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Nov. 7, 2017

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THIS WEEK IN WWU WOMEN’S SOCCER

NCAA II Championships 1st and 2nd Rounds  8  Bellingham, WA 8  Harrington Field

Thursday, November 9  8  First Round

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#3 Sonoma State vs. #6 California Baptist    1 pm

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Saturday, November 11  8  Second Round

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#2 Western Washington vs. Winner SSU/CBU    1 pm

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ABOUT THE VIKINGS…the Vikings head into the postseason with a 17-1-0 overall record and are ranked No. 7 in the final regular-season United Soccer Coaches Division II poll…WWU won its third consecutive, and fourth overall, GNAC Championships title to advance to the NCAA Championships for the sixth consecutive season…WWU has won 41 of its last 42 games.

2017 RECORD BREAKDOWN

Overall Record

17-1-0

Home

5-1-0

Away

12-0-0

Postseason

2-0-0

GNAC Record

11-1-0 (2nd)

By Kit

White

3-0-0

White/Navy

1-0-0

Navy

6-0-0

Black

5-0-0

Light Blue

2-1-0

POSTSEASON HISTORY…the Vikings are making their sixth consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships and overall eighth in program history…own an all-time 14-6 record in NCAA Championships play, including a 5-0 record during last season’s national championship run…Vikings are the NCAA II defending national champions after winning the program’s first national championship with a 3-2 win over Grand Valley State last December…WWU will serve as a first and second round host for the fifth consecutive season…here is a listing of WWU’s game-by-game in NCAA Championships history:

2006 (0-1):
Lost to UC San Diego, 4-0

2008 (1-1):
Defeated Cal State Dom. Hills, 1-0
Lost to Seattle Pacific, 1-0 (OT)

2012 (2-1):
Defeated Cal Poly Pomona, 2-1 (OT)
Defeated Sonoma State, 2-1 (OT)
Lost to UC San Diego, 2-1 (OT)

2013 (3-1):
Defeated Seattle Pacific, 2-0
Defeated Cal State San Bernardino, 1-0
Defeated St. Edward’s 2-0
Lost to West Florida, 2-1 (OT) – NCAA II Semifinal

2014 (0-1):
Lost to Cal State Stanislaus, 1-0

2015 (3-1):
Defeated Seattle Pacific, 1-0
Defeated Azusa Pacific, 1-0
Defeated Dallas Baptist, 3-1
Lost to Grand Valley State, 3-2 – NCAA II Semifinal

2016 (5-0):
Defeated Central Washington, 2-0
Defeated UC San Diego, 2-1 (OT)
Defeated Colorado Mines, 5-1
Defeated Kutztown, 3-0
Defeated Grand Valley State, 3-2 – NCAA II National Champions

THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP…the NCAA Division II Tournament is a single-elimination playoff starting with a 48-team field divided into eight, six-team regions…the 2017 NCAA Final Four will be held Nov. 30 and Dec. 2 at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Mo., the training facility of the MLS Sporting Kansas City…WWU has advanced to the NCAA II Final Four in three of last four seasons.

REGIONAL FIELD…the Bellingham West Regional pod features No. 2-seed Western Washington (17-1-0), No. 3-seed Sonoma State (14-4-1) and No. 6-seed California Baptist (11-4-3)…WWU (#7) and Sonoma State (#25) are ranked in the last regular-season edition of the United Soccer Coaches Top 25 poll…the winner of the three-team sub-regional will face the winner of the San Diego sub-regional featuring No. 1-seed UC San Diego (15-2-2), No. 4-seed Chico State (11-5-2) and No. 5-seed Concordia (15-3-1), that will be held Friday and Sunday (2 pm games)…the winners of the Bellingham and La Jolla brackets will advance to the West Regional Championship next week, with the highest remaining West Region seed serving as host…the West Region champion advances to the national quarterfinals at the same venue facing the South Central regional winner…the complete NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer bracket can be viewed online on NCAA.com.

