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Thursday, October 5

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#3 WWU vs. Seattle Pacific   5 pm    Harrington Field

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ABOUT THE VIKINGS…the No. 3-ranked Vikings (9-0-0, 5-0-0 GNAC) continue Great Northwest Athletic Conference play hosting rival Seattle Pacific (6-3-0, 4-1-0 GNAC) Thursday night (5 pm) at Harrington Field…will be battle of the top two teams in the conference, with WWU holding the top spot with 15 points, and SPU alone in 2nd with 12 points…WWU is coming off a 2-0 week, mounting a pair of road shutouts at Central Washington (2-0) and Montana State Billings (1-0)…Western takes a 33-game winning streak, a 34-game unbeaten streak (33-0-1) and a 27-game home winning streak into Thursday’s rivalry match.

THURSDAY NIGHT LIGHTS…the WWU women’s and men’s soccer teams will both host Seattle Pacific on Thursday at Harrington Field (women at 5 pm, men at 7:30 pm)…2-for-1 admission will be offered and WWU soccer t-shirts and posters will be given away.

ROAD WARRIORS…WWU has built a perfect 9-0-0 record and extended its current winning streak to 33 consecutive games with a large majority of games on the road, with 7 of 9 wins have come away from Bellingham…4 of last 7 games of the regular season will be at home.

Record Breakdown

Overall Record

9-0

Home

2-0

Away

7-0

Neutral

0-0

GNAC Record

5-0

By Kit

White

2-0

Navy

5-0

Black

2-0

THE NATIONAL RANKINGS…WWU is ranked No. 3 in the latest edition of the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer Poll (10/3/17), after holding the top spot in the poll for the first five weeks of the season and 15 consecutive polls dating back to last year (Kutztown listed No. 1 this week)…ranked No. 1 in the United Soccer Coaches West Region rankings…finished the 2016 season as the No. 1 team in the nation after winning the NCAA II National Championship.

THE WINNING STREAK…dating back to the start of last season, the Vikings have won their last 33 games and are undefeated in their last 34 games (33-0-1)…the 33-game winning streak is the 4th-longest winning streak in NCAA II history and the 34-game unbeaten streak is tied for 5th-longest in NCAA II history…the 34-game undefeated streak is a GNAC record, breaking the mark of 27 by Seattle Pacific (2008-09)the program record winning streak is 38 consecutive spanning 1982-84.

SCORING MACHINE…WWU is 2nd in NCAA II with 10.67 points per game (Columbus State, 10.71), and is 4th in scoring offense with 3.56 goals per game (Central Missouri, 4.00)…leads the nation with 32 assists (3.56/game)…scored 3-or-more goals in 5 of 9 games, and 20 goals over the last 5 games.

DOMINATING DEFENSE…Vikings have recorded 6 shutouts this season to tie for 14th in NCAA II…logged a shutout in 6 of last 7 games, and allowed only 3 goals all season…6th in NCAA II (leads GNAC) with 0.333 goals against average…held opponents to 16 shots on goal all season, including only 7 in the last 6 games combined…WWU has had a player selected as GNAC Defensive Player of the Week in three of five weeks so far this season.

PELOGI’S POINTSGabriela Pelogi has scored 22 points (9 goals, 4 assists) in the Vikings first 9 games of the season to rank 2nd in the GNAC (Pringle, SFU, 23) and tied for 7th in the nation…recorded a hat trick in 7-1 win at Holy Names, and 7 total points adding an assist…Pelogi enters the week ranked 2nd in the GNAC in points (22) and goals (9)…she has scored in 7 of 9 games.

WWU Career Goals

1.

Annette Duvall

62

1982-84

2.

Shonna Hall

52

1992-95

3.

Cindy Gordon

50

1981-84

4.

Catherine Miles

45

2012-15

5.

Julia Goodlett

42

1996-99

6.

Debbie Carter

32

1983-86

 

Jenny Schurman

32

1985-88

8.

Hope Grimm

31

1982-84

9.

Gabriela Pelogi

30

2015-c

10.

Christine Avakian

28

1997-00

 

Kristin Maris

28

2010-13

WWU Career Points

1.

Annette Duvall

143

62 g/19 a

2.

Cindy Gordon

126

50 g/26 a

3.

Shonna Hall

122

52 g/18 a

4.

Catherine Miles

104

45 g/14 a

5.

Julia Goodlett

95

42 g, 11 a

6.

Hope Grimm

82

31 g/20 a

7.

Jenny Schurman

80

32 g/16 a

8.

Claire Morgan

77

25 g/27 a

9.

Gabriela Pelogi

76

30 g/16 a

10.

Debbie Carter

73

32 g/9 a

 

Kristin Maris

73

28 g/17 a

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • National Champions – Won program’s first national championship with a 24-0-1 record in 2016.
  • West Region Dominance – Current 44-match unbeaten streak vs. West Region opponents, going 44-0-2 dating back to loss Sept. 9, 2015 at Humboldt State…won NCAA II West Regional titles in 2013, 2015, 2016.
  • Spreading the Wealth – 9 players have scored a goal for WWU this season (32 goals lead the GNAC, 7th in NCAA II)…during last season’s national championship campaign, 19 players scored a goal (12 with 2+).
  • She’s a Regular Emily Webster has appeared in 79 career games (73 starts), T12th in WWU history.
  • The Transfer Karli White ranks 2nd on the team (3rd in GNAC) with 17 points (6 goals, 5 assists)…scored 15 goals in two seasons at Division I Seattle University…was 3rd-team All-West Region last season.
  • Player of the Year Sierra Shugarts was named the Division II National Player of the Year in 2016…is fully back in action starting last 2 games after missing first 4 games of the season (injury).
  • GNAC – WWU won its 5th consecutive GNAC regular-season title and 3rd GNAC Tournament in 2016.
  • Homegrown – 26 of 31 players on the WWU roster (83.9%) hail from the state of Washington.
  • History at Harrington – The Vikings have won 27 consecutive home games at Harrington Field, breaking the GNAC record for consecutive home wins set by Seattle Pacific from 2002-04 (22)…overall are 35-1-1 at Harrington Field since the on-campus facility debuted in 2014 (only loss in first round of 2014 NCAA Tourney).
  • Defense Dominates – WWU has featured the GNAC Defensive Player of the Year in each of the last 5 seasons, including Emily Webster and NCAA Championships Defensive MVP Sierra Shugarts in 2016.
  • Coach Connell – WWU head coach Travis Connell is in his 15th season leading the program (22nd overall at WWU)…owns all-time record of 211-64-26 (.744) at the helm of the women’s program and is a six-time GNAC Coach of the Year (2006, 2008, 2013-16)…graduate and former national champion at SPU.

THE RIVALRY…here is a look at the all-time series history between WWU and SPU:

  • Seattle Pacific → SPU leads the all-time series 18-14-6, but the Vikings have had the upper hand in the series of late winning last 6 games (since 10/1/15) and are undefeated in last 13 games vs. the Falcons (10-0-3), with two shootout defeats in the GNAC Championship Final in 2013 and 2014 (both played in Tukwila, both count statistically as ties)…Vikings beat SPU twice last year, 4-0 in Seattle (10/20/16) and 3-1 in Bellingham (11/5/16 in GNAC Championship Final)…WWU and SPU have combined to win all five of the GNAC Championships (tournament), with WWU owning 3 and SPU 2 (have met in 4 of the 5 championship finales)…WWU leads series 9-8-1 in games played in Bellingham (4-0-0 at Harrington Field).

HALLQUIST TABBED AS PLAYER OF THE WEEKTaylor Hallquist has been named the GNAC Defensive Player of the Week, playing all 180 minutes in WWU’s road shutouts at Central Washington and Montana State Billings…was the first GNAC Player of the Week award for the junior…WWU has had at least one GNAC weekly award in all five weeks this season: Ashley Homer (Defense, Sept. 4-10), Gabriela Pelogi (Offense, Aug. 28-Sept. 3; Sept. 18-24), Annaliese Laurila (Defense, Aug. 28-Sept. 3), Karli White (Offense, Sept. 11-17).

