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Women's Soccer Quarterfinal Preview

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Women’s Quarterfinals – November 7th

Winners will advance to the final four on November 14th at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, WA. 

Shoreline at Lane
Shoreline won on the road in dramatic fashion in the 1st round against Bellevue.  After surrendering a 1-0 lead in the 77th minute, and a scoreless overtime, the Dolphins took the match in PK’s 5-3.   Starting goalkeeper Amanda Aversano left the game in the 87th minute with an injury, but Freshman Naza Hernandez came up with some huge saves both in overtime and in PK’s to seal the win.  Lane enters the post season as the #1 seed from the South, outscoring opponents 39-3 in the month of October.  Three Titans have scored double digit goals this season, Hawaiian native Pikake Hix leads the team with 18 which is the 3rd most in the NWAC.

Everett at Spokane
Everett came out motivated against Tacoma, after just missing the North Region crown, with and impressive 4-0 win.  Claire Nelson and Lauren Allison each added 2 goals and an assist while Emily Sorenson recorded 2 saves and the shutout.  Allison’s 2 goals brings her season total to 21 (2nd in the NWAC) and the shutout is an NWAC best 14 on the year for Sorenson and the Everett defense.  Spokane enters the playoffs as the #1 seed from the East, and defeated Everett 1-0 back on August 30th at the NWAC Friendlies.  The Sasquatch can fill up the stat sheet totaling 77 goals this season, 27 of which are courtesy of freshman midfielder Alysha Overland (1st in the NWAC).  Overland also adds 9 assists bringing her point total to 63, also 1st in the NWAC.  Four other Spokane players have double digit point totals.  This match will be a classic defense versus offense.

Clark at Highline
The Clark defense held true once again against Treasure Valley beating them for the third time this season. Ellie Quercia put one in the back of the net in the 63rd minute to advance the Penguins with a 1-0 victory.  Clark’s 11th shutout of the season ranks in the top 5 of the NWAC.  Highline returns to the playoffs for the 6th year in a row but it’s the first #1 seed for the Thunderbirds since 2007.   Their defense ranks in the top 5 of the NWAC as well, allowing just 9 goals all season and recording 12 shutouts.  Highline’s offensive threats are Analise Miller-Wells (11 goals), Arianna Fiorillo (10 goals, 7 assists), and Nikole Cruz (7 goals, 7 assists).  Expect a low scoring, drama filled game between these two teams this weekend.

North Idaho at Peninsula
After a 1-1 halftime score against Chemeketa in the 1st round, North Idaho sealed the win with a goal in the 55th minute from Emily Aspen.  The Cardinals have now won  8 of their last 10 matches and have been getting great performances from sophomore goalkeeper Cassandra Van Der May (83.8 SV%).   Peninsula is the hottest team in the tournament, ranked #1, winners of 13 in a row, and just 1 loss.  They have a league best 85 goals scored, 6 goals allowed, and their 14 shutouts ranks #2 in the NWAC.  Lexi Krieger leads the team with 14 goals scored, and  Japanese native Myu Ban, leads the NWAC with 13 total assists on the year.      

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