WAC TEAM-BY-TEAM NOTES
Bakersfield Roadrunners (0-2-0, 0-0-0 WAC)
Bakersfield was outshot 43-5 in two matches in losing a pair on opening weekend ... the ‘Runners dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to Gonzaga before falling 3-0 to Eastern Washington ... the 30 shots allowed to Gonzaga were the most by a ‘Runner squad at the Division I level since Oct. 2, 2008 when USC got off 37 attempts against Bakersfield in a 7-0 Women of Troy Victory ... redshirt junior goalie Tori Ornela made eight saves against Gonzaga ... the Roadrunners hit the road next week for the first time, playing at Sacramento State Aug. 29 and Southern Utah Aug. 31.
Chicago State (1-1-0, 0-0-0 WAC)
Chicago State traveled south to Arkansas for its first two games of the season, and earned its first-ever victory on the trip ... the all-freshmen squad faced off with Arkansas Little Rock in the program’s first-ever contest, falling 7-0 on the road ... however, the youngest team in America rebounded with the maturity of upper-classmen the following night, beating Arkansas Pine Bluff 4-1 ... the win over Arkansas Pine Bluff celebrated the first goal and first win in Chicago State’s brand new soccer history ... Jyllian Coggins scored two of CSU’s four goals in the victory and registered six shots, four on goal ... she also tallied an assist in the win and recorded five points ... this week, Chicago State hosts its first-ever home match when the team welcomes North Dakota on Friday ... CSU hosts Cleveland State on Sunday.
Grand Canyon (0-2-0, 0-0-0 WAC)
The Lopes opened the 2014 regular season over the weekend with a pair of games at the UNLV Rebel Classic in Las Vegas ... Grand Canyon fell 0-3 to UC Riverside in Friday’s weekend opener ... GCU junior forward Cassie Beckwith led the offensive attack, firing five shots in the contest ... on Sunday, the Lopes lost an overtime contest with host UNLV, as the Rebels scored 49 seconds into the extra session to take the game ... GCU’s goals came on a pair of Maria Monterroso penalty kicks ... Canyon outshot UNLV 13-9 in Sunday’s afternoon matinee ... Maria Monterroso, Rachel Mina, and Taylor Layton were all selected to the UNLV Rebel Classic All-Tournament Team for their weekend efforts ... GCU started seven freshmen in Friday’s game with UC Riverside and started five in Sunday’s showdown with UNLV ... the Lopes will have their home opener Friday versus Valparaiso.
Missouri-Kansas City Kangaroos (1-1-0, 0-0-0 WAC)
Missouri-Kansas City went 1-1 to open the 2014 season ... the ‘Roos opened the season with a 1-0 win over Missouri State before dropping a 1-0 decision to Central Arkansas, both at home ... Kara Priest scored the lone goal of the week, which proved to be the game winner against Missouri State for the Kangaroos ... Alyssa Elver assisted the Priest goal ... Priest also led the team with five shots on the week, two of which were on goal ... Nina Tzianos led the defensive effort for UMKC, picking up a clean sheet in goal against Missouri State ... Tzianos tallied eight saves on the week ... this week, UMKC returns to the pitch on Friday as the team travels to play Oral Roberts ... the ‘Roos also travel to play Tulsa on Sunday.
New Mexico State (0-2-0, 0-0-0 WAC)
New Mexico State opened its season with a pair of losses ... the Aggies fell 3-1 at Loyola Marymount before returning home to take a 2-1 loss to Texas State ... Jeannae Cambra led the offensive attack on the week ... Cambra scored both of NM State’s goals on the week ... Cambra scored two goals and recorded six shots, five shots on goal and four points on the week ... in each of the Aggie losses this past week, the team was in position to win the game, but allowed late goals ... the Aggies have three games this week ... the team opens the week at UTEP on Wednesday and then hosts Houston Baptist on Friday and Incarnate Word on Sunday.
Seattle U (1-1-0, 0-0-0 WAC)
Seattle U opened its regular season with a pair of overtime matches – one victory vs. Idaho and one loss to Kentucky ... Stephanie Verdoia scored goals in each game this past week ... Isabelle Butterfield, Celia Vaughn, Denise Garcia, and Stephanie Spiekerman made their first collegiate starts versus Idaho and Jennifer Plummer, Isabella Guerry, and Sydney Carlson made their collegiate debuts … Madeline Racine and Carlson made their first collegiate starts vs. Kentucky while Sunshine Soriano and Rosalie Sittauer made their first collegiate appearances ... in the win over Idaho, Natasha Howe scored the game winner ... Verdoia scored the game-tying goal with just over a minute remaining against Kentucky before SU eventually lost in overtime ... this week, Seattle U heads out on the road to take on Northern Illinois on Sunday.
