Seattle U women’s soccer wins WAC, advances to NCAA tournament for first time
Missouri-Kansas City kept Western Athletic Conference champion Seattle University scoreless through nearly 30 minutes of play, but the Redhawks emerged as the WAC Tournament women’s soccer champions with a 3-0 victory Sunday in Las Cruces, N.M.
With the win, women’s soccer becomes Seattle U’s first overall team to qualify for the NCAA tournament since reclassifying back to Division I and SU’s first women’s soccer team to advance to the NCAA tournament.
The Redhawks (17-2-2) will find out Monday afternoon who they will face in the first round of the NCAA tournament this weekend.
Extending their current winning streak to 15 games, the Redhawks recorded their 11th shutout of the season.
UW volleyball sweeps Arizona
The third-ranked Husky volleyball team answered the bell in another tough road setting today, sweeping Arizona 25-19, 25-20, 25-18 in the McKale Center to complete a weekend sweep in the desert.
Junior Kaleigh Nelson led the offense with 17 kills, a career-best for a three-set match.
Washington (21-1, 13-1 Pac-12) was playing for the second straight day after a 3-1 win in Tempe, while Arizona had been off since Thursday, but the Huskies looked sharp and ready from the get-go, taking early leads in all three sets and playing excellent team defense to hold Arizona (17-9, 7-7 Pac-12) to just an .067 attack percentage. Arizona had been 5-0 in Pac-12 play at home this season, including a win over then-No. 1 USC.
The Huskies have strung together 11 straight wins in conference play, the best conference streak since UW won 12 straight in 2006. The 13-1 conference start is also UW’s best since 2005 when the team went 14-0 before its first and only Pac-12 loss.
David Downs made all five of his three-point shots and scored 23 points for second-ranked Seattle Pacific, which concluded the Disney Tip-Off Classic with its third victory in as many days, a 66-55 win over Texas A&M International at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Downs made 7 of 10 shots from the field and converted all four of his free throws. He also had six assists.
Cory Hutsen had 14 points, Patrick Simon 11 and Riley Stockton 10 against the Dustdevils (0-3) from Laredo.
Downs, a 6-foot-2 senior point guard, led the Falcons in scoring all three games, averaging 25 points while shooting 13 of 17 from three-point range.
Freshman Mason Robertson hammered home a goal just 37 seconds into the overtime period after a Michael Harris flip throw ricocheted off a defender and found Robertson as the Washington Huskies earned a 2-1 overtime victory against visiting California.
Robertson’s goal completed the Husky comeback, despite Washington (13-1-4, 6-1-2 Pac-12) dominating play throughout. Cal (12-3-2, 6-2-1) scored in the first half and led 1-0 at halftime, but UW tied it in the 67th minute.
The win vaults Washington into sole possession of first place, one point better than Cal and two better than UCLA.
• Relegated to the role of the spoiler after their WCC title hopes were eliminated Friday in a 3-1 loss at the University of San Diego, the Gonzaga Bulldogs and keeper Ryan Caballero defeated conference-leading Loyola Marymount 1-0 in double-overtime.
Nick Hamer got the golden goal at 108:13, taking Clark Phillips’ cross and heading the ball to the left post to give Gonzaga (9-5-3, 4-3-3) the season sweep of the Lions (11-4-2, 7-2-1).
From sports-information reports.