Nov. 14, 2013
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -
Hannah Huesers scored in the 55th minute, lifting Seattle Pacific University to a 1-0 victory over Sonoma State University in a first-round game of the NCAA Division II National Women's Soccer Tournament on Thursday, Nov. 14, at Orca Field on the Whatcom CC campus.
The Falcons, the No.6 seed in the West Region, improved to 15-5-1, and advance to the second round Sat., Nov. 16, facing No.2 seed and host Western Washington University.
Sonoma State, the No.3 seed in the region, completes its season 13-5-3.
Huesers' goal came after a pass played forward into the penalty area by Kaylie Winston. Heusers stepped around a Seawolves defender who was attempting to shield the ball and scored on a tap-in from five yards out.
Sonoma State, which had a 16-9 advantage in shot attempts, nearly equalized four minutes later, as Kristal Luna's shot from 18 yards out rang off the left post.
From there, SPU goalkeeper Natalie Harold, who had nine saves, kept the Falcons in front. In an 11-minute span midway through the second half, Harold twice made diving saves off shots by Cara Curtin, then foiled a breakaway by diving out to smother the ball before Curtin could get off a shot.
WWU and SPU have already met three times this season. The Vikings claimed a pair of 2-1 victories during the regular season, but in the GNAC tournament championship game, the Falcons won a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw.