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Saturday, November 17, 2012 - Page updated at 11:00 p.m.
Western Washington falls in third round of Division II women's soccer tournament
DENVER, Colo. — Western Washington's run in the NCAA Division II women's soccer tournament came to an end Friday a minute into overtime of its West Regional final game against UC San Diego.
Gabi Hernandez's goal gave UCSD a 2-1 victory that ended the Vikings' season in their third game of the tournament and sent the Tritons to the national quarterfinals Sunday.
The Vikings, ranked No. 23 nationally in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/NCAA II Top 25 and the No. 5 seed in the tournament, finish the season 19-4. Catherine Miles had the lone goal for WWU, tying her for team-high honors this year with nine.
The regional final matched the best-ever NCAA II tournament run for WWU, which also reached the West Region championship game in 2008, when the Vikings fell, 1-0, in overtime, to Seattle Pacific.
The Vikings had won their first two tournament games in overtime, but saw their tournament run end early in the extra period Friday. Jessica Wi got behind the WWU defense down the right side, dribbled into the penalty area then cut a pass back for Hernandez, who calmly fired it home from about 12 yards.
"That's the way soccer goes," said WWU coach Travis Connell. "We've been on the winning side of those and sometimes on the losing side. It doesn't feel very good, but I'm very proud of the players and our team. We've had a wonderful season."
WSU football building approved
Washington State football is going to get a new headquarters building.
The WSU Board of Regents on Friday approved a $61 million football operation building to be constructed beginning this month.
The school just completed a $65 million addition for premium seating and a new press box.
The new football operations building will provide coaches offices, along with equipment, training, locker and weight rooms. It will be built on the west end of Martin Stadium.
Construction will begin after the Apple Cup this year and is to be completed by June 2014.
Most of the money to pay the bonds will come from the Pac-12's new television contract.
Patrick Simon tallied a game-high 16 points, including two three-pointers that sparked a 16-point spree by ninth-ranked Seattle Pacific during a 73-53 victory over Hawaii Pacific in the opening game of the GNAC/PacWest Challenge tournament in Laie, Hawaii. The Falcons (3-0) rallied from an early eight-point deficit to take control midway through the first half.
• Northwest fell to Lewis-Clark State, 89-79, at the CCC-Frontier Challenge at Spokane Falls Community College.
Seattle Pacific fell to No. 8 UC San Diego, 86-67, on the first night of the West Region Crossover Classic at Western Washington. Suzanna Ohlsen scored a career-high 19 points for SPU (2-1). Daisy Feder had a game-high 29 for UCSD, with 21 of those points coming on 7-of-11 shooting from behind the three-point line.
• Forward Sydney Donaldson scored a career-high 20 points as Western Washington defeated Azusa Pacific, 73-49, at the West Region Crossover Classic. It was the season and home opener for the Vikings, ranked No. 14 in the USA Today Sports/ESPN Division II Top 25 Preseason Poll.
• Northwest fell to Simpson at home, 83-79, in a nonconference game. Simpson shot 63 percent from three-point range in the win.
Washington State fell to Oregon State, 3-1, at home to fall to 2-15 in Pac-12 play.
From team and wire reports.
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