Women's Soccer Weekly Report

Dec. 17, 2014 Contact: Nathan Webber 2014 Women’s Soccer Season in Review WESTERN WASHINGTON vikings Record: 16-1-4 overall, 11-0-3 conference Pre-season Coaches Poll: 1st (6 first-place votes) Conference Finish: 1st (36 points) Stat Leaders: Goals – Catherine Miles (8); Assits – Emily Webster (5); Saves – Ashley Haden (63) All-Conference Selections: First – Jessica Bertucci, Catherine Miles, Kim Cooper (Defensive Player of the Year), Brianna Jones; Second – Elise Aylward, Emily Webster, Ashley Haden; HM – Delanee Nilles, Katherine Miccile; Travis Connell co-Coach of the Year All-West Region Selections: Brianna Jones, Kim Cooper, Jessica Bertucci, Ashley Haden, Catherine Miles All-American: Brianna Jones Season Recap: Defense wins championships and no team proved that theory more this year than Western Washington. The Vikings allowed a low of four goals in GNAC play this year – one away from the conference record – and only surrendered seven goals all season on their way to an undefeated year and the regular season title. The Vikings are the fourth team in GNAC history to go undefeated in the regular season and in conference play. Also during the season the Vikings continued a streak of 59 straight games allowing one goal or less. In week nine, the Vikings defense ranked first in the country in goals-against average, save percentage and shutout percentage. Goalie Ashley Haden continually ranked in the top five in these categories individually as well. Western Washington also held the last two GNAC defenders of the year in Brianna Jones and Kim Cooper. The Vikings earned the No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament and a first round bye, but suffered its first official defeat of the season in the NCAA West Region semifinals. WWU ended the season ranked No. 17 in the NSCAA Coaches Top 25. Brianna Jones was named an All-American for the second straight year. MONTANA STATE BILLINGS yellowjackets Record: 11-4-2 overall, 9-3-2 conference Pre-season Coaches Poll: T-5th Conference Finish: T-2nd (29 points) Stat Leaders: Goals – Alisa Sagdahl (7); Assists – Alisa Sagdahl (5); Saves – Krystal Daniels (40) All-Conference Selections: First – Alisa Sagdahl, Haley McFarlane; Second – Katlyn Lokay, Kari Kastelic; HM – Chelsea Shuman, Jennifer Johnson; Wojtek Krakowiak co-Coach of the Year