SEATTLE (Nov. 5) - Megan Lienhard's goal 12
minutes into sudden death overtime lifted Seattle Pacific
University to a 2-1 victory over Seattle University, clinching the
Great Northwest Athletic Conference championship for the Falcons
in just their second year of existence, Tuesday afternoon at
Lienhard (Fr., Everett, Wa./Cascade), who
scored both SPU goals, took a left wing pass from Shannon Lovejoy
(Fr., Seattle, Wa./Seattle Prep) and struck a 12-yard shot inside
the left post at 101:56. It was her ninth goal of the year.
Seattle Pacific finished the regular season by
winning its final nine games and going unbeaten (10-0-1) in 11.
It's last loss was to Seattle U., 2-1, on Sept. 25. The Falcons
finished 9-3-0 in GNAC games and 13-4-2 overall. They have a
remote chance of making the NCAA Division II tournament, which
begins next week.
The Redhawks (7-4-1/11-7-1) would have earned a
co-championship with Western Oregon with a victory. SPU, which had
been winless in three previous meetings with their crosstown
rivals, needed a tie for a share of the title.
Lienhard had staked her team to a lead early in
the second half, finding the net from 8 yards following a cross
from LeRin Farrison (Sr., Seattle/Mountain View) and a header
across the goalmouth by Katy Nydam (Fr., Oak Harbor, Wa.).
Seattle U. was thwarted by the crossbar, a
reaction save by Erin Pierce and then a lunging kick-save on the
goal line by defender Katie Lim, but the Redhawks still managed to
tie the game at 1-1 on Jordan Bielers's header in the 79th minute.
That snapped a string of 398 scoreless minutes over five games.
In the first overtime period, Lovejoy was
stopped on the goal line by SU goalie Emily Schifferling and
shortly thereafter a long-range shot by Farrison caromed off the
crossbar. SPU was out-shot 22-12 but Pierce made five saves and
Jennifer Hull, who played the scoreless first half, had two.
1, SPU, Lienhard (Farrison, Nydam) 53:18;
2, SU, Bieler (Martinello) 78:52;
3, SPU, Lienhard (Lovejoy) 101:56.
Shots-SPU 12, SU 22.
Saves-SPU (Hull 2/Pierce 5) 7, SU
Corner kicks-SPU 2, SU 2.
Fouls-SPU 18, SU 16.
Offside-SPU 1, SU 0.