CHARTING SUCCESS…dating back to the start of the 2013 season (the last five seasons), WWU Women’s Soccer has compiled an impressive 90-5-7 record for a .917 winning percentage...during this 102-game span WWU has won the GNAC regular-season title each season (current streak of five straight) while combining to go 52-1-4 (.947) in GNAC play…amongst all Division II schools, the winning percentage since the start of the 2013 season the BEST amongst all DII schools, followed closely by Grand Valley State (100-7-5/.915).

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2013-2017

Team

W

L

T

W

L

T

W

L

T

W

L

T

 W

L

T

W

L

T

Pct.

Western Washington

20

2

1

16

1

4

21

2

1

24

0

1

9

0

0

90

5

7

.917

Grand Valley State

24

0

1

22

2

2

23

1

1

23

2

1

8

2

0

100

7

5

.915

Central Missouri

14

4

2

21

1

2

21

2

1

21

2

0

10

0

0

87

9

5

.886

Minn. State Mankato

17

3

2

22

1

0

18

2

2

16

3

3

8

1

1

81

10

8

.859

Columbus State

15

6

1

20

2

1

22

3

1

21

3

0

6

1

0

84

15

3

.838

Colorado Mines

19

1

1

16

2

6

15

5

2

20

3

1

7

1

1

77

12

11

.825

Saint Rose

20

1

2

21

1

3

15

3

4

11

7

0

7

1

1

74

13

10

.814

St. Edward's

18

1

3

15

5

0

14

6

1

15

1

3

7

0

3

69

13

10

.804

Notre Dame (OH)

16

2

0

14

3

2

13

5

1

14

2

4

7

1

1

64

13

8

.800

Adelphi

14

3

4

14

5

2

18

3

2

16

4

1

9

0

0

71

15

9

.795

STREAKING AT HARRINGTON…Western has won 27 consecutive home matches, including postseason matches (does not include exhibitions)…home winning streak tied for 11th-longest in NCAA II history (28 is 10th place)…were 12-0-0 in 2015, 13-0-0 last season and 2-0-0 so far in 2017 at Harrington Field…set the GNAC record with 23 consecutive home victories (10/22/16 vs. CWU) breaking the previous mark of 22 consecutive home wins by Seattle Pacific (2002-04)…the Vikings are also unbeaten in their last 42 regular-season home games, breaking the GNAC record by SPU…the last regular-season home defeat was Oct. 27, 2012 vs. Seattle Pacific (Whatcom CC).

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

#3
WWU’s current national ranking in the United Soccer Coaches Division II poll.

3
Final Four appearances and West Regional titles over last four seasons (2013, 2015, 2016).

5
Consecutive GNAC regular-season titles and trips to the NCAA Division II Championships.

9
Goals by Gabriela Pelogi to rank 2nd in the GNAC and tied for 9th in NCAA Division II.

32
WWU leads NCAA II with 32 assists this season (3.56/game)…also 2nd with 10.67 points per game.

33
WWU’s current winning streak, the 4th-longest streak in NCAA II history.

35-1-1
Record at Harrington Field since on-campus field debuted in 2014, including a current 27-game winning streak.

39
Have not been shut out in last 39 games vs. GNAC opponents (including postseason), setting the conference record (SPU, 36).

47
Consecutive GNAC regular-season matches without a loss going 43-0-4 dating back to 2013 (last loss: 10/19/13 at Western Oregon).

90-5-7
WWU’s record since the start of the 2013 season (.917), is the best winning percentage amongst DII teams during this time ahead of Grand Valley State (100-7-5, .915).

DOMINATING THE GNAC…WWU is undefeated in its last 58 games vs. GNAC opponents, counting matches in the GNAC Championship and NCAA tournament play…is 52-0-6 vs. GNAC teams dating back to last loss on Oct. 13, 2013 at Western Oregon…58-game unbeaten streak vs. conference opponents is the 3rd-longest streak in NCAA II history (61 is 2nd).

GNAC STANDINGS…here is a look at the updated GNAC standings through games of Oct. 2, with WWU sitting atop the standings with 15 points (5-0-0):

Standings

GNAC

Pts

Pct.

GF

GA

Overall

Pct.

