Seattle University women’s soccer (8-7-2, 3-2-2 WAC) hosted
New Mexico State (2-13-3, 0-6-1 WAC) in their second to final regular season
match and came from behind to take the 2-1 win. This win ensures the team a
spot in their first Western Athletic Conference Tournament on Nov. 1-4 in
“I was just really proud of our team,” said head coach Julie
Woodward. “We’re down a couple of players right now, due to injury, who
contribute minutes and I just think a lot of players stepped up. I thought the
team played well as a whole; I thought Liana [Heberer] came in and did a great
job for us. I thought that Heather [Thomas] coming in and getting our first
goal to tie the game was awesome. Shawna Anderson, who hadn’t seen many minutes
recently, came in and gave us a spark. Overall, I’m just proud of all their efforts.
We had to grind out a win; New Mexico State is not a bad team, and I’m happy to
extend our season because of it.”
Seattle U fell behind early, as the Aggies’ Layla Todd,
assisted by Miranda Valdez, scored the early goal in the 7th minute.
In the 28th minute, the Redhawks tied the score,
1-1, as Heather Thomas (Woodinville, Wash.) scored on assists by Monique
Escalera (Riverside, Calif.) and Carlee Norquist (Boise, Idaho).
The score remained 1-1 into halftime and through most of the
second half until less than five minutes left in regulation.
In the 86th minute, Melissa Busque (St. Bruno,
Quebec, Canada) was taken down in the box resulting in a penalty kick for
Seattle U. Julia Besagno (Maple Valley, Wash.) took the penalty kick, which was good, to put
the Redhawks up, 2-1, which remained the final score at the buzzer.
“It was a good game for us,” said Besagno. “We were down
early, which is always tough, but I think it showed a lot about our character
that we fought through it and stuck with it. We fought hard and played together;
as the game went on, we kept fighting and I think sticking in it and playing
together was really what we needed. It was a good win and I’m proud of
Overall, the Redhawks outshot the Aggies 20-10. Stephanie
Verdoia (Salt Lake City, Utah) led SU with five shots, one on goal, while Elise
Nordin and Samantha Sandoval led NMSU with two shots apiece.
Brittany Lott (Fort Collins, Colo.), recording her first
career start in goal, made five saves in the complete game win. In goal for New
Mexico State, Mikaela Bitner recorded six saves in 90 minutes of play.
Seattle University hosts Denver (13-1-4, 5-0-2 WAC) on
Sunday, Oct. 28 at 12 p.m. for Senior Day at Championship Field. Busque,
Norquist, Thomas, Chelsea Jennings (Tacoma, Wash.), Renee Vandermause (Madison,
Wisc.), Liana Heberer (Oceanside, Calif.), and Taylor Bolibol (Woodinville,
Wash.) will play their final home
game in Seattle U uniform. The men’s soccer team will host New Mexico in their
Senior Day game 30 minutes after the end of the women’s game, at approximately
2:30 p.m. Senior Day presentations for the women’s team will begin at
approximately 11:45 a.m.