Concordia women's soccer halts Western Washington's 39-game win streak, wins first GNAC title
BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The Concordia Cavaliers captured the institution's first-ever GNAC regular season title Saturday afternoon by defeating the No. 2 Western Washington Vikings 2-0 in each team's regular season finale at Harrington Field in Bellingham, Washington. With the win, the Cavaliers will enter next week's GNAC Women's Soccer Championship Tournament as the No. 1 seed.
Concordia (14-2-1, 11-0-1) snapped the defending national champions' winning streak at 39 with its 11th straight win. The Cavaliers ran their unbeaten streak to 13 and have recorded shutouts in seven of their last nine matches.
They will face Northwest Nazarene this Thursday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. in the second semifinal match of the GNAC Women's Soccer Championships. In the first match on Thursday at 4 p.m., Western Washington will face Seattle Pacific. The winners will face each other in the championship match a week from today, Saturday, November 4 at 1pm. All three matches will take place at Tuominen Yard at Hilken Community Stadium on the campus of Concordia in Portland. The winner of the GNAC Women's Soccer Championship will receive the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division II National Women's Soccer Championships which start on November 9 at sites to be announced.
Anna Miller recorded eight saves en route to her eighth shutout of the season for the victors. Ashley Homer had one save in goal for Western Washington (15-1, 11-1 GNAC).
W: WWU has 39-game winning streak snapped with 2-0 loss vs. Concordia. Vikings will be No. 2 seed in GNAC Championships next week. pic.twitter.com/wv7avgYfrt— WWU Athletics (@WWUAthletics) October 28, 2017
The Cavaliers made the most of their opportunities as they were held to just three shot as they scored two goals on those two shots. Western Washington, who were ranked third in last week's NCAA Division II West Region Poll, outshot Concordia 23-3 including 16-1 in the second half.
Western Washington had a chance to take the 1-0 lead in the ninth minute, but Miller stopped Emily Webster's penalty kick. The score remained scoreless until the 32nd minute when Gabrielle Ewing scored her eighth goal of the season off a free kick from Ana Delgadillo. The Vikings had a chance to tie the match at 1-1, when Webster shot on goal attempt was stopped by Miller to send the match into halftime with a CU 1-0 lead.
The hosts came out strong early in the second half when Karli White saw her shot on goal attempt stopped by the Cavs' goalkeeper in the 52ndminute. They had another chance in the 74th minute, when Gabriela Pelogi's shot attempt was stopped by the CU defense.
Concordia doubled its lead in the 82nd minute, when Quinn Williams connected on a cross from Sydney Van Steenberge for her seventh goal of the season. The Vikings had a chance to cut into the Cavalier lead, but Miller recorded her eighth save in the 89th minute off a shot on goal attempt by Zoe Milburn as CU took the 2-0 regular season finale victory.