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Vikings fall to SPU in GNAC tourney title game decided by penalty kicks

For the second straight year a penalty kick shootout decided the championship game of the 3rd Annual Great Northwest Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Tournament, as after the two teams played to a 1-1 tie, Seattle Pacific University claimed a 5-4 triumph over Western Washington University on Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Starfire Complex.

The result is officially a tie, so the top-seeded Vikings, ranked No.12 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll and No.1 in the West Region, remain undefeated at 16-0-4.

SPU, the No.3 seed in the tourney, is now 12-4-3. The shootout triumph gives the Falcons the GNAC’s automatic berth in the NCAA Division II National Tournament. The full field will be announced Monday, Nov. 10, at 4 p.m. on NCAA.com. WWU is a virtual certainty to gain an at-large berth.

Both teams converted their first four penalty kicks. In the fifth round, SPU goalkeeper Alexa Hughes, who entered the contest for the shootout, dived to her right to save the attempt of WWU’s Stephanie Hamilton (Jr., Orting/Bellarmine Prep), and the Falcons’ Shayla Page then converted the decisive kick.