BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Western Washington University head women’s soccer coach Travis Connell has announced the addition of sophomore goalkeeper Natalie Dierickx to the program for the upcoming 2017 season.
Dierickx (Kirkland, WA) transfers to WWU from Colorado State University, where she played one season for the Rams. Prior to playing at CSU, Dierickx (DER-ick) was a prep standout at Inglemoor High School where she was a First Team All-KingCo 4A selection as a junior and senior. She played club soccer for Crossfire Premier.
In her lone season playing for Colorado State, Dierickx made six appearances in the net, making four starts (1-3-0 record). She had a 1.57 goals against average and ranked 2nd on the team with 22 saves (.786 save percentage). In her start on September 2 vs. Iowa, she made 9 saves, the 3rd-highest saves totally in a match in CSU history.
“Natalie is an experienced goalkeeper that makes our team better right away,” said Connell, who enters his 15th season as head coach for the women’s program and 22nd overall associated with WWU soccer. “She played at a high level with Crossfire Premier and again with Colorado State.”
The Vikings are coming off a 24-0-1 season in which they won the NCAA Division II National Championship. WWU has won a record five consecutive Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular-season championships and advanced to the NCAA Championships in each of the last five seasons. Over this span the program has combined to go 100-9-7 (.892), the second-best winning percentage in NCAA Division II.
WWU is scheduled to open the 2017 season August 31 with a road match at Notre Dame de Namur. The first home match is tentatively scheduled for September 16 vs. Western Oregon. The complete 2017 season will be released in the coming weeks.
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