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This Week In WAC Women's Soccer - Final

This Week In WAC Women's Soccer - Final
 
SEATTLE U FALLS TO No. 1 STANFORD
Seattle U (10-7-3) fell to Stanford (17-0-2) 3-0 in the opening round of the 2018 NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament.
 
The Redhawks held the Cardinal scoreless until the 18th minute when Civana Kuhlmann found the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.
 
Seattle U's Leahi Manthei found an opportunity from the box but sent it just wide in the 24th minute.
 
Stanford struck again in the 52nd minute to stretch the lead to 2-0. They scored once more in the final minutes for the final deficit of 3-0.
 
Seattle U managed just three shots to the Cardinal's 24. Ariana Romero tallied four saves between the posts.
 
The Redhawks saw their fourth WAC Tournament Title in Julie Woodward's 22nd season. Seattle U is the only program in Division I to advance to its last six conference finals. The Redhawks qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time since 2013.
 
SIX NAMED TO USC ALL-PACIFIC REGION TEAM
Six WAC women's soccer players were named to the United Soccer Coaches All-Pacific Region team for the 2018 season. Kansas City claimed four of the six spots.
 
Kansas City's Reighan Childers, a senior midfielder from Grain Valley, Mo., was the only student-athlete named to first team. She finished the season with six goals and seven assists for 19 total points. Reighan tallied 61 shots placing 25 on goal throughout 19 games. She was named the WAC Offensive Player of the Year.
 
Kansas City landed two more on second team in Rylan Childers and Lexie Howard. Rylan, a freshman midfielder from Grain Valley, Mo., finished her first collegiate season with 10 goals and 14 assists. She sits atop the WAC in points with 36. Rylan also leads the conference in assists and is tied for best in goals. The freshman was named WAC Freshman of the Year and WAC Player of the Week twice.
 
Howard, a senior forward from Kearney, Mo., posted nine goals and ten assists. She finished the season leading the WAC in shots with 95 and shots per game averaging 4.52. Howard is second-best in total assists within the conference. She was named First Team All-WAC.
 
Kansas City's Abby Small, a junior defender from Kansas City, Mo., was named to third team. As a defender, Small tallied two goals and one assist while starting 19 of 19 games played. She helped the Roos to ten shutouts on the year, leading the WAC. Small was named WAC Defensive Player of the Year.
 
Isabelle Butterfield, a senior midfielder from Bellevue, Wash., was named to third team. She scored two goals on the season for Seattle U. Butterfield helped lead the Redhawks to WAC Tournament Champions and was named to the All-Tournament Team. She was also recognized as Second Team All-WAC and Academic All-District.
 
Selected to third team, Desarae Felix, a senior midfielder from Riverside, Calif., scored eight goals for California Baptist. Felix took 47 shots through 18 games averaging one on goal per game. She also recorded three assists for the Lancers. Felix was selected Second Team All-WAC and WAC Player of the Week once.
 
For the complete listing of the United Soccer Coaches All-Region teams go to unitedsoccercoaches.org.
 
SEATTLE U WINS 2018 WAC WOMEN'S SOCCER TOURNAMENT
Seattle U won the 2018 WAC Women's Soccer Tournament 1-0 over Kansas City. Kelsey Vogel secured the win with a goal in the 40th minute of play. 
 
ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Seattle U's goalkeeper, Ariana Romero, was named the 2018 WAC Women's Soccer Tournament MVP. She was joined by teammates Isabelle Butterfield, Hannah Carrothers, and Jessie Ray. Kansas City landed four on the team in Reighan Childers, Rylan Childers, Lexie Howard, and Kelsey Mothershead. Sadie Brockbank of Utah Valley, Grand Canyon's Sandra Hill, and Kinga Szemik of UT Rio Grande Valley rounded out the 11 selected.  
 
LET'S TALK NUMBERS
Individually, Lexie Howard of Kansas City has the most shots with 95. Kansas City's Rylan Childers has the most points with 36 and assists with 14. Childers, UMKC's Kelsey Mothershead and Emily Zapata of UT Rio Grande Valley ended the season tied for the most goals with 11 apiece. Grand Canyon's Abby Burton snagged the most saves at 103 while Judith Sorribes of Chicago State made the most per game with 9.90. Kansas City's Afton Fennwald tallied the most shutouts at nine.  
 
Throughout the NCAA, Kansas City finished tenth in points per game averaging 7.14 and eighth-best in scoring offense. The Roos also tallied 19.10 shots per game which ranks ninth and seventh in shots on goal per game. Kansas City earned eighth in total assists and ninth in total points. Chicago State was best in saves per game averaging 10.94 and second in shot accuracy at .580. 
 
Individually, Rylan Childers finished fifth in assists per game at .67 and fourth in total assists with 14. Childers is also ninth in total points at 36. Judith Sorribes is second in saves per game making 9.90.
 
SOCCER SMARTS
Five WAC women's soccer teams have been honored by the United Soccer Coaches for success in the classroom, posting a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher in 2017-18.
 
California Baptist, CSU Bakersfield, Grand Canyon, Seattle U, and UT Rio Grande Valley represented the WAC on the list of 484 women's teams spanning all divisions. California Baptist received the honor for the third year straight. CSU Bakersfield has now been recognized seven times with the first one occurring in 2009. Grand Canyon has claimed it all five year they have been with the WAC as well as the season before. Seattle U earned the honors with a 3.49 GPA. This is the fourth year in a row for UT Rio Grande Valley to be recognized.
 
A total of 773 college teams (289 men, 484 women) from throughout the United States have earned the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award for exemplary performance in the classroom as a team during the 2017-18 academic year. Among these programs are 191 schools receiving honors for both their men's and women's teams.
 
To qualify for the award, the team must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or higher for the entire academic year. The team GPA is determined by adding every player's GPA, then dividing by the number of players.
 
WAC 2017-18 Women's College Team Academic Award Winners
California Baptist, Kristen St. Clair, 3.25
CSU Bakersfield, Sebastian Vecchio, 3.16
Grand Canyon, Derek Leader, 3.70
Seattle U, Julie Woodward, 3.49
UT Rio Grande Valley, Glad Bugariu, 3.54