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The Redhawks take on Butler at 4 p.m. PT on 9/6 and Purdue at 9 a.m. PT on 9/8.
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Women's Soccer Heads East for Pair of Midwest Matches
Courtesy: Seattle University  
Release:  09/04/2013
Redhawks Fly East for Pair of Games at Butler and Purdue: After a thrilling overtime victory over Boise State, 2-1, on Aug. 30, Seattle University women’s soccer (2-1-0) jumped to the top of the non-conference standings among their fellow Western Athletic Conference members. Natasha Howe and Brianna Smallidge were named WAC Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week for their efforts in the team’s win. After opening the season with two of three games at home, the Redhawks travel to the Midwest to face Butler on Friday, Sept. 6 at 4 p.m. PT and Purdue on Sunday, Sept. 8 at 9 a.m. Links to available live coverage are on the women’s soccer schedule page at GoSeattleU.com.

Be a Part of the Action: Season tickets are now available for the 2013 season for $75 (reserved seating) and $50 (general admission seating). To purchase, visit GoSeattleU.com or call the Redhawk Ticket Office at (206) 398-GOSU(4678). The Redhawk Sports Pass is also available for $75, which gains fans admission to more than 60 contests during the 2013-14 season, including men’s and women’s soccer, women’s basketball, volleyball and baseball. Single game tickets are available starting 60 minutes prior to kickoff at the Championship Field gate (corner of 14th and E Cherry St). Prices are as follows: reserved chairbacks ($9), general admission adults ($7), general admission youth 17 and under ($5), general admission seniors age 65+ ($5).

Redhawks Take Lead in Non-Conference WAC Standings: With their 2-1 win over Boise State in OT, the Redhawks climbed to the top of the WAC’s non-conference standings with a 2-1 record. Kansas City and New Mexico State are tied for second place with 2-2 records, while Bakersfield is fourth at 1-3. Idaho, Grand Canyon and Utah Valley each hold 0-3 marks.

Leaders of the WAC: Among members of the Western Athletic Conference, Seattle U leads the league in fewest goals allowed (4) and GAA (1.29), is tied for first in shutouts (1), ranks second in goals per game (1.67), and is tied for second in points (12), goals (5), assists (2), and assists per game (0.67).

Scouting Butler: The Bulldogs had a record-setting season in 2012, clinching the school record for fewest losses in a single season (12-5-4 overall record). The historic season finished with a 1-0 loss to No. 1 seed La Salle in the Atlantic 10 Conference semifinals. Then-sophomore Kelly Mahoney was voted Second Team Academic All-District by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Now a member of the Big East Conference, Butler has opened up the 2013 campaign with a 4-1 record and victories at Indiana State, Bowling Green, and IPFW and at home vs. Northern Kentucky. Sophomore Sophia Maccagnone leads the Bulldogs with three goals while senior Julie Burton has recorded three shutouts and 19 saves in five complete games in goal.

Scouting Purdue: The Boilermakers performed well at home in 2012, with a 6-4-2 record on their home pitch, but, plagued by injuries, went 7-10-2 overall and 2-8-1 in Big Ten Conference play. Purdue has opened the 2013 campaign with a 2-2-0 record, with wins vs. Akron and Northern Illinois. Freshman Maddy Williams leads the team with four goals, averaging a goal per game, while senior Clara Kridler has gotten all four starts in goal, recording eight saves.

Howe and Smallidge Named WAC Players of the Week (Aug. 26-Sept. 1): Natasha Howe and Brianna Smallidge were named the Western Athletic Conference Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, a career first for both and SU’s first ever WAC Defensive Player of the Week nod. Howe, in just her third collegiate match, came in off the bench to score the game-winner in overtime vs. Boise State on Aug. 30 in the Redhawks’ 2-1 win. Howe was also named WAC Player of the Week by College Sports Madness. Smallidge earned her second win of the season vs. the Broncos, allowing just one goal, while making three saves for a .750 save percentage, her second highest of the season thus far.

Boise State (8/30): After nearly 30 scoreless minutes, Stephanie Verdoia drove the ball towards the goal and was pulled down by Boise State keeper Maddy McDevitt, resulting in a penalty kick. Julia Besagno took the penalty kick, which was good, resulting in a 1-0 lead for the Redhawks, a lead they took into the halftime break. In the 55th minute, Boise State’s Shannon Schueren, assisted by Ashley Hruby, drove the ball in for her first goal of the season to tie the game, 1-1. A back-and-forth contest for the remainder of regulation, the match went into overtime. Boise State made three unsuccessful shots in the first half of the overtime period, but in the 99th minute, Howe broke through the Boise State defenders to score her first collegiate goal, the golden goal.
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