Seattle University defeated No. 1 (WAC) Kansas City 1-0 for the WAC title on Nov. 4. After the win, Seattle U awaited in anticipation to know their opponent for the first round of the NCAA tournament. On Monday, Seattle U was paired to play against Stanford, the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament.
Against UMKC in the final, Seattle U dominated early on but was not finding the net after several corner kicks. UMKC battled back towards the end of the first half but was also unable to add goals to the scoreboard.
At the 41st mark, Mikaela Morey drew a foul to set up a penalty for Seattle U. Kelsey Vogel was the one to put the ball in the lower left corner of the net to grant the lead for the Redhawks. The game would inevitably finish at that score and the Redhawks won as a result.
Seattle U Women’s soccer has taken its fourth WAC title since 2013, all against UMKC.
Prior to the final, after defeating Utah Valley 2-0 away during the last game of regular season, Seattle U earned a first round bye beginning the tournament for the Redhawks. The women faced University of Texas Rio Grande Valley for the Semi-Finals in Utah.
Seattle U would take the victory in a shut out with an own goal at the 23- minute mark and a goal off the left post by Jessie Ray at the 83rd minute for the 2-0 final leaving them a spot against UMKC for the Championship.
In recognition of the AllTournament team, Isabelle Butterfield (F/Mid), Jessie Ray (F), and Hannah Carrothers (Def) were selected from Seattle U.
After earning plenty of clean sheets for Seattle U, goalkeeper- Ariana Romero earned the WAC Tournament MVP honors award. Romero also earned her second WAC Defensive Player of the Week award and also made a career high of 10 saves on Oct. 14 versus UTRGV.
Defenders Hannah Carrothers, and Rachel Bowler were awarded All-WAC first team. Isabelle Butterfield, Jessie Ray and Holly Rothering obtained All-WAC second team.
Seattle U went into the conference playoffs on a six-game winning streak. Also, finishing WAC play in second place, just short behind UMKC. The game against Utah Valley proved to be important as Seattle had to have won for the first-round bye the WAC tournament.
UMKC qualified for six players for All-League representatives, the most in the WAC. Seattle U followed, sending five players. UTRGV added four for All-WAC recognition.
Upcoming for the Redhawks, Stanford is 17-0-2 this year, winning the Pac-12 championship as well. They are also the defending 2017 NCAA Champions. The Redhawks will travel to No. 1 Stanford, in California, for the first round of the tournament.
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