BELLINGHAM, Wash. — (school release) Three transfers, all from four-year universities, are expected to make a big impact on the Western Washington University women’s soccer team this fall as the Vikings vie for a fourth straight NCAA Division II national playoff appearance.
The trio includes goalkeeper Ashley Homer from College of Saint Rose (NY), defender Malia Maack from New Mexico Highlands University and midfielder Savannah Moorehouse from Central Washington University.
“We are excited to add three players of this quality,” said WWU coach Travis Connell (13th year, 157-62-24). “They are talented soccer players with great character that have experience playing in important college soccer games. We are very fortunate they chose to attend WWU and look forward to see the impact they make on our soccer program.”
Homer, a junior from Puyallup, started all 25 games at Saint Rose last fall, helping the Golden Knights to a 21-1-3 record, conference and regional titles and the semifinals of the NCAA II national tournament. She played a national-leading 2,354 minutes, allowing just 10 goals, making 61 saves and posting 16 shutouts. Her 0.38 goals against average ranked fifth nationally and she had a .859 save percentage.
Maack, a sophomore from Spokane and a graduate of Mead High School, played in 19 games, making 16 starts, as a freshman in 2014 at New Mexico Highlands. She had one goal and three assists.
Maack helped Mead place fourth at the Class 4A state tournament as a senior, earning second-team Greater Spokane League all-star honors.
Moorehouse, a senior from Bonney Lake, attended WWU last year, but did not compete, after transferring from Central Washington. There she was a second-team National Soccer Coaches Association of America and Daktronics West Region all-star and first-team Great Northwest Athletic Conference all-star for the second straight year as a junior in 2013.
Moorehouse led a Wildcats’ team that finished 11-6-1 overall, placed second in the GNAC at 10-3-1 and made school’s first post-season appearance since 1997, reaching the semifinals at the GNAC Tournament. She started all 18 games, scoring six goals, two of them game winners, and having four assists for 16 points.
WWU is working on a three-year string of national post-season trips with an overall record of 55-7-5. The Vikings reached the second round at nationals last season after going to the NCAA II semifinals in 2013 and the West Regional final in 2012.
28 Ashley Homer, Goalkeeper,
Junior, 5-9, 20, 9/14/94, Puyallup, WA
COLLEGE: Transfer from College of Saint Rose (N.Y.) … Started all 25 games for Golden Knights as sophomore in2014, helping them to 21-1-3 record, conference tournament and regional titles and semifinals of NCAA Division II national tournament … Played national-leading 2,354:11 minutes, allowing just 10 goals, making 61 saves and posting 16 shutouts …Had 0.38 goals against average, which ranked fifth nationally, and .859 save percentage … Saw action in 10 games as freshman in 2013 on squad that got to second round at nationals.
HIGH SCHOOL: Second-team South Puget Sound League North Division all-star as senior and junior at Puyallup High School and honorable mention as sophomore … Helped Vikings to three Class 4A state tournament appearances, reaching quarterfinals as senior … Started and lettered two years … Played sophomore year at Mount Rainier High School.
PERSONAL: Major is sociology … Competed in club soccer for Washington Premier.
21 Malia Maack (pronounced mah-LEE-ah), Defender,
Sophomore, 5-7, 19, 6/9/96, Spokane, WA
COLLEGE: Transferred spring quarter from New Mexico Highlands University … Played in 19 games, making 16 starts, for Cowgirls as freshman in 2014 … Had one goal and three assists.
HIGH SCHOOL: Second-team Greater Spokane League all-star as senior at Mead High School, helping Panthers place fourth at Class 4A state tournament … Also played on teams that reached state as sophomore and junior … Started and lettered four years … Also lettered four years in track, earning first-team all-league recognition three times … Placed seventh at state in 4×200 relay as senior, third in 4×100 as sophomore and seventh in 4×100 as freshman.
PERSONAL: Plans to major in biology … Her brother, Evan, competes in track at Spokane Falls CC.
17 Savanna Moorehouse, Midfielder,
Senior, 5-10, 21, 7/8/93, Bonney Lake, WA
COLLEGE: Attended WWU last year, but did not compete, after transferring from Central Washington University … Second-team National Soccer Coaches Association of America and Daktronics West Region all-star and first-team Great Northwest Athletic Conference all-star as junior in 2013 … Led Wildcats team that finished 11-6-1 overall, placed second in the GNAC at 10-3-1 and made school’s first post-season appearance since 1997, reaching semifinals at GNAC Tournament … Started all 18 games, scoring six goals, two of them game winners, and having four assists for 16 points …First-team NSCAA College Division West Region Scholar-Athlete and GNAC Academic all-star … GNAC Player of the Week … Team MVP … Started all 18 games as sophomore in 2012, having one goal – a game winner – and three assists for five points … First-team GNAC all-star … Played in all 18 games as freshman in 2011, making five starts.
HIGH SCHOOL: First-team Class 3A all-state, Offensive MVP of South Puget Sound League and first-team all-league for third time as senior at Bonney Lake High School … Helped Panthers win league crown and place second at state as senior … Had 42 goals and 11 assists in final two seasons at BLHS … Second-team all-league selection as senior in basketball … Set single-season school records for rebounds and rebounds per game.
PERSONAL: Major is kinesiology … Her mother, Jolene, played soccer at Washington State University.