Receiving the No. 1 seed, the Western Washington University women’s soccer team will host a sub-regional and earn a first-round bye for the 2014 NCAA Division II Championship Tournament, the field being announced on Monday, Nov. 10.
The Vikings will meet the winner of an opening-round game of the West Regional on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 1 p.m. at Harrington Field on the WWU campus.
The first-round contest between No. 4 seed Cal State Stanislaus (13-4-1) and No. 5 seed Seattle Pacific (12-4-3) takes place on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m.
In the other half of the regional, No. 3 seed Cal Poly Pomona (13-5-1) and No. 6 seed Point Loma (12-3-1) face off in an opening-round game, the winner advancing to meet No. 2 seed and host Cal State L.A. (16-1-3) at Los Angeles.
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The Vikings, 16-0-3 overall and ranked No. 12 in last week’s National Soccer Coaches Association of America/NCAA II Top 25, are making their third straight post-season appearance and sixth overall as a NCAA member. Last year, they won the West Regional and advanced to the national semifinals. In 2012, WWU lost in the regional final.
WWU, 8-0-1 at home this season, earned a regional berth after winning a third consecutive Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular-season title (11-0-3) and reaching the championship game at last week’s GNAC Tournament. The Vikings lost 5-4 in a penalty kick tiebreaker to Seattle Pacific after tying 1-1 in overtime in the championship game. In an opening-round game, they defeated Central Washington, 2-1.
WWU has allowed just six goals this season, one of them an own goal. The Vikings have outscored the opposition, 32-6. Their goals against average of 0.28 ranks fourth nationally and they are second in save percentage at 92.1 and fourth in shutout percentage at 0.70.
Leading the defense are seniors Kim Cooper, this year’s GNAC Defensive Player of the Year, and Brianna Jones, the 2013 GNAC Defender of the Year.
WWU’s attack is led by Catherine Miles, who has scored a team-leading eight goals, four of them game winners.