Seattle University women’s soccer (9-8-2, 3-3-2 WAC) faced Louisiana Tech (12-5-4, 3-3-2 WAC) in the first round of the Western Athletic Conference tournament and came away with their first WAC Tournament victory, 2-1.
“I was really proud of the team overall,” said head coach Julie Woodward. “I think many individuals made a difference and it was definitely a day where we had a team mentality. We grinded out the win and had a pretty solid second half. Steph[anie Verdoia’s] game-winner was a beautiful goal [with a great assist] from Mary [Hill]. Louisiana Tech was a good, well-organized team; we wanted it today.”
Following a corner kick by Mary Hill (Mercer Island, Wash.), Stephanie Verdoia (Salt Lake City, Utah) 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. The score remained tied going into the halftime break.
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.
Brianna Smallidge (Port Orchard, Wash.) was back in goal for Seattle U, making four saves in the complete game win. Corina Brown made five saves in 90 minutes for the Lady Techsters.
Overall, Seattle U outshot Louisiana Tech, 12-11. Verdoia led the Redhawks with seven shots, four on goal, in 86 minutes on the field.
The Redhawks are back in action on Friday, Nov. 2 as they face tournament host, Utah State, at 1:30 p.m. PT. The winner will advance to the championship match on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 12 p.m. PT to face the winner of the Denver/Texas State contest. For all the latest details on the tournament, stay tuned to www.GoSeattleU.com, like “Seattle U Athletics” on Facebook, and follow @su_athletics on Twitter. To watch all tournament games for a one-time fee of $10.95, visit www.WAC.tv.