SEATTLE, Wa. (Oct. 8)Shannon Lovejoys
header in the first period of overtime lifted the 10th-ranked
Seattle Pacific University womens soccer team to its second
consecutive Great Northwest Athletic Conference title 2-1 OT, over
Seattle University Saturday afternoon at Championship Field.
The victory pushed the Falcons (11-0-1/17-1-2)
to a school record unbeaten streak of 17 games. Seattle Pacific
has won its last ten matches in a row and has not lost a
conference game in its last19 tries.
We worked so hard during the
summer and showed up every single game of this season to play and
thats why were 17-1-2 said SPU Head Coach Chuck
Sekyra. It feels great to be champs.
Lovejoys strike off a Jessica Henson
(Jr., Spokane, Wa./University) corner kick, ended the match at
95:35. Henson lofted the ball from the left corner to the six-yard
line where Lovejoy beat several defenders and SU keeper Kelly
Stewart to the low right corner of the net. Lovejoy has 16 scores
on the season, a school record, and has struck net in each of the
last seven games.
Senior sweeper Nicole Ruiz (Federal Way,
Wa./Federal Way-Barry) opened up scoring in the match at 29:03 on
a free kick from 45-yards out on the left side. The Redhawks
answered at 61:50 when Andrea Gutierrez took a through-ball from
Jordan Bieler and put it to the right post.
The match was played evenly throughout. SU out
shot the Falcons 13-8, but SPU earned nine corner kicks to the
Talk about heart and effort,
Seattle U really played us out, said Sekyra. Honestly, the
toughest two games we have played this year were the two against
Seattle University ended Falcon keeper Jennifer
Hulls (Jr., Eugene, Or./Sheldon) conference scoreless streak
in the match. The junior goalie allowed just one goal during
conference play and ranks among national leaders in goals-against
average and shutouts (12). Hull and Stewart, made one save each in
The Falcons await the NCAA Tournament Pairings
to be announced on Monday (Nov. 10). SPU is expected to be among
four teams from the Far West Region earning playoff bids at a site
to be announced with games beginning Thursday, Nov. 13. No
Northwest team has reached the NCAA playoffs previously.
1) SPU, Ruiz (unassisted) 29:03;
2) SU, Gutierrez (Bieler) 61:50;
3) SPU Lovejoy (Henson) 95:35.
SHOTS: SU 13, SPU 8.
CORNER KICKS: SPU 9, SU 5.
SAVES: SPU (Hull 1), SU (Stewart 1).
FOULS: SU 9, SPU 14.