Seattle U women’s soccer at Grand Canyon

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October 10, 2013, SEATTLE (ISN) – Redhawks Travels to Grand Canyon for Single Game: Seattle University women’s soccer (8-2-2, 5-0-0 WAC), sitting on top of league standings, ride a six-game winning streak and five straight shutouts into this weekend’s conference match at Grand Canyon (2-9-1, 1-4-1 WAC).

The Redhawks face a single opponent this weekend before returning home for their first game “under the lights” as they host Utah Valley on Friday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. Brianna Smallidge was named WAC Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 30-Oct. 6, marking the third straight week that the Redhawks have earned at least one WAC nod (six total on the season). 

Redhawks Sit Atop WAC Standings: After three weekends of conference play, Seattle U sits atop league standings with a perfect 5-0-0 WAC record.

Regional Rankings: After moving into the top 10 in last week’s poll, the Redhawks remain in the 10 spot in the Oct. 8 edition of the NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Women’s West Regional Poll.

Smallidge Named WAC Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 30-Oct. 6): Brianna Smallidge was named the Western Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week, her second honor of the season and her career (also named for week of Aug. 26-Sept. 1, 2013). Marking the third straight week in which SU has received at least one honoree, Smallidge brings the Redhawks’ 2013 total to six. Smallidge recorded all 180 minutes in goal in the Redhawks’ pair of 2-0 shutout victories at Bakersfield and Utah Valley. She registered nine total saves in the two matches, five on Friday and four on Sunday, and a perfect 1.000 save percentage. These matches marked four complete shutouts for Smallidge thus far in 2013. Smallidge was also named WAC Women’s Soccer Player of the Week by College Sports Madness.

Let There Be Light: Championship Field, the home of Seattle U men’s and women’s soccer, recently received a significant enhancement in the form of lights. The women’s soccer program’s first ever match “under the lights” falls on Friday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. vs. Utah Valley.

Utah Valley (10/6): Seattle University women’s soccer (8-2-2, 5-0-0) completed their perfect weekend with a 2-0 shutout at Utah Valley (5-7-0, 3-2-0 WAC) in Western Athletic Conference play. This is the team’s fifth straight shutout and sixth straight win. The Redhawks struck early and often, outshooting the Wolverines 5-1 in the first ten minutes of play. In the 38th minute, SU broke through as Stephanie Verdoia headed the ball in from eight yards out off a cross by Julia Moravec. Jacqui Wallis was also credited with an assist on the play. Utah Valley threatened to equalize the score, with four shots to Seattle U’s two in the first 15 minutes of the second half, but the Redhawks again broke through with an insurance goal. Natasha Howe secured the Seattle U win in the 77th minute as she scored off a cross from Mary Hill as the ball volleyed off the crossbar and into the goal. Ava Ames led the Redhawks with six shots, one on goal, while Verdoia added five shots and a goal. As a team, SU outshot UVU, 20-14. In goal, Brianna Smallidge recorded four saves in the shutout victory for Seattle U while Utah Valley’s Lauren Sack allowed two goals, making three saves. Since allowing Grand Canyon to score a goal in the first half of their match on Sept. 20, the Redhawks have now scored 17 straight unanswered goals.

Bakersfield (10/4): Seattle University women’s soccer extended their winning streak to five games, recording their fourth straight shutout, as they defeated Bakersfield, 2-0, in a Western Athletic Conference contest. As Utah Valley fell at Idaho, 1-0, earlier this evening, Seattle U takes sole possession of first place in the conference standings. In the 12th minute, Taylor Ritzman scored what would be the game-winning goal off a run from seven yards out. Stephanie Verdoia recorded the assist. Verdoia would take two more shots, both on either side of the goal, while Natasha Howe would add a shot of her own, to close out the first half as the Redhawks held on to a 1-0 lead. Verdoia scored a goal of her own, her seventh of the season, in the 50th minute, assisted by Kat Prati, to insure the 2-0 Redhawk win. Verdoia led the Redhawks with five shots, two on goal, as SU outshot CSUB, 14-7, as a team. Ritzman recorded two shots while seven other Redhawks each took one shot apiece. In goal, Brianna Smallidge recorded five saves in the shutout victory while Tori Ornela also recorded five saves for Bakersfield.

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