GNAC CHAMPIONSHIPS…the Vikings made it a three-peat winning last week’s GNAC Championships for the third consecutive season to earn the leagues’ automatic bid to the NCAA Championships…advanced to the championships final with a 2-0 win over Seattle Pacific and claimed the title on a golden goal in the second overtime, 1-0, against No. 1-seed and host Concordia…WWU has advanced to the league championships final in each of the six years of the event, building an undefeated 10-0-2 record in championships play, with titles in 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017…Karli White was named the GNAC Championships MVP, generating 11 shots and scoring one goal in two games.

THE NATIONAL RANKINGS…WWU enters the postseason ranked No. 7 in the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division II poll…moved up 5 spots from No. 12 last week…held the top spot in the rankings for the first five weeks of the season, after finishing the 2016 season No. 1 in the nation.

GNAC AWARDS…led by four first-team selections, the Vikings placed a league-high nine players on the 2017 Great Northwest Athletic Conference All-League team…WWU’s nine selections included four first-teamers, one second-team selection and four that earned honorable mention honors…Karli White was named the GNAC Newcomer of the Year…here are WWU’s All-GNAC players:

WINNING STREAK SNAPPED…the Vikings had their program and conference record 39-game winning streak snapped Oct. 28 in a 2-0 home loss to Concordia…the 39-game winning streak enters the record book as the 4th-longest in NCAA Division II history, and the 40-game unbeaten streak tied for 4th-longest…WWU went 695 days between defeats, Dec. 3, 2015-Oct. 28, 2017.

GNAC ACADEMIC…a program record eight players were named to the 2017 GNAC All-Academic team, honoring student-athletes with a cumulative GPA at or above 3.20…Emily Webster (3 times) and Sierra Shugarts (2 times) have earned the award multiple times during their careers.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

0.330
WWU’s goals against average (6 goals allowed) to rank 3rd in NCAA II.

0.55
Goals per game in the career of Gabriela Pelogi (36 goals, 66 games), the 6th-highest mark by a player in GNAC history (since ’01).

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

6
WWU is making its 6th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championships

#7
WWU’s current national ranking in the United Soccer Coaches Division II poll.

9
WWU placed a league-high 9 players on the 2017 GNAC All-Conference team.

13
Shutouts recorded by the Vikings this season, tied for 5th among all Division II teams.

15
Goals by Gabriela Pelogi to rank 18th in NCAA Division II, T6th in WWU single-season.

24
Shutouts recorded by Ashley Homer in 42 games at WWU, 3rd-most in WWU history and 5th in GNAC history…owns a career 40-1-1 record in net with the Vikings.

24
Career assists by Emily Webster, 5th-most in WWU history and T12th in GNAC history.

36
Points by Gabriela Pelogi lead the GNAC and rank 16th in NCAA Division II.

38-2-1
All-time record at Harrington Field.

39
WWU had its 39-game winning streak snapped 10/28 , the 4th-longest winning streak in NCAA II history…won 41 of last 42 games.

98-6-7
WWU’s record since the start of the 2013 season (.9144), is the 2nd-best winning percentage among DII teams during this time.

ROAD WARRIORS…WWU has built a 17-1-0 record behind a perfect 12-0-0 record on the road this season…the program has racked up over 5,500 airlines miles and over a thousand via bus this season, while extending its unbeaten streak on the road to 24 consecutive matches (23-0-1).

WWU HISTORY…the Vikings established a program and state of Washington collegiate record with their 39th consecutive victory on Oct. 26, 2017 at Northwest Nazarene…the 39-game winning streak broke the previous record of 38 consecutive wins set by the 1982-84 Vikings under head coach Dominic Garguile (10 games in 1982, 14 in 1983 and 14 games in 1984).

