Danica Evans scored in the 78th minute and Amanda Frisbie added a penalty kick in the 89th minute as host Portland eliminated Seattle University 2-0 Saturday night in the first round of the NCAA women’s soccer tournament.
This was the 14th straight playoff appearance for the third-seeded Pilots (17-2-1), who advanced to face Illinois this coming weekend.
The loss ended a 15-game winning streak for the Redhawks (17-3-2) and a historic season in which they became the school’s first women’s team to qualify for an NCAA Division I tournament. They had a seven-game shutout streak during which they scored 25 goals, and won both the Western Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament championships.
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Stephanie Hamilton’s first-half goal put host Western Washington in front to stay as it advanced to the West Regional championship game with a 2-0 victory over Seattle Pacific in the second round of the NCAA Division II women’s soccer tournament.
The second-seeded Vikings (18-1-1) are 10-0 at home and will host No. 4 seed Cal State San Bernardino in the regional final on Thursday or Friday. The Coyotes defeated top-seeded Cal State Stanislaus 1-0 in overtime.
SPU, the No. 6 seed, completed its season 15-6-1. The Falcons were making their 11th straight NCAA appearance.
Hamilton’s goal came in the 32nd minute. Anna Geldenhuys scored an insurance goal for the Vikings with two minutes remaining.
Vincent McCluskey scored in overtime as Puget Sound earned its first NCAA tournament victory in 11 years with a 2-1 win over Hardin-Simmons in San Antonio, Texas. Sam Zisette also scored for the Loggers, who advanced to face regional host Trinity.
For the seventh straight season, the Washington women secured a berth in the NCAA Championships on Saturday in Terre Haute, Ind. The Huskies earned an at-large bid after finishing fifth in the West Regional. UW junior Aaron Nelson, who finished in the top 10 at every race this season, earned an individual berth.
Dixie State earned a 90-88 overtime upset of second-ranked Seattle Pacific in the final game of the Sodexo Tip-Off Classic at Brougham Pavilion. David Downs scored a career-best 34 points for the Falcons (4-1) but missed a layup at the buzzer. Cory Hutsen had a career-high 24 points for SPU. Tournament MVP DeQuan Thompson led the Red Storm (2-0) with 21 points, including three vital free throws in the extra period.
• Trailing by as many as 15 points in the second half, Northwest University rallied to beat William Jessup 70-68 in Rocklin, Calif. Michael Greene led Northwest U. (4-2) with 16 points and nine rebounds.
Southern Methodist beat host Eastern Washington 75-70. Senior Laura Hughes and sophomore Hayley Hodgins scored 19 points apiece for the Eagles (0-2).
Jennica McPherson had 13 kills with no errors on 23 attempts for a .565 attack percentage as Western Washington (21-3, 14-2 GNAC) swept its road trip to Alaska with a 25-10, 25-19, 25-19 victory over Alaska Fairbanks.
• Seattle U beat host Chicago State 25-13, 27-25, 22-25, 25-17. Matea Mamic led the Redhawks (12-19, 9-7 WAC) with 15 kills and a .371 hitting percentage.
• Madi Cavell had 23 kills and Nikki Lowell had 17, including the match-clincher in Game 5, as Seattle Pacific (14-10, 10-6 GNAC) beat host Western Oregon 25-20, 23-25, 25-22, 23-25, 15-10.
• Host San Diego beat Gonzaga (11-14, 7-9 West Coast) 25-14, 25-19, 25-17.
From sports-information reports.