Redhawks Travel to Logan, Utah for First WAC Tournament: After finishing the regular season with a 8-8-2 overall and 3-2-2 WAC record, Seattle University women’s soccer clinched a spot in their first Western Athletic Conference tournament with a 2-1 win over NMSU on Oct. 26. The No. 5 seed in the tournament, Seattle U will face No. 4 seed Louisiana Tech on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 1:30 p.m. PT. The winner of the match will face the host team, No. 1 seed Utah State at 1:30 p.m. PT on Friday, Nov. 2. The Championship game will be at 12 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4.
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Scouting No. 4 Louisiana Tech (12-4-4, 3-3-2): Picked to finish last in the WAC Preseason Coaches Poll, the Lady Techsters finished with 10+ wins and are the No. 4 seed in the WAC Tournament. Emily Brennan leads the team with seven goals, Laura LeFevour leads with five assists, and Brittany Beddow leads with 16 points and 47 shots. In goal, Corina Brown has started 11 games, recorded 44 saves, and has a 6-4-2 record, and Caitlin Updyke, with eight starts, has recorded 27 saves and a 6-0-2 record through the regular season. On Oct. 19, the Redhawks traveled to Ruston, La. for the teams’ first ever meeting, and it ended in a 0-0 draw in 2OT.
Scouting No. 1 Utah State (11-2-6, 6-0-2): Chosen to finish second in the Preseason Poll, the tournament host shares the regular season title with Denver and enters the tournament with the No. 1 seed. Jennifer Flynn and Jade Tarver each recorded a team-leading six goals and 14 points over the regular season, Mari Miyashiro leads with five assists, and Flynn leads with 58 shots. In goal, Ashlyn Mulford has made 17 appearances, recording 68 saves and a 9-1-3 record, and Jeannie Woller has recorded 15 saves and a 2-1-1 record in six appearances. The Aggies traveled to Seattle on Oct. 12 and came away with the 2-1 win in OT.
Scouting No. 2 Denver (14-1-4, 6-0-2 WAC): Preseason conference favorite, Denver, shares the regular season title with Utah State in their first season in the conference. Led by Kristen Hamilton with 13 goals, 31 points, and 61 shots, and co-led by Kaitlin Bast and Nicholette DiGiacomo with seven assists apiece, the Pioneers were ranked in the top 25 several times throughout the season. In goal, Lara Campbell recorded 55 saves, starting every game, and Maria Khan made four saves in as many appearances. Denver came away with the 2-0 win on Oct. 28 on Seattle U’s Senior Day.
Scouting No. 3 Texas State (7-11-1, 4-4-0): Picked to finish tied for sixth in the preseason poll, the Bobcats made it into the tournament with a 1-0 win over UTSA in 2OT in the final game of the season. Tori Hale led Texas State with five goals, six assists, 16 points, and 32 shots over the regular season. In goal, Natalie Gardini started 15 games and made 17 total appearances, making 66 saves and recording three shutouts, and Caitlyn Rinehart made 10 saves and recorded one shutout in two starts and five total appearances. The Redhawks came away with the 2-0 win in San Marcos on on Sept. 30, which marked the team’s first ever WAC victory.
Scouting No. 6 Idaho (6-13-1, 3-4-1): Idaho, picked to finish fifth in the Preseason Poll, clinched a place in the postseason tournament with a win over New Mexico State on Oct. 28. The Vandals were led by Chelsea Small, with eight goals, 17 points, and 87 shots, and Katie Baran with eight assists. In goal, Liz Boyden made 90 saves, starting all 20 games, and Caroline Towles made one save in three appearances. The Redhawks defeated Idaho, 5-1, in Seattle on Oct. 7, as Stephanie Verdoia recorded the team’s third hat trick of the season.