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • National Champions – Won program’s first national championship with a 24-0-1 record in 2016.
  • Shutouts – WWU leads the GNAC and is tied for 5th in NCAA II with 13 shutouts this season.
  • Goals Against Average – WWU is 3rd in NCAA II with a 0.330 goals against average (6 goals allowed).
  • West Region Dominance – WWU is 50-1-2 over its last 53 games vs. NCAA II West Region opponents.
  • She’s a Regular Emily Webster has appeared in 88 career games (82 starts), T3rd in WWU history.
  • Difference Maker Karli White is 2nd on the team with 26 points, scoring 9 goals with 8 assists…among GNAC leaders is 4th in goals, 3rd in points and 2nd in assists.
  • It Finally Happened – WWU’s 39-game winning streak was snapped with a 2-0 loss 10/28 vs. Concordia.
  • Harrington Field – WWU is 38-2-1 all-time at Harrington Field since the on-campus facility opened in 2014.
  • Coach Connell – WWU head coach Travis Connell is in his 15th season leading the program (22nd overall at WWU)…all-time record of 219-65-26 (.748) and six-time GNAC Coach of the Year (2006, 2008, 2013-16).

PELOGI’S POINTSGabriela Pelogi heads into the NCAA Championships with 16 goals and 36 points, both tops among GNAC players…First Team All-GNAC selection scored the game-winning golden goal in the GNAC Championships final vs. Concordia…marked the third consecutive season to score the game-winning goal in the GNAC title game…ranks 18th in NCAA II in goals and 16th in points…36 career goals and 90 points are both 6th-best in WWU history, with 15 goals tying for 6th-most in WWU single-season history…10th in GNAC history in both goals and points for a career.

EVERYDAY EMILYEmily Webster has appeared in every game of her WWU career, tying for 3rd in program history with 88 career games played…made 82 starts, including string of 77 consecutive heading into her fourth consecutive postseason…is 5th in WWU history with 24 career assists.

DOMINATING DEFENSE…Vikings have recorded 13 shutouts this season to lead the GNAC and tie for 5th in NCAA II…had 7-game shutout streak snapped Oct. 26 at Northwest Nazarene, but still recorded a clean sheet in 9 of last 11 games…allowed only 6 goals all season to rank 3rd in NCAA II with 0.330 goals against average…has held opponents to 33 shots on goal all season…here is where WWU ranks among NCAA Division II statistical leaders heading into the championships:

NCAA II TEAM STAT RANKINGS – WWU

Stat

Rank

Value

Scoring Offense

9th

2.94

Total Goals

T13th

53

Goals-Against Average

3rd

0.330

Shutout Percentage

5th

0.722

Save Pct

73rd

0.818

Won-Lost-Tied Percentage

3rd

0.944

Points Per Game

6th

8.83

Assists Per Game

4th

2.94

Saves Per Game

257th

1.50

Total Points

6th

159

Total Assists

5th

53

HOMER’S ODYSSEY…goalkeeper Ashley Homer has recorded 24 shutouts in 42 career games in her two seasons with WWU, 3rd-best in program history…has a 40-1-1 record in goal and a 0.35 goals against average (best in WWU history)…adding in her two seasons at College of Saint Rose (2013-14), Homer has recorded 40 shutouts in 67 career starts (59.7%) and is 3rd among active DII goalies in shutouts…0.35 career goals against average is tops among active DII goalies…did not allow a goal in 1034:41 consecutive minutes Sept. 2-Oct. 26, breaking the WWU (Jamie Arthurs, 919:29) and GNAC (Maddie Dickinson, SPU, 1012:12) records.

THE CAPTAINSierra Shugarts is back at full strength starting each of the last 11 matches after missing the first four games of the season with a foot injury…Shugarts was the 2016 GNAC Player of the Year and the NCAA Division II National Player of the Year…she has appeared in 82 career games, making 61 starts…she scored her first goal of the season (5th of career) at Simon Fraser.

