SPU Boots Billings in NCAA 2nd Round
Nov. 13, 2010
Courtesy of Seattle Pacific Athletics
SEATTLE - Kelsey Jenkins drilled a direct free kick into the net early in the 34th minute on Saturday, and Brandi Hamre converted a penalty kick midway through the 83rd, giving No.9-ranked Seattle Pacific a 2-0 victory against Montana State Billings in the second round of the NCAA Division II women's soccer tournament at Interbay Stadium.
Senior goalkeeper Maddie Dickinson (Vancouver, Wash./Skyview HS) picked up the shutout.
SPU (16-1-2), the top seed in the West Region, advances to the regional final against the winner of Saturday's second-round game between Brigham Young-Hawaii and UC San Diego. The Falcons will meet either the Seasiders or Tritons on Thursday or Friday at the home of the highest-seeded survivor from the South Central Region.
The Falcons are into round of 16 for the first time since 2008, the year they won the school's first national title in women's soccer. SPU was bumped out by Chico State in last year's first round.
Montana State Billings (13-6-1) was playing in its first NCAA Tournament.
Junior midfielder Jenkins (Kent, Wash./Kentwood HS) set up for her free kick 23 yards up from the goal to the right of the penalty area restraining arc. She floated it over a five-player Yellowjackets wall and into the back right corner, just beyond the reach of Billings goalkeeper Sabrina Garndke-Bawab at 34:03.
The goal was the sixth of the year for Jenkins.
At 82:31, it was a foul on Jenkins just outside the penalty area on the right side that led to the penalty kick. Junior forward Hamre (Bremerton, Wash./Central Kitsap HS) sent it into the back right corner for her sixth goal of the season.
Dickinson logged her 28th all-time shutout, making two saves. The last of those came with 10:45 left in the game and the Falcons still clinging to a 1-0 lead. Jennifer Larsen of the Yellowjackets sent a through ball to Carly Valentine, who took it to the top of the box and launched a shot that was floating toward the right side. Dickinson leaped to her left and stopped it in midair at the right post.
The shutout further extended Dickinson's school record. She broke the previous SPU mark of 25 clean sheets earlier this season.
Seattle Pacific and Montana State Billings, rivals from the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, were meeting for the third time this year. SPU swept the two regular-season meetings, 3-0 in Seattle and 2-1 in overtime in Montana.
The Yellowjackets won their first-ever NCAA tourney game on Thursday, a 1-0 upset of 19th-ranked Cal State Los Angeles.