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SU faces Idaho for the third straight time in the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 8 at 11:30 am MT/10:30 am PT.
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Women's Soccer Enters WAC Tournament as No. 1 Seed
Courtesy: Seattle University  
Release:  11/06/2013
Regular Season Champions Face Idaho for Third Straight Match: Seattle University women’s soccer (15-2-2, 12-0-0 WAC), who finished the regular season with a perfect, undefeated record in league play, enters this weekend’s WAC Tournament as the No. 1 seed as the Regular Season Champions. The Redhawks are riding a 13-game winning streak into the tournament, during which they’ve allowed just four goals dating back to Sept. 20. SU recently completed a seven-game shutout streak during which they scored 25 consecutive unanswered goals. After facing Idaho for a home-and-away last weekend, they face the No. 4 Vandals for the fourth straight match in the semifinals of the WAC Tournament on Friday, Nov. 8 at 11:30 a.m. MT/10:30 a.m. PT. Kiana Kraft was named WAC Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 28-Nov. 4), marking the seventh straight week that the Redhawks have earned at least one WAC nod (10 total this season). Links to available live stats and video are on the women’s soccer schedule page at GoSeattleU.com.

WAC Tournament: The 2013 WAC Tournament will be hosted by New Mexico State in Las Cruces, N.M on Nov. 8 and 10. The top four teams in WAC standings following regular season league play advanced to the tournament, with the winner advancing to the NCAA Tournament. Tickets can be purchased at www.nmstatesports.com or by calling the New Mexico State Ticket Office at (575) 646-1420. Fans can also watch all the games at www.WACsports.tv.

Redhawks Dominate All-Conference Honors: As voted upon by the league’s seven head coaches, Stephanie Verdoia was named WAC Offensive Player of the Year and Julie Woodward was named WAC Coach of the Year. The Redhawks also had nine players named to the All-Conference First and Second Teams, the most of any league school, including four on the First Team (Verdoia, Julia Besagno, Monique Escalera, and Mary Hill) and five on the Second Team (Taylor Ritzman, Ava Ames, Natasha Howe, Kat Prati, Brianna Smallidge).

Redhawks Clinch Regular Season Title: Following regular season play, Seattle U sits atop league standings with a perfect 12-0-0 WAC record, officially clinching the WAC Regular Season Title.

Two of a Kind: Both the Seattle U men’s and women’s soccer teams have secured the 2013 WAC Regular Season title and the No. 1 seed in their respective WAC tournaments. This brings Seattle U’s tally of WAC Regular Season titles to three in just their second year in the conference after women’s basketball completed the feat in 2012-13.

First Time for Everything: Seattle U is just the fourth team in WAC history to finish league play with a perfect record and the first WAC team to ever win 12 conference games. Previous undefeated teams in WAC play include SMU (6-0-0 in 1997; 8-0-0 in 2001), San Diego State (6-0-0 in 1998), and Utah State (7-0-0 in 2008).

National and Regional Rankings: After moving into the top 10 five weeks ago, the Redhawks jump up four places from last week into the No. 4 spot in the Nov. 5 edition of the NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Women’s West Regional Poll. The Redhawks are also receiving votes in the Nov. 4 edition of the Top Drawer Soccer national poll.

Shutout Streak: The Redhawks recorded seven straight shutouts from Sept. 22 to Oct. 18. They also scored 25 consecutive unanswered goals after allowing a goal in the fifth minute vs. Grand Canyon on Sept. 20, not allowing another goal until the 51st minute vs. Bakersfield on Oct. 20.

Kraft Named WAC Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 28-Nov. 3): Kraft received her first career WAC Defensive Player of the Week honor, the 10th for the Redhawks in 2013, marking seven straight weeks in which SU received at least one WAC POW honoree. Kraft helped anchor the Seattle U defense that allowed just one goal in two matches vs. Idaho, as the Redhawks shut out the Vandals, 3-0, on Nov. 1, and earned a 3-1 victory on Nov. 3. The SU defense allowed Idaho just eight shots, four on goal, over the two matches. Kraft also helped the team offensively, scoring a goal and recording an assist over the weekend. To date, Kraft has recorded two goals and four assists for eight points, and 11 shots, seven on goal, while playing a key role in the team’s seven-game shutout streak and current 13-game winning streak.

Three Named to Academic All-District First Team: The Redhawks had three honorees named to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team, including Stephanie Verdoia, Julia Besagno, and Jacqui Wallis. The honor recognizes top student-athletes for both their performances on the field and in the classroom and marked the first Academic All-District First Team honor for the program since reclassifying back to Division I. Last season, Verdoia and alumna Renee Vandermause were named to the Second Team, the program’s first such Division I honor.

Scouting No. 4 Idaho (4-15-0, 4-8-0 WAC): With Bakersfield’s loss to New Mexico State, 2-1, on Nov. 3, Idaho ensured a spot in the conference tournament. The Redhawks and Vandals will face off for the third straight time in the semifinals of the WAC Tournament, as Seattle U has come away with the win in the last two matches (3-0 on Nov. 1, 3-1 on Nov. 3). With a win over New Mexico State on Oct. 27, Idaho is 1-7 over their last eight matches. Alyssa Pease and Katie Baran lead UI with three goals apiece, while Pease has also recorded a team-high 24 shots, 13 on goal. In goal, Marina Siegl has made 18 starts and appearances in all 19 games, tallying 68 saves and a 1.67 GAA. Torell Stewart hsa made one start and 15 appearances, recording 38 saves and a 3.10 GAA. Each goalie has allowed 21 goals. Chelsie Breen was named First Team All-WAC while Nitalia Zuniga was named Second Team-All WAC for the Vandals.

Scouting No. 2 Kansas City (11-8-1, 8-4-0 WAC): UMKC finished league play winning seven of their last nine matches, including a 3-0 loss to SU at home on Oct. 27. The Redhawks also defeated the Kangaroos in Seattle, 3-0, on Sept. 27. Taylor Bare leads the team with 13 goals in 2013, tying Stephanie Verdoia for the WAC-lead, and was recently named WAC Offensive Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 28-Nov. 3. In league play, Nina Tzianos has made 61 saves in 12 appearances while Megan Goetzinger has made one save in 45 minutes of action. Bare was named First Team All-WAC, while Alyssa Elver and Kaely Tott were named Second Team All-WAC.

Scouting No. 3 Utah Valley (9-9-1, 7-4-1 WAC): Utah Valley will play their second straight match vs. Kansas City in the semifinals of the WAC Tournament, after falling to the Kangaroos, 3-0, on Nov. 3 to close the regular season. Prior to that match, the Wolverines had won their past three matches at Idaho and New Mexico State and versus Grand Canyon. Haley Curtis and Natalie Baker have recorded a team-high seven goals apiece, while Curtis adds seven assists for Utah Valley. Lauren Sack has made 90 saves in 18 starts in goal, recording a 1.52 GAA while Jessica Duffin has mdae nine saves in one start and four appearances, allowing three goals. Sack was named WAC Defensive Player of the Year, also named First Team All-WAC alongside Baker, Curtis, and Lexi Dunn.
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