SEATTLE, WA–– (GoSeattleU.com) Seattle University women’s soccer (14-4-2) scored early in the match and tacked on four more in the second half for a 5-0 win over Kansas City (13-5-3) in the Western Athletic Conference tournament championship game. The Redhawks top the ‘Roos for the title for the second straight year after Seattle U won their first WAC championship in 2013.
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“I’m at a little bit of a loss for words and I’m just experiencing so much pride for my team right now,” said head coach Julie Woodward. “They’ve been in the zone, especially for the last couple weeks and this was their goal all year. I was really proud of them, of their fight, of their determination. Their will to win has been unbelievable and they’ve just been playing some really great soccer.”
Julia Moravec (Spokane, Wash.) scored what would be the game-winner in the 11th minute on a picture perfect cross from Taylor Ritzman (Holladay, Utah) from right to left after Stephanie Verdoia (Salt Lake City, Utah) played the ball from downfield.
The Redhawks would hold on to the 1-0 lead through the first half, outshooting the ‘Roos, 13-4, in the opening period.
Moravec and Natasha Howe (Mission Viejo, Calif.) would drive in back-to-back goals exactly a minute apart starting in the 52nd minute, the first on an assist by Verdoia. Howe’s unassisted goal in the 53rd minute was bent into the net from near the left post.
Verdoia would set the new Seattle U single season goals record in the 59th minute with her 21st goal of 2014, on a long ball and cross from Kiana Kraft (Kent, Wash.) and Howe.
Kelly Beck (Tacoma, Wash.) drove the final dagger in the 63rd minute as Verdoia was pulled down in the box, resulting in a made penalty kick.
Early in the match, Brianna Smallidge (Port Orchard, Wash.) made a goal-saving save, setting the defensive tone for the Redhawks in the ninth minute. Aris Coover (Bellevue, Wash.) made two saves in goal, playing the final 11:32.
For Kansas City, Nina Tzianos made four saves, giving up all five goals, while Megan Goetzinger entered for the final 18:35.
Seattle U led Kansas City in shots, 24-9, led by Verdoia with seven and Moravec with four.
Kraft, Moravec, and Isabella Guerry (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) were named to the All-Tournament Team alongside Verdoia, who was named Tournament MVP.
The Redhawks will learn their NCAA Tournament fate on Monday, Nov. 10 at 1:30 p.m. PT.
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