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Seattle Soccer Examiner

Seattle Soccer Examiner

Sunday, November 9, 2008

College Round-up: Husky Women finish strong, Western sweeps GNAC

SEATTLE - Despite playing the final 50 minutes a player down and the entire match without its head coach, the Washington Huskies used goals by junior Veronica Perez and freshman Kate Deines, and held off a late rally by Arizona, to win their final regular-season match, 2-1, Sunday at Husky Soccer Field.

UW finishes the regular-season on a six-game unbeaten streak, improving to 14-5-1 overall and 5-3-1 in Pac-10 play, and finishing tied for the third in the Pac-10. The 14 wins mark UW's third-highest win total in school history and mark its most victories in a season since earning 17 in 2004. UW will find out its postseason fate on Monday at 5 p.m., but are almost assured its first postseason berth since 2004. Read the entire match recap here.

BERKELEY, Calif. - After going up 1-0, Washington gave up two unanswered goals including the gamewinner in the 88th minute, falling to No. 14/25 California, 2-1, in Pac-10 men's soccer action at Edwards Stadium, Sunday afternoon.

Cal senior midfielder Pat Marion netted the gamewinning score with just two minutes remaining in regulation to lift the Golden Bears to the victory. The Huskies had been playing the final 54 minutes a man down after junior defender Casey Cunningham was issued a red card in the 36th minute, an ejection that occurred after Cal came back to tie the score 1-1.

UW freshman forward Dylan Tucker-Gangnes gave the Huskies an early lead in the 26th minute with his third goal of the season, only to have that answered by Cal sophomore forward Andrew Wiedeman nine minutes later.

The loss was the second-straight and third in the last four games for Washington, which fell to 8-7-2 overall and 3-4-2 in Pac-10 play. Cal improved to 9-3-5 and 4-2-3 in league action. UW now sits in fourth place in the conference with one regular season match remaining against Oregon State on Friday. Read the rest from GoHuskies.com here.

SEATTLE - On Senior Day, fourth-year players Megan Price (Federal Way, Wash.) and Kahlyn Keilty-Lucas (Minneapolis, Minn.) figured into the scoring as Seattle University scored three first-half goals on its way to a 3-1 victory over Saint Martin’s in women’s soccer action Sunday afternoon on a muddy Championship Field.

The Seattle University women’s soccer team finishes the 2008 season with a 12-5-3 record, including a 10-5-3 mark against Division I schools, defeating teams from the West Coast Conference, the Western Athletic Conference, the Big Sky Conference, and the Summit League. The top four scorers from this season (Coe, Kuttler, Riozzi, Bloecker) are eligible to return next season, as are three members of the starting defense (Kate Edstrom, Nance Hill, Jordan Salisbury) and Goverde, who played every second of every match in net for the Redhawks in 2008.

BELLINGHAM - The Western men’s soccer team won their second Great Northwest Athletic Conference title in school history.

Thursday with a 6-0 win against Saint Martin’s University at Whatcom Community College’s Orca Field.
Western senior forward Samir Vejo led the Vikings’ attack with three goals as four different players scored in the second half.

“Winning the conference is a massive accomplishment,” Western head coach Travis Connell said. “I am extremely proud and I know the guys are too.”

Western, which was 5-0-1 in its last six games, improved its overall record to 10-5-3 and 6-0-1 within the conference. Read the rest here.

BELLINGHAM -The Western women’s soccer team tied Saint Martin’s University 1-1 on Thursday at Whatcom Community College’s Orca Field.

The tie continues the Vikings' 14-game unbeaten streak.

The last unbeaten streak consisted of 38 games in a row, which took place from 1982 to 1984.

With an overall record of 15-2-2 and 9-0-2 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, the Vikings are ranked 15th in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II Coaches Poll and first in the Far West Region. Read the rest here.

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