Texas-Pan American (1-0-1, 0-0-0 WAC)
Texas-Pan American went 1-0-1 in its first-ever week of women’s soccer competition ... the Broncs defeated Southern 2-0 before tying Jackson State 1-1 ... both games were on the road ... Andreya Barrera scored the first goal in program history at 51:21 at Southern ... Barrera led the Broncs with seven shots and five shots on goal ... Zinnia Hannig notched the first assist in program history by drawing the goalkeeper away from the net and sending a cross to Aimie Inthoulay who scored the goal ... the Broncs needed extra time for the first time, playing the Tigers to a 1-1 draw in double OT ... Sheridan Becanic scored her first-career goal on her only shot of the match at 22:34 ... Aubrie Coley earned WAC Defensive Player of the Week honors after recording 11 saves and a shutout over the two matches.
Utah Valley Wolverines (0-2-0, 0-0-0 WAC)
Utah Valley dropped a pair of 1-0 matches to open the season in a tournament at Portland State University ... the Wolverines lost to the host Vikings after an early penalty kick held up as the game’s only goal ... two days later, Drake University scored in the third minute and held on over the final 87 minutes ... senior defender Lexi Robison and junior midfielder Kasandra Anderson were both named to the all-tournament team for UVU ... the Wolverines will now play their next seven games at home beginning on Friday against Big 12 Baylor.
WAC SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Offensive: Stephanie Verdoia, Sr., F, Seattle U
Verdoia, a senior forward from Salt Lake City, Utah (Brighton HS), scored two goals last week to lead Seattle U to a 1-1 record to open the season. Verdoia scored SU’s first goal of the season in a 2-1 overtime win against Idaho. She scored the goal on a penalty kick in the 11th minute after being pulled down in the box against the Vandals. Verdoia scored her second goal of the week in a 2-1 overtime setback against No. 30 Kentucky. She put in the game-tying goal against Wildcats with just over a minute remaining in the match.
Other offensive nominees included: Chicago State freshman forward Jyllian Coggins … Grand Canyon junior forward Cassie Beckwith … New Mexico State senior forward Jennae Cambra … Texas-Pan American freshman midfielder Andreya Barrera.
Defensive: Aubrie Coley, Fr., GK, Texas-Pan American
Coley, a freshman goalkeeper from Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. (Capistrano Valley HS), recorded a shutout in UTPA’s first match to lead the Broncs to their first-ever win at Southern. Coley tallied six saves in the match to help UTPA to the 2-0 road win. Coley also helped the Broncs to a 1-1 double overtime tie at Jackson State with a game-high five saves. On the week, Coley recorded 11 saves for a .917 save percentage.
Other defensive nominees included: Grand Canyon freshman midfielder Rachel Mina … New Mexico State sophomore goalkeeper Tayler Hammack … Seattle U junior goalkeeper Brianna Smallidge … Utah Valley senior defender Lexi Robison.
RETURNING ALL-CONFERENCE PLAYERS
The WAC returns nine all-conference players from the 2013 season. Seattle U returns four all-conference players from last season. The Redhawks return all-WAC first team honoree and 2014 WAC Offensive Player of the Year Stephanie Verdoia (Sr., F). Verdoia led the WAC in nearly ever offensive statistical category last season. She is the lone returning player from last year’s all-WAC first team. SU also returns 2014 all-WAC second team honorees Taylor Titzman (Sr., F), Natasha Howe (So., MF) and Brianna Smallidge (Jr., GK). Bakersfield and Missouri-Kansas City each return two players that received all-WAC second team honors last year. CSUB returns 2014 WAC Freshman of the Year and all-WAC second team honoree Hedda Regefalk (So., F). The ‘Runners also welcome 2014 all-WAC second team honoree Sarah Cook, (Sr., D). UMKC has a pair of second-team honorees returning from last season in Alyssa Elver (Sr., MF) and Kaely Tott (Sr., D). New Mexico State returns 2014 all-WAC second team honoree Jennae Cambra (Sr., F).
WAC teams will play in three matches against teams that played in the NCAA Tournament last year. Two of the matches will be played at WAC home sites. Seattle U will play two home games, while Utah Valley will play a road game against Utah, which competed in the NCAA Tournament in 2013.
Aug. 24 Kentucky at Seattle U
Sept. 21 Utah Valley at Utah
Sept. 25 Portland at Seattle U
WAC WOMEN’S SOCCER WELCOMES CHICAGO STATE AND TEXAS-PAN AMERICAN TO THE LEAGUE
Chicago State and Texas-Pan American take to the pitch this season for the first time in school history. CSU head coach Tony Tommasi will lead the Cougars in their inagural season. Chicago State’s team is comprised of 24 freshmen. Texas-Pan American head coach Glad Bugariu will be the first Broncs women’s soccer coach in school history. Bugariu will have 19 freshmen and seven players with college experience.