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WWU soccer, volleyball & cross country recap

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WWU soccer, volleyball & cross country recap

Women’s soccer

SEATTLE, Wash. - Western Washington University scored in the dying seconds of the second half to force overtime, but fell in a penalty kick shootout to Seattle Pacific University, 1-1 (4-1), on Saturday in the championship game of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Tournament at the Starfire Sports Complex.

The result is officially recorded as a tie, putting WWU, ranked No.10 nationally in this week’s National Soccer Coaches Association of America/NCAA Division II Top 25, at 17-1-1. The Vikings won the GNAC regular-season title with 13-1-0 record.

SPU, which fell to WWU twice during the regular season, is now 14-5-1. The shootout triumph gives the Falcons an automatic berth in the NCAA II National Tournament, which begins Thursday. The full tournament field will be announced Monday at 4:30 p.m.

The Vikings, who are No.2 in the West Region rankings, are still likely to host a sub-regional of the national tournament.

The Vikings had defeated SPU, 2-1, at Bellingham on Oct. 3, and again 2-1, at Seattle, on Oct. 12.

Men’s soccer

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Tye Hastings (Jr., Mill Creek/Jackson ) and Andrew Weishaar (Sr., Puyallup) each had a goal and an assist as Western Washington University scored three times in the first 14 minutes to stun nationaly ranked Simon Fraser University, 3-0, on Saturday in a regular-season concluding Great Northwest Conference men’s soccer contest at Orca Field on the Whatcom CC campus.

The triumph is the sixth in the last seven games for the Vikings, who conclude the regular season 11-4-3 overall and 9-2-3 in the GNAC and still have a slim chance of earning a first-ever berth in the NCAA Division II National Tournament.

SFU, ranked No.2 in this week’s National Soccer Coaches Association of America/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, fell to 15-2-1 overall. The Clan, now 11-2-1 in the GNAC, had already clinched the conference championship.

The triumph is WWU’s first over SFU since 2008. The Clan had won eight of the last nine meetings, with one match tied.

Volleyball

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Four players had seven or more kills as nationally ranked Western Washington University swept Saint Martin’s University, 25-14, 25-13, 25-22, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball match at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.

The three-game victory was the 17th this season for the Vikings, ranked No.10 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll. They improved to 19-3 overall and remained tied for first with Alaska Anchorage in the conference standings at 12-2.

Saint Martin’s, which suffered its sixth straight loss, fell to 7-19 overall and 3-11 in GNAC play.

The victory was the 30th straight for WWU over the Saints. The Vikings upped their series advantage to 51-5.

The Vikings travel to Alaska Anchorage on Thursday, Nov. 14 (7 p.m.) for a GNAC contest.

Cross Country

SPOKANE, Wash. - Both Western Washington University cross country teams qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championships as the men placed fourth and the women fifth at the West Regional held Saturday morning at the Plantes Ferry Sports Complex.

The top five teams in both divisions qualified for nationals, which take place Nov. 23 on the same site as regionals.

The WWU men, ranked third regionally and No.16 nationally coming in, had to do it without their No.2 runner Tanner Boyd (Sr., Camas), who dropped out midway through the 10-kilometer distance with a heel injury.

Despite that, the Vikings finished just 12 points behind third-place Cal Poly Pomona and 48 points ahead of fifth-place Cal Baptist. Chico State won for the second straight year and for the 10th time in the last 12 years with 33 points. Alaska Anchorage was second with 81 points.

The WWU women, ranked eighth regionally entering the meet, finished with 157 points, 90 better than sixth-place Cal State Stanislaus and just 20 behind fourth-place Seattle Pacific. Alaska Anchorage won for the third time in four years with 76 points, just three better than defending champion Chico State. Simon Fraser was third at 94.

The men were led by Chip Jackson (Sr., Shoreline/Shorewood), who placed fourth with a time of 31:43. He earned region all-star honors for the second straight year by placing among the top 25.

The WWU men are going to nationals for the seventh straight time, and the Viking women will be making their fourth appearance in six years.

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