Saturday, November 12, 2016
SEATTLE (Nov. 10) - Seattle University women’s soccer plays at UCLA in an NCAA Tournament first-round match on Friday, Nov. 11. The contest is slated for a 7 p.m. start at Drake Stadium.
SU (14-5-1) won the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Championship last weekend, claiming its third WAC title in the last four seasons. The Redhawks also won their fourth straight WAC regular season crown.
UCLA earned a four seed in the region. The Bruins won the 2013 NCAA Championship and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals the following year, before missing NCAAs in 2015.
Coach Julie Woodward, in her 20th season at SU, has guided the Redhawks to their third NCAA Tournament appearance in the last four years. Seattle U is 1-1-1 in NCAA competition, including a double-overtime win at Washington State in 2014. Current senior Natasha Howe scored the game-winning goal for the Redhawks in that victory.
In 2016, Brie Hooks and Stephanie Spiekerman lead the way for SU. Hooks, a senior, was named WAC Offensive Player of the Year, while Spiekerman won the conference’s defensive player of the year honor. Hooks led the Redhawks with 18 points this season, including four game-winning goals. Spiekerman anchored a stingy defense that allowed just seven goals in league action.
Howe and Karli White joined Hooks and Spiekerman on the All-WAC First Team. Rosalie Sittauer earned All-WAC Second Team recognition. Howe put up seven goals, tying Hooks for the team lead. The senior was selected WAC Tournament MVP after she scored in the semifinals and then assisted on Jessie Ray’s game-winner in the title contest.
White contributed six goals and three assists, while Sittauer keyed Seattle U’s midfield.
For UCLA, Jessie Fleming paces the team with 10 goals. Darian Jenkins recorded seven goals and three assists and Anika Rodriguez dished out eight helpers. Fleming picked up All-Pac-12 First Team honors and Jenkins earned second team accolades.