Redhawks Finish Season in WAC Tournament Semifinals: The Seattle University women’s soccer team (9-9-2, 3-3-2), clinching a spot in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament in their first year in the conference, topped Louisiana Tech, 2-1, in the first round before falling to eventual tournament winner, Utah State, in the semifinals, 2-1. Stephanie Verdoia and Melissa Busque were named to the WAC All-Tournament Team. The Redhawks said goodbye to seven student-athletes who played their final contests in Seattle U uniform in 2012 and celebrate a year in which they recorded their first three NCAA Division I hat tricks, as well as their first three WAC Offensive Player of the Week nods. Verdoia and Busque were also named First-Team All-WAC and Julia Besagno was named to the Second Team. Verdoia and Renee Vandermause were named to the Capital One Academic All-District Second Team, NCAA Division I District VIII. The Redhawks look forward to next season, as their first year in the WAC is now in the books.
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Verdoia and Busque Named to WAC All-Tournament Team:Stephanie Verdoia and Melissa Busque were named to the 12-person WAC All-Tournament team. Texas State also had two honorees, Denver had three, Utah State had four, and Utah State’s Natalie Norris was named MVP.
Verdoia and Vandermause Named Academic All-District:Stephanie Verdoia and Renee Vandermause were named Second Team All-District, NCAA Division I District VIII. This honor recognizes student-athletes for top performances both in the classroom and on the field and is voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Verdoia, Busque, and Besagno Named All-WAC:Stephanie Verdoia and Melissa Busque were named to the First Team and Julia Besagno was named to the Second Team, as voted on by the league’s head coaches. Eleven student-athletes from the nine WAC women’s soccer teams were named to each team, 22 total.
Utah State (11/2): Seattle U played a close, tough game versus eventual tournament winners Utah State in the WAC tournament semifinals, but a late goal by the Aggies sealed their win, 2-1. They traded penalty kicks, one for Utah State in the 64th minute and one for the Redhawks in the 83rd minute. Tied until the 89th minute, Jennifer Flynn chipped the ball towards the goal for the Aggies and it tipped off Brianna Smallidge’s hands for the game-winning goal.
Louisiana Tech (11/1): Seattle U faced Louisiana Tech in the first round of the WAC tournament and came away with their first WAC Tournament victory, 2-1. Following a corner kick by Mary Hill, Stephanie Verdoia scored in the third minute to take the early lead, 1-0. A little over a minute later, in the beginning of the fourth minute, LA Tech’s Laura LeFevour scored her fourth goal of the season on an assist by Paige Dunn to tie the game, 1-1. In the 60th minute, Verdoia scored the game-winning goal, her fourth game-winner of the season. The header, assisted by Hill, gave the Redhawks the 2-1 victory. Overall, Seattle U outshot Louisiana Tech, 12-11. Verdoia led the Redhawks with seven shots, four on goal, in 86 minutes on the field.