 2L

2009: Was a mainstay in Eastern’s starting lineup during the 2009 campaign. Selected as a member of the All-Big Sky Honorable Mention squad, and named to BSC All-Academic team for the second year in a row. Second-leading scorer on the team with five total goals, two of which came against Eastern Oregon (Sept. 9). Those two goals marked a season and career high for the sophomore. Had a goal and an assist in the opening contest of the season vs. McNeese State (Aug. 29). Notched the game-winning goal against Sacramento State (Oct. 18) with a shot from 15 yards out to the upper corner, giving the Eagles the No. 1 ranking in the Big Sky at the time. Led the team in total shots (48), while finishing second in points with 13. Ranked in the top 10 in the conference in six different categories.

2008: Had a major impact as a freshman, appearing in all 18 games for the Eagles. Scored one of the most exciting goals in EWU history when she toe-poked a loose ball in the box past the goalkeeper and into the net to push the Eagles past Montana in an overtime thriller, 3-2, in the final game of the 2008 season. She had entered the contest just 16 seconds earlier, and the score was the first of her career. In a 1-0 win over Idaho earlier in the season, Brannan had a beautiful assist, as her high pass caught Lauryn Koelzer one-on-one with the goalkeeper before she dribbled around her opponent and slotted the ball home. Brannan also performed well in the classroom and earned Big Sky All-Academic team honors for her cumulative efforts.

High School: She led the Columbia Basin League in goals (15) and assists (8) as a senior. She was honored on the league’s first team and was Kamiakin’s Most Valuable Player that year. Her junior year, she was named second team All-CBL. Brannan also played with the 3 Rivers SC.

Personal: Daughter of Patrick and Darla Brannan. Majoring in athletic training. Sister, Brianna, is a freshman on the Eagles soccer team.

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