Home

Away

Neutral

Last 10

Streak

Western Washington

5-0-0

15

1.000

20

1

9-0-0

1.000

2-0

7-0

0-0

9-0

W 9

Seattle Pacific

4-1-0

12

.800

10

5

6-3-0

.667

3-0

3-3

0-0

6-3

W 1

Concordia

3-0-1

10

.875

7

1

6-2-1

.722

4-1

2-0

0-1

6-2-1

W 3

Northwest Nazarene

3-2-1

10

.583

6

5

6-4-1

.591

3-1

3-3

0-0

5-4-1

L 1

Simon Fraser

3-2-0

9

.600

13

8

5-4-0

.556

2-3

3-1

0-0

5-4

W 3

Central Washington

0-2-2

2

.250

3

7

1-5-3

.278

0-2

1-2

0-1

1-5-3

T1

Saint Martin's

0-3-1

1

.125

3

16

0-8-1

.056

0-4

0-4

0-0

0-8-1

T1

Western Oregon

0-4-1

1

.100

2

15

1-7-1

.167

0-5

1-2

0-0

1-7-1

L 2

MSU Billings

0-4-1

1

.100

2

8

1-8-1

.150

1-3

0-4

0-1

1-8-1

L 2

2016 SEASON IN REVIEW…WWU won the NCAA Division II National Championship with an undefeated 24-0-1 record…beat three-time defending champion Grand Valley State 3-2 in the national championship game Dec. 3 in Kansas City, MO at Swope Soccer Village…opened the season with a 0-0 tie at Sonoma State, then recorded a GNAC record 24-game winning streak en route to the school’s 10th national championship…advanced to the program’s third Final Four over the last four seasons…won record fifth consecutive GNAC regular-season championship with a perfect 12-0-0 record and won third GNAC Tournament title…advanced to fifth consecutive NCAA II Tournament, posting a 100-9-7 record (.892) over this stretch, the second-best mark in Division II behind GVSU (112-7-8/.913)…finished the season ranked No. 1 in the NSCAA poll.

OFFENSIVE JUGGERNAUT …the Vikings feature three of the top four point scorers in the GNAC, with Gabriela Pelogi (2nd, 22 points – 9 goals, 4 assists), Karli White (3rd, 17 points – 6 goals, 5 assists) and Liv Larson (4th, 15 points – 5 goals, 5 assists) accounting for 54 of WWU’s 96 points this season…9 players have scored at least one goal, and 6 with multiple goals this season.

LAST WEEK…continued perfect start to the season going 2-0 last week in GNAC play, with road wins over Central Washington (2-0) and Montana State Billings (1-0)…Sophie Butterfield scored her second career goal that gave the Vikings the only score they would need in the win at Central, and Talia Daigle scored the lone goal in the 1-0 win at MSUB…Taylor Hallquist earned GNAC Defensive Player of the Week honors for helping lift the Vikings to the two shutouts, playing all 180 minutes in the field.

GNAC TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS…the Vikings won their record fifth consecutive GNAC regular-season championship and second straight GNAC Tournament in 2016…finished the conference slate with a perfect 12-0-0 record and breezed through the tournament with wins over Simon Fraser (3-0) and Seattle Pacific (3-1)…the conference final was moved to Bellingham after fog made the game unplayable at Terry Fox Field in Burnaby, BC…WWU remained undefeated in GNAC Tournament play at 8-0-2, playing in the championship game each season since the inaugural game in 2012…WWU and SPU have met in all five of the GNAC Championships Finals, with Western winning three titles and SPU the other two (both on PK shootouts)…this year’s championship will be hosted by Concordia University at Tuominen Yard in Portland (Nov. 2-4).

HAT TRICKGabriela Pelogi scored three goals at Holy Names (9/2) for her first career hat trick…marked the fifth hat trick by a WWU player during the GNAC era (since 2001) and the second 7-point performance by a Viking in the last 20 seasons…the 7-point effort matched the best individual performance by a Viking during the GNAC era (since 2001), matching Lucy Miller’s 3-goal, assist game on Oct. 11, 2008 at Northwest Nazarene…here is a list of WWU hat tricks since 2001:

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