No. 2-Seed Vikings Open West Regional Play Saturday vs. Sonoma State

Nov. 10, 2017

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The Western Washington University women’s soccer team will open NCAA Division II Championships play on Saturday afternoon taking on Sonoma State University at 1 pm at Harrington Field on the WWU campus.
The defending national champion Vikings (17-1-0) earned a first-round bye as the No. 2 seed in the West Region, and will face the No. 3-seed Seawolves, who beat No. 6-seed California Baptist 1-0 in Bellingham on Thursday to advance to the second round.
The game will be streamed live online via WWUVikings.com/Live and also feature live statistical updates. Fans attending the game in person can purchase tickets at the Harrington Field Box Office starting at noon, with prices of $8 (adult) and $5 (senior/child).
The winner of Saturday’s WWU-SSU match will move on to face either No. 1-seed UC San Diego or No. 5-seed Concordia next week for the West Regional Championship. Concordia beat No. 4-seed Chico State 3-0 on Friday, setting up a match with UCSD on Sunday at 2 pm. The West Regional Championship match and NCAA II quarterfinal vs. the South Central Regional champion will meet on the campus of the highest remaining West Region seeded team next week.
The Vikings are making their sixth consecutive trip to the NCAA II Championships, and eighth in program history. WWU has hosted the first and second rounds of the West Regional in each of the last five seasons, and has advanced to the Division II Final Four in three of the last four seasons. Western is 14-6 all-time in NCAA Championships play, including a 5-0 record last season while winning the program’s first national championship.
“We are extremely honored to be hosting these games in Bellingham and excited for our community to witness this quality-level of college soccer,” added Connell. “We do not take for granted when we see the WWU letters flash up on that screen and I know our team is extremely proud to be playing these games at home.”
The Vikings head into the NCAA II Championships with an overall record of 17-1-0 and are 41-1-1 over the last two seasons. WWU had its 39-game winning streak snapped on Oct. 28 with a 2-0 home loss against Concordia, a mark that enters the record books as the longest in WWU history and the fourth-longest in Division II history. The 2017 record includes a 12-0-0 record away from Bellingham, and the Vikings carry a 23-game road winning streak (24-game unbeaten streak) into the postseason.
The Vikings and Seawolves have met 15 times, with Sonoma State leading the all-time series 8-6-1. The Vikings, however, have held the upper hand in the recent head-to-head series, going 6-1-1 in the last eight meetings. WWU and SSU played to a 0-0 tie to open the 2016 season in Sonoma, Calif., the only blemish on WWU’s 24-0-1 national championship season. The two teams have met once before in the NCAA Championships, with the Vikings winning the 2012 West Region semifinal 2-1 on a double-overtime golden goal by Kristin Maris in the 103rd minute.
WWU had nine players selected to the GNAC All-Conference team, led by four first-team selections. Junior forward Gabriela Pelogi (Federal Way, WA) is among the national leaders with 15 goals and 36 points, while junior forward Karli White (North Bend, WA/Mount Si/Seattle U.) was named the GNAC Newcomer of the Year and GNAC Championships MVP. The Vikings have allowed only six goals in 18 games this season (0.33 goals against average) and registered 13 shutouts.
About WWU Soccer:
The Western Washington University women’s soccer program has risen to the top of the Division II ranks, with a string of six consecutive appearances in the NCAA Championships and has advanced to the NCAA II Final Four in three of the last four seasons. The Vikings won the NCAA Division II National Championship in 2016 with an undefeated 24-0-1 record, beating three-time defending national champion Grand Valley State 3-2 in the title game. The program has claimed five of the last six Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular-season titles, going 70-4-4 (.923) in league play during this stretch, and has won the last three GNAC Championships titles (2005, 2016, 2017). Head coach Travis Connell is in his 15th season leading the program, and has led the Vikings to eight trips to the NCAA Championships and 14 consecutive winning seasons. Since the start of the 2013 season, WWU has built a 98-6-7 record (.914), the best record among all NCAA Division II programs during this five-season stretch.
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September 1, 2016
Rohnert Park, CA
No. 3 Vikings Play to 0-0 Tie at Sonoma State
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The No. 3 Vikings opened the season with a 0-0 tie in double overtime against No. 24 Sonoma State Thursday evening in a non-conference match in Rohnert Park, California.

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