SCORING MACHINE…WWU is 6th in NCAA II with 8.83 points per game (Columbus State, 12.11), and is 9th in scoring offense with 2.94 goals per game (Columbus State, 4.33)…also 5th in NCAA II with 53 assists (2.94/game) and 13th in total goals (53)…held scoreless in 2-0 Oct. 28 vs. Concordia, snapping a string of 45 consecutive GNAC games scoring at least one goal.

CHARTING SUCCESS…dating back to the start of the 2013 season (the last five seasons), WWU women’s soccer has compiled an impressive 98-6-7 record for a .9144 winning percentage...during this 111-game span WWU has won the GNAC regular-season four times, combining to go 58-2-4 (.938) in GNAC play, and won three postseason GNAC Championships…amongst all Division II schools, the winning percentage since the start of the 2013 season is 2nd-best in Division II, narrowly trailing Grand Valley State (110-8-5/.9146).

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.

Grand Valley State

24

0

1

22

2

2

23

1

1

23

2

1

18

3

0

110

8

5

.9146

Western Wash.

20

2

1

16

1

4

21

2

1

24

0

1

17

1

0

98

6

7

.9144

Central Mo.

14

4

2

21

1

2

21

2

1

21

2

0

21

0

0

98

9

5

.8973

Minn. St. Mankato

17

3

2

22

1

0

18

2

2

16

3

3

17

2

2

90

11

9

.8591

Columbus State

15

6

1

20

2

1

22

3

1

21

3

0

15

3

0

93

17

3

.8363

Colorado Mines

19

1

1

16

2

6

15

5

2

20

3

1

15

3

1

85

14

11

.8227

Saint Rose

20

1

2

21

1

3

15

3

4

11

7

0

12

4

2

79

16

11

.7972

West Chester

13

8

0

17

3

2

14

4

1

19

1

1

16

3

1

79

19

5

.7913

West Va. Wesleyan

13

4

2

13

5

3

17

1

3

12

3

3

17

2

1

72

15

12

.7879

Notre Dame (OH)

16

2

0

14

3

2

13

5

1

14

2

4

13

4

2

70

16

9

.7842

SERIES HISTORY…here is a look at how WWU has fared against Sonoma State and Cal Baptist:

  • Sonoma State → WWU is 6-8-1 all-time vs. Sonoma State, but is 6-1-1 in last 8 meetings…from 1985-2004, WWU was 0-7 vs. the Seawolves…matched up once against SSU in the postseason, beating the host Seawolves in the West Region Semifinal, 2-1 in double overtime on Nov. 11, 2012 on a golden goal by Kristin Maris in the 103rd minute…WWU and SSU played to a 0-0 tie on Sept. 1, 2016 in the last meeting, the only non-win for WWU in the 24-0-1 national championship season.
  • California Baptist → WWU is 2-0-0 all-time vs. Cal Baptist, with 1-0 victories in 2014 and 2015.

DOMINATING THE GNAC…the Vikings had a 64-game unbeaten streak vs. GNAC opponents snapped 10/28 vs. Concordia…went 58-0-6 from October 2013-October 2017, with the unbeaten streak vs. conference teams ranking 2nd-longest in NCAA Division II history (record is 72).

STREAKING (NO MORE) AT HARRINGTON…the Vikings had its streak 30 consecutive home victories (including postseason) snapped Oct. 28 vs. Concordia…the home winning streak enters the NCAA II record books tied for the 7th-longest in NCAA II history…were 12-0-0 in 2015, 13-0-0 last season and 5-1-0 in 2017 at Harrington Field…overall owns a 38-2-1 record at Harrington Field.

SENIORS…the WWU program celebrated its five seniors in the last regular-season home game of the season Oct. 28 vs. Concordia…Sierra Shugarts, Ashley Homer, Malia Maack, Colleen Lindsay and Emily Webster have helped build a legacy for the program that has seen the class combine to go 78-4-6 (.920) over the last four seasons.

