WAC Women’s Tournament comes to Seattle this week

WAC Women’s Tournament comes to Seattle this week

539px-Western_Athletic_Conference_Logo.svgCourtesy Seattle University

seattleuSEATTLE, WA— Seattle University to Host 2014 WAC Women’s Soccer Tournament: After winning their second straight WAC regular season title, 2014 co-champs with Kansas City, Seattle U women’s soccer (12-4-2, 8-1-1 WAC) is set to welcome the top six eligible teams to Championship Field this weekend. The Redhawks will now look to defend their 2013 WAC tournament title and advance to their second straight NCAA Tournament.As the No. 1 seed in the tournament, they receive a first round bye and their first game will be Friday, Nov. 7 at 4:30 p.m. vs. the winner of No. 4 Bakersfield/No. 5 New Mexico State. Links to live video and WAC Digital Network broadcasts are on the women’s soccer schedule page at GoSeattleU.com.

WAC Tournament All-Session Tickets Now on Sale: All session tickets are now on sale for the Western Athletic Conference men’s and women’s soccer tournaments hosted by Seattle U. The women’s tournament will take place on Nov. 6-7, 9 while the men’s tournament will take place the following weekend on Nov. 14-15, 16. Pricing and links for all-session tickets can be found on http://www.goseattleu.com/sutickets. Single game tickets can be purchased at the ticket gate as well as by calling the Redhawk ticket office at (206) 398-GOSU(4678).

umkcScouting No. 2 Kansas City: UMKC earned a share of the WAC regular season title, as well as a first round bye, with a 8-1-1 league record in 2014 after setting a single-game school record for goals scored this season. Midfielder Alyssa Elver picked up the final WAC Offensive Player of the Week nod of the season this past week for tallying four goals and an assist in a pair of wins over Chicago State. Through the regular season, the ‘Roos led the WAC in shots and tied with Seattle U for the top spot in goals and assists. Individually, keeper Nina Tzianos led the league in GAA (0.65) and save pct. (.882) going into the conference tournament, recording seven shutouts. In SU and UMKC’s regular season meeting on Oct. 24, the team’s tied, 1-1, in a 2OT draw. Last season, the Redhawks shut out the ‘Roos, 3-0, in the WAC tournament title game.

UVU_smallScouting No. 3 Utah Valley: The Wolverines face No. 6 UTPA in the quarterfinals of the WAC Tournament on Thursday, with the winner advancing to face UMKC on Friday. UVU handed Kansas City their only WAC loss of the season on Oct. 26, shutting out the ‘Roos 2-0 in Orem, Utah. Most recently, SU and UVU closed the regular season on Nov. 1 in Utah, a game the Redhawks won, 2-0, to clinch a share of the WAC regular season title and a first round bye. Kali Stubbs and Kim Stratford led the team offensively through the regular season with five goals apiece while, in goal, Jessica Duffin led the league with nine regular season shutouts and finished in the top two in the WAC in GAA and save pct. The Redhawks swept the Wolverines during the regular season. Advancing to their second straight WAC tournament, UVU fell to UMKC in the 2013 WAC Tournament semifinals, 2-0.

CSUBBirdHeadScouting No. 4 Bakersfield: Bakersfield will face No. 5 New Mexico State in the first round of the WAC tournament, a team they beat, 4-2, on Oct. 26 in their only regular season meeting. After the NMSU contest, the Roadrunners dropped a pair of contests to Grand Canyon to close the regular season. Hedda Regefalk scored 11 goals for the ‘Runners in 2014, including a pair of hat tricks, one of which came against Seattle U in the team’s 6-3 loss on Oct. 5 in Bakersfield. In goal, Tori Ornela started 19 of 20 games, making 103 saves, allowing 48 goals, and recording a .682 save pct. The Redhawks swept the ‘Runners during the regular season, also winning 5-1 on Oct. 12 in Seattle.

newmexicostate_t640Scouting No. 5 New Mexico State: Snapping a four-game losing streak, the Aggies closed the regular season on a high note with a 3-1 win over UTPA on Senior Day (Oct. 31). Jennae Cambra led NMSU with 13 goals and six assists for 32 points, ranking second in goals and points in the WAC during the regular season, just behind Seattle U’s Stephanie Verdoia. Taylor Rice and Tayler Hammack shared time in goal, giving up a combined 64 goals coming into this weekend. In their lone regular season meeting in 2014, Seattle U earned a 6-1 win in Las Cruces on Oct. 17.

texas-panScouting No. 6 Texas-Pan American: The Broncs earned a spot in the conference tournament by virtue of Grand Canyon (finished tied for third in the conference standings) not being eligible for postseason play due to being in the second year of a four-year NCAA DI reclassification process. UTPA will face No. 3 Utah Valley in the quarterfinals of the WAC tournament on Thursday. The first year team is led by Andreya Barrera, recording eight goals and four assists while, in goal, Aubrie Coley made 15 starts, amassing 90 saves and a 1.88 GAA. During the regular season, in their first ever meeting, SU shut out UTPA, 4-0, on Oct. 19 in Edinburg.

Record-Breaking: On Oct. 26 (Senior Day) vs. Chicago State, Senior Stephanie Verdoia broke both the Seattle U all-time career records for points and goals. With her goal in the 7th minute, she set the new record for points and with her goal in the 34th minute, she set the new record for goals. Verdoia surpassed Trisha Tateyama (1996-1999) for the points record, who recorded 116 during her SU career and Nichole Sauvageau (1999-02), who recorded 45 goals during her Redhawk career.

Verdoia Nearing Single Season Goals Record: As of Nov. 4, Stephanie Verdoia has 19 goals on the season and the all-time Seattle U single reason record is 20, recorded both by Ingrid Gunnestad in 1990 and Trisha Tateyama in 1999.

Verdoia, Wallis Named Academic All-District: Seattle U women’s soccer earned two Capital One Academic All-District honors for 2014 as Stephanie Verdoia received her third straight honor, second straight First Team honor and Jacqui Wallis was named to the Second Team (named to First Team last season). As a First Team honoree, Verdoia advances to consideration for Capital One Academic All-America, which will be announced later this year.

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