SPU wins GNAC Title over Western Washington in a penalty shootout

SPU wins GNAC Title over Western Washington in a penalty shootout

gnac-logoTUKWILA, WA – (GNACsports.com) For the second year in a row, it took a shootout to decide the winner of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer tournament.

Same result, but perhaps a little more drama this time.

Third-seed Seattle Pacific claimed the title for the second year in a row winning the shootout 5-4 after the Falcons and regular-season champion Western Washington battled to a 1-1 standoff.

Last year the teams also tied 1-1 and SPU took the shootout 4-1.

The shootout win earns Seattle Pacific an automatic berth in next week’s NCAA West Regionals for the 12th year in a row. Western Washington as the season-long No. 1 ranked team in the region will likely be one of the six participating teams.

FalconBug208-9_HiRes---400The regional begins Thursday. The qualifying teams and sites will be announced by the NCAA with a web cast (ncaa.com) Monday at 4 p.m. Pacific time.

The game was tied at halftime as Ali Martin gave the Falcons the early lead with a goal in the 12th minute before WWU’s Elise Aylward got the equalizer on a penalty kick four minutes before the end of the opening half.

That is the way it stood for the 45 minute second half and 20 minutes of overtime.

In the shootout, both teams made their first four attempts.

WWU_Vikings(190)Kim Cooper, Catherine Miles, Emily Webster and Brianna Jones converted for WWU before Stephanie Hamilton misfired on the Vikings’ fifth attempt.

SPU was perfect in the shootout as Ali Martin, Arden Matro, Brooke Pingrey and Heather Young found the back of the net answering each Viking goal.

After Hamilton missed, Shayla Page had the opportunity to end it and that is exactly what she did leading to a huge celebration on the SPU side.

Officially the game will go into the record book as a tie. SPU will take a 12-4-3 record into the regional, while the Vikings remained unbeaten in 20 contest (16-0-4).

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