Stephanie Hamilton scored with less than two minutes remaining in overtime, lifting the nationally ranked Western Washington University women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Cal Poly Pomona in the opening round of the West Regional of the NCAA Division II National Tournament on Friday, Nov. 9, in Rohnert Park, Calif.
The No. 5-seed Vikings, now 18-3-0, advance to the regional semifinals Sunday (1 p.m.) against Sonoma State, the No. 1 seed in the West Regional. WWU was ranked No. 23 nationally in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America/NCAA II Top 25 and Sonoma State is No.10.
Cal Poly Pomona, the No. 4 seed, completes its season 10-6-3. The loss snapped a school-record 11-match unbeaten streak for the Broncos.
Hamilton's goal came in the 109th minute as she finished with her left foot from the goal mouth after a long pass from Katherine Miccile was slightly deflected by a defender.
"We had a short corner, and it got knocked out to Miccile," said Hamilton, who scored her third goal of the season, in a news release. "I saw her look toward me, so I just tried to get there and get a foot on it."