CHAMPIONSHIP GAMEDAY: WSOC vs. Utah Valley
By Seattle University
NOVEMBER 4, 2017
SEATTLE – (Nov. 4) Seattle University women’s soccer will face second-seeded Utah Valley in the WAC Championship game on Sunday afternoon.
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ABOUT THE GAME
- Seattle U (9-8-3, 3-2-2 WAC) vs. Utah Valley (10-11-0, 5-2-0 WAC)
- All-time series-SU leads, 13-2-0
- Home-SU leads, 7-0-0
- Away-SU leads, 5-1-0
- Neutral-Series is tied, 1-1-0
- Last meeting-SU won, 2-0, at Seattle U (Oct. 28, 2017)
NEWS AND NOTES
- Seattle U beat No. 1 seed Kansas City, 1-0, on Friday, advancing to the WAC Championship game for a conference-record fifth straight year.
- Jessie Ray scored at 16:57, finishing a Hannah Carrothers pass to put the Redhawks ahead for good. It marked Ray’s team-high eighth goal.
- Ashley Routh notched two saves, including a diving stop in the final seconds, for her fifth straight shutout. The redshirt sophomore has not allowed a goal since returning from injury on Oct. 20.
- As a team, Seattle U has not conceded a goal in 479:41 of game play, with Routh accounting for 442 of those minutes. The scoreless stretch is the longest by an SU side since 2013, when the Redhawks played 766:42 without allowing a goal (Sept. 20-Oct. 20).
- The Redhawks beat New Mexico State, 3-0, in the first round Wednesday. Laura Hooper, Holly Rothering, and Natasha Howe each scored. Ashley Routh made three saves in net.
- SU outshot the Aggies, 22-6. The Redhawks led, 3-0, before NM State recorded its first shot of the contest.
- SU is going for a second straight WAC Championship and its fourth in the last five seasons.
- Seattle U and UVU split two games this season and have split the last two WAC Championships. The Wolverines won the 2015 title and the first matchup this season, while the Redhawks won the 2016 final and the second meeting last month.
- With a win Sunday, Natasha Howe would join a select group of active women’s soccer student-athletes with four conference tournament rings. Depending on results from Florida Gulf Coast and South Alabama, Howe could join up to seven other seniors with four league tournament titles in their careers.
- Utah Valley, the second seed in this week’s tournament, defeated Grand Canyon, 1-0, in Friday’s semifinal. Breanna McCarter scored in the 74th minute and Brooklyn Nielsen made seven saves in net for the shutout.
- The Redhawks are looking to become the first team to win the WAC Championship after claiming a seed outside of the top two since 2010. SU is also the first team seeded outside the top three to advance to the finals since 2010, when Fresno State won the championship as a six seed.
- At Tuesday’s postseason awards banquet, Stephanie Spiekerman was named All-WAC First Team, while Hannah Carrothers and Jessie Ray were both selected All-WAC Second Team.
- Seattle U beat Utah Valley, 2-0, on senior night at Championship Field. Leahi Manthei and Natasha Howe both scored and Ashley Routh recorded six saves for her third straight shutout in net. Routh earned WAC Defensive Player of the Week for her efforts.
- Utah Valley beat Seattle U, 3-0, at UVU on Sept. 30. Tori Smith led the Wolverines with a goal and two assists in the non-conference match.
- Breanna DeWaal leads the Wolverines with nine goals and six assists in 2017. Breanna McCarter has seven goals and four helpers in 21 outings.
- SU tied, 0-0, at Grand Canyon on Oct. 22. Ashley Routh made two saves for her second straight shutout in goal.
- With the result at GCU, Seattle U clinched a spot in the WAC Championship for a sixth straight season. The Redhawks have won three of the last four WAC Championships.
- SU claimed a key 1-0 win over CSU Bakersfield at Championship Field on Oct. 20, as Stephanie Spiekerman scored her first goal of the season. Seattle U is now 18-0-0 all-time against the Roadrunners.
- The Redhawks suffered a 2-1 setback against New Mexico State on Oct. 14 at Championship Field. Isabelle Butterfield scored her first goal of the season as SU outshot the Aggies, 27-5, in the contest.
- SU tied UTRGV, 0-0, on Thursday night. Mackenzie Curry made two saves for her fourth shutout of the season.
- SU is dropped a 3-0 setback at Kansas City on Oct. 8. The decision snapped the Redhawks’ 24-game unbeaten streak in WAC regular season contests and their 15-game win streak in such outings.
- The Redhawks are 40-3-3 in their last 46 WAC regular season games.
- SU won, 6-1, at Chicago State on Oct. 6. Madeline Racine notched a goal and three assists, while Kelsey Eagle scored twice in the WAC opener.
- Seattle U outshot the Cougars, 27-3, in the match.
- Madeline Racine’s three-assist showing against Chicago State is the first such performance by a Redhawk since Julia Moravec tallied three helpers on Oct. 25, 2015, at Grand Canyon.
- SU set new season highs in goals (6), shots (27), shots on goal (16), and corner kicks (9) in the win at Chicago State.
- The Redhawks dropped a 2-1 double-overtime game at Gonzaga on Sept. 24. Jennifer Plummer scored and Mackenzie Curry made a career-high seven saves in net.
- SU settled for a 1-1 tie with Portland on Sept. 22. Jessie Ray scored her fourth goal in four games and Mackenzie Curry logged four saves.
- Jessie Ray and Mackenzie Curry were named WAC Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, on Sept. 25. Ray leads the league with seven goals, while Curry posted 11 saves in two outings over the weekend.
- SU tops the WAC with 1.9 assists per game. It is ranked 40th nationally, as 15 different Redhawks have registered an assist this year. Nationally, only Stanford has more players with a helper in 2017.
- Seattle U won, 4-0, at Portland State on Sept. 17. Jessie Ray scored two goals and assisted on another, as the Redhawks claimed their third shutout of the season.
- Jessie Ray leads the WAC in goals per game (0.78) this season. The sophomore leads the conference with seven goals in 2017.
- SU dropped a 3-0 decision at Washington on Sept. 15. Both sides tried eight shots in the contest at Husky Soccer Field.
- SU fell, 4-1, to Santa Clara on Sept. 11. Jessie Ray scored her fourth goal of the season and the Redhawks outshot the Broncos, 14-12, at Championship Field.
- Leahi Manthei set a program Division I record with four goals in a 5-3 win at Idaho on Sept. 4. The freshman came off the bench to score a goal in the first half and then three in the second frame. She earned WAC Offensive Player of the Week recognition for the showing.
- The win at Idaho marked SU’s first comeback from a two-goal deficit to win in Division I history.
- Seattle U recorded a 2-0 showing at the Outrigger Classic at the University of Hawaii Aug. 26-28. SU beat Pacific, 3-0, and Hawaii, 2-0. Jessie Ray earned Tournament MVP and WAC Offensive Player of the Week honors, as the sophomore scored in both games.
- Coach Julie Woodward, in her 21st season at SU, has guided the Redhawks to three NCAA Tournament appearances in the last four years. She has 284 career victories, including eight in the WAC Championship.
- Chris Lemay is in his first season as Utah Valley head coach. He spent the last four seasons as the associate head coach at Cal.
- For a fifth straight year, SU was voted as favorites in the WAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Stephanie Spiekerman, the reigning WAC Defensive Player of the Year, was chosen WAC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.