PALO ALTO, Calif. – Seattle University women’s soccer stood tall against top-ranked Stanford, but fell to the Cardinal, 3-0, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Friday. The Redhawks’ season ended with a ninth straight winning campaign.
“Tonight was a great moment for our program,” said Coach Julie Woodward. “The opportunity to play against the top-ranked team in the country was a great experience. I was impressed with our focus, discipline, and commitment to the game plan. Every player believed, competed, played hard, never quit and hopefully, most of all, enjoyed the moment. This is a great step for the future of our program.”
Seattle U (10-8-3) held down the explosive Stanford attack for much of the night. The hosts scored in the 18th minute, as Civana Kuhlmann put her side ahead, 1-0.
In the 24th minute, Leahi Manthei worked hard to gain an opportunity in the box for the Redhawks. Her shot went just wide, as the Cardinal breathed a sigh of relief.
Ariana Romero came up with three saves in net, keeping Stanford at a single goal in the first 45 minutes.
The Cardinal found a second goal in the 52nd minute, staking itself to a 2-0 advantage. SU tried to maneuver around the stout Stanford defense as the clock ran on, but the home side was too strong.
In the 78th minute, Romero made a diving save on an open Cardinal shot, keeping the difference at two. The hosts eventually capped the scoring with a late goal to create the final margin.
Woodward’s 22nd season at Seattle U saw the Redhawks won their fourth WAC Tournament title, giving them eight total conference championships since 2013. SU is the only program in Division I to advance to its last six conference finals.