PELOGI TABBED AS PLAYER OF THE WEEK (AGAIN)Gabriela Pelogi was named the GNAC Offensive Player of the Week for Oct. 16-22, highlighted by her hat trick in the 6-0 win over Central Washington…was the third time this season and fifth of Pelogi’s WWU career to earn GNAC Player of the Week honors…Ashley Homer (Defense, Sept. 4-10), Gabriela Pelogi (Offense, Aug. 28-Sept. 3; Sept. 18-24; Oct. 16-22), Annaliese Laurila (Defense, Aug. 28-Sept. 3), Karli White (Offense, Sept. 11-17) and Taylor Hallquist (Sept. 25-Oct. 1) also earned GNAC weekly awards during the season…White was also named the GNAC Tournament MVP.

HAT TRICKSGabriela Pelogi has a pair of hat trick this season, scoring 3 goals each against Holy Names (9/2) and Central Washington (10/21)…are the fifth and sixth hat tricks by a WWU player during the GNAC era (since 2001)…7-point performance vs. Holy Names is the second by a WWU player dating back to 2001…here is a list of WWU hat tricks since 2001:

THE MORE YOU KNOW

  • GNAC Championships MVP Karli White was named the 2017 GNAC Championships MVP, the fourth Viking to earn the award in the six-year history of the event…joins Kristin Maris (2012), Caitlyn Jobanek (2015) and Gabriela Pelogi (2016) as WWU players to earn the honor as top player in the postseason tournament.
  • Postseason Record – WWU owns a 14-6 all-time record (.700) in 8 trips to the NCAA Championships.
  • Winning – WWU has recorded 14 consecutive winning seasons, combining to go 213-52-25 (.778) since the start of the 2004 season (132-29-17/.789 in GNAC play)…entered the season tied for the 18th-longest streak of winning seasons NCAA II history…program owns an all-time record of 446-203-58 (.672).
  • Freshmen Goals – WWU has received 15 of 53 goals from true freshmen this season (Eversaul-5, Daigle-4, Doyle-3, Butterfield-2, Milburn-1).
  • Spreading the Wealth – 13 players have scored a goal for WWU this season (53 goals lead the GNAC, 13th in NCAA II)…during last season’s national championship campaign, 19 players scored a goal (12 with 2+).
  • Player of the Year Sierra Shugarts was named the Division II National Player of the Year in 2016.
  • Homegrown – 26 of 31 players on the WWU roster (83.9%) hail from the state of Washington.

GNAC STANDINGS…here is a look at the final 2017 GNAC regular-season standings:

WOMEN'S SOCCER

CONF

PTS

OVERALL

PCT

HOME

AWAY

NEUTRAL

STREAK

Concordia *+

11-0-1

34

15-3-1

.816

9-2-0

6-0-1

0-1-0

Lost 1

Western Washington *$

11-1-0

33

17-1-0

.944

5-1-0

11-0-0

1-0-0

Won 2

Seattle Pacific *

8-4-0

24

10-7-0

.588

6-1-0

4-5-0

0-1-0

Lost 1

Northwest Nazarene *

8-4-0

24

11-7-0

.611

7-2-0

4-5-0

0-0-0

Lost 1

Simon Fraser

5-7-0

15

7-9-0

.438

4-5-0

3-4-0

0-0-0

Lost 1

Western Oregon

2-8-2

8

3-11-2

.250

1-6-1

2-5-1

0-0-0

Won 1

Montana State Billings

2-8-2

8

3-12-2

.235

2-5-1

1-6-1

0-1-0

Lost 2

Saint Martin's

2-9-1

7

2-14-1

.147

0-7-1

2-7-0

0-0-0

Lost 2

Central Washington

1-9-2

5

2-11-3

.219

1-5-2

1-6-1

0-0-0

Won 1

+regular season champion; *clinched berth in GNAC Championships; $ GNAC Championships winner

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…finished the season ranked No. 1 in the NSCAA poll.

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