James Coggan's header 15 minutes into the second half gave Seattle Pacific a 1-0 victory over Seattle University and assured the Falcons...
James Coggan’s header 15 minutes into the second half gave Seattle Pacific a 1-0 victory over Seattle University and assured the Falcons a spot in the NCAA Division II men’s soccer playoffs.
The loss Saturday means SU, last year’s national champion, likely won’t be given a playoff berth.
The scoring play started from a free kick 45 yards out. Matt Kemper’s high kick brought SU keeper Chris Sorensen to the top of the box, but Coggan just beat him to it, popping it over Sorensen and into the net.
“I was watching it coming down and thought it had been deflected by a defender,” Coggan, a sophomore forward, said. “I just wanted to get my head on it and start it for the goal.”
SPU (14-2-3) survived a close call two minutes before its goal when SU’s Alex Chursky took a penalty kick.
Falcons keeper Kellen Rosten, the game’s MVP with eight saves, got both hands on the ball but deflected it back to Cameron Weaver, who was charging in for the Redhawks (13-6). He hammered a shot but sent it just over the bar.
“I had a pretty good read … both in the steps he took and in his eyes,” said Rosten of the penalty kick. “I knew it was going to go right.”
Seattle Pacific entered the match ranked second in the NCAA Far West region behind Cal State Dominguez Hills of Carson, Calif. The region’s top three will get playoff spots, meaning No. 3 UC San Diego will probably join SPU and Dominguez when the spots are announced Monday.
Seattle Pacific coach Cliff McCrath says he isn’t choosy about an opponent in the tournament Nov. 10 and 12.
“We’d like to play here,” he said, hoping to be the No. 1 seed and a playoff host. “But we’ve won four of our five national championships on the road, so don’t go throwing us into the briar patch just yet.”
Other men’s match
At Puget Sound 6, Pacific 0
Byron Conforti scored two goals to lead the Loggers past the Boxers in a Northwest Conference match.
Elliot Peterson, Andrew Hewitt, Kyle Johnson and Scott Blanchet also scored for UPS (10-2-3 overall, 9-2-2 NWC).
Loggers keeper Brian Lawson made two saves for the shutout.
At SPU 3, Seattle University 0
Allison Teague, Shannon Lovejoy and Sarah Martinez scored as Seattle Pacific notched a Great Northwest Athletic Conference shutout.
The Falcons (17-0-3, 10-0-2 GNAC) have not lost in 57 consecutive regular-season matches. They won their fourth outright conference title Wednesday.
SU (13-5-2, 7-3-2 GNAC) outshot SPU 16-13, but couldn’t get the ball past keeper Jennifer Burns, who had a season-high seven saves.
At WWU 9, CWU 0
Katie Weber and Alyssa Kessler each scored two goals, and Lizzy Page had three assists as Western Washington ended its season with a GNAC victory over Central Washington.
The Vikings (9-8-2, 6-5-1 GNAC) put up their most goals since a 10-0 victory over Northwest Nazarene on Oct. 5, 1996.
Central finished 7-12-1 overall, 4-7-1 in the GNAC .
At Gonzaga 3, USF 0
Beth Drollinger, Nanda McCormick and Jamie Blanche scored in a West Coast Conference victory over the University of San Francisco.
Keeper Ashley Haugen had five saves to earn her 11th shutout of the season for the Bulldogs.
Gonzaga (12-3-4, 3-1-3 WCC) set a program record for victories, and will find out at 2 p.m. Monday about a postseason berth.
At Puget Sound 4, Pacific 0
Cortney Kjar had a hat trick, and Lea John also scored as the Loggers beat the Boxers.
Keeper Erin Williams picked up her 17th shutout of the season, and her UPS team finished the Northwest Conference season having outscored opponents 46-0.
The Loggers (16-1-1, 15-0-1 NWC) will find out their postseason fate Monday.
College sports-information departments contributed to this report.
Local college men’s results
SEATTLE PACIFIC 1, SEATTLE UNIV. 0
Scoring — 1, SPU, Coggan (Kemper) 60:36.
PUGET SOUND 6, PACIFIC (Ore.) 0
Scoring — 1, UPS, Peterson (Conforti), :14; 2, UPS, Conforti (Johnson), 19:00; 3, UPS, Hewitt (Conforti), 22:11; 4, UPS, Johnson (unassisted), 29:03; 5, UPS, Conforti (Denman), 75:53; 6, UPS, Blanchet (Hedrick), 87:20.
Local college women’s results
GONZAGA 3, SAN FRANCISCO 0
Scoring — 1, GON, Drollinger (Blanche), 17:12; 2, GON, McCormick (Soma), 22:29; 3, GON, Blanche (unassisted), 69:34.
PUGET SOUND 4, PACIFIC (Ore.) 0
Scoring — 1, UPS, John (Pitman), 4:17; 2, UPS, Kjar (Demers), 19:51; 3, UPS, Kjar (unassisted), 50:02; 4, UPS, Kjar (Pitman), 70:06.
W. WASHINGTON 9, C. WASHINGTON 0
Scoring — WWU, Font (Page), 4:58; WWU, Casey (unassisted), 18:25; WWU, Weber (Gagne), 22:50; WWU, Crisman (Warner, Casey), 39:54; WWU, Gagne (Cox), 50:20; WWU, Weber (Page), 68:03; WWU, Zadra (Page), 68:19; WWU, Kessler (Warner), 79:22; WWU, Kessler (Clark), 87:37