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Men’s 1st Round November 2nd

West #3 Pierce at East #2 North Idaho
After making the playoff’s three straight seasons, the streak was snapped in 2015 when Pierce moved from the South to the West region. The Raiders are back in 2016, lead by Sophomore midfielder Jonathan Cano (5 goals). As one of the youngest teams in the tournament, Pierce will rely on several freshman to have a solid performance. Newcomer, North Idaho is in it’s 3rd season with the NWAC. After winning the East region, in 2014 (ineligible for playoffs), and missing the playoffs in 2015, the Cardinals will get their first shot at an NWAC Title in 2016. This matchup has all the makings of a low scoring defensive slug fest. Pierce and North Idaho both have the lowest goal total (22 and 24) of all playoff teams, and it could be that the first team to find a chink in the other’s armor will be the one to advance.

The winner advances to play South #1 Chemeketa on November 5th in Salem, OR. 

East #3 Walla Walla at West #2 Tacoma
Walla Walla has one of the top goal scorers in the NWAC in Missael Lopez (11) and will rely on the freshman’s play making abilities to get a win on the road. The Warriors have now qualified for 6 straight playoffs, winning the East Region Title in 3 of those years. Tacoma has now clinched #2 in the West for the second straight year, and played West Region Title winner Highline this season to a 1-1-1 record. The #4 ranked Titans have their offense rolling, scoring 16 goals in the final 4 games of the regular season. These two teams last met back in August at the 2016 NWAC Friendlies, playing to a 2-2 draw.

The winner advances to play North #1 Peninsula on November 5th in Port Angeles, WA.

South #3 Portland at North #2 Whatcom
In just the 2nd season of the program’s existence, the Portland men’s soccer team has qualified for the post season lead by freshman Under Armour Player of the week, Dominque Bates (11 goals, 4 assists). The Panthers have had some inconsistent play this season, but have not lost a match since back on October 8th in a 1-0 loss to South Region Champions, Chemeketa. Whatcom has one of the best defenses in the NWAC giving up just 15 goals all season thanks in large part to sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Peters (49 saves, SV% 83.1). Whatcom has struggled a bit offensively down the stretch, getting shutout in three straight matches, but may have found their groove again after a 4-1 win over Shoreline. These two teams have never met, and has the potential to be the best of the four 1st round matchups.

The winner advances to play West #1 Highline on November 5th in Tukwila, WA.   

North #3 Edmonds at South #2 Clark
Edmonds is one of the top men’s soccer programs in the NWAC, having made the playoffs now for the 11th consecutive season. Mohamed Elmoghrbi leads the team in goals scored (14) which is 3rd in the NWAC. They also have the top distributor in the NWAC in Alex Ptachik with 9 recorded assists. These two combined make for the most explosive and effective duo in the NWAC. Clark has been a classic team of continual progress this season. After starting the season 3-6-1 the Penguins turned it on in the 2nd half of the season going 7-1-1 and holding opponents to just 7 goals, while scoring 28 of their own. They will need continued steady back line play from their young defenders, and a solid attack from David Joyce and Rene Hernandez-Flores in order to defend home field against the visiting Tritons. This game could show a lot of early nerves as both teams are incredibly young. Edmonds has 6 returning sophomores, while Clark has just 4 sophomores.

The winner advances to play East #1 Spokane on November 5th in Spokane, WA.     

Women’s 1st Round November 2nd

West #3 Green River at East #2 North Idaho
Green River enters the playoffs for the first time since 2011 when the team lost in double overtime in the quarterfinals.  The Gators clinched the 3rd playoff spot after upsetting #8 Tacoma on the road and are lead by So. Forward Grayce Kovarik (9th in the NWAC in points).   North Idaho enters the playoffs as the #4 ranked team, due in large part to a staunch defense giving up just 12 goals all season (3rd in the NWAC) and went nearly two months with a 13 game unbeaten stretch where they recorded 7 shutouts and never gave up more than 1 goal in a match. The Cardinals are lead by Jocelyn Cook-Cox and Emily Aspden both with 8 goals on the season. This will be the first ever matchup between the two schools in women’s soccer.

The winner advances to play South #1 Clark on November 5th in Vancouver, WA. 

East #3 Walla Walla at West #2 Tacoma
After missing the playoffs the last two consecutive years, Walla Walla returns to post season play behind the prolific goal scorer and MVP candidate Haley Berryman. Haley leads the NWAC with 60 total points (28 goals, 4 assists), currently 3rd in total goals scored since 2008. Tacoma will host a playoff game for the first time since 2009 turning in a 13 win season, the most wins since 2000 when the Titans went 14-0. This years squad features a balanced attack behind Anna Gentile (15 goals) Karen Orelana (10 goals) Raven Wolfe (9 goals) and Jolen Kvinsland (9 goals and 9 assists). Tacoma and Walla Walla last met in September of 2015, a game in which Tacoma won 2-0. 

The winner advances to play North #1 Peninsula on November 5th in Port Angeles, WA.

South #3 Southwestern Oregon at North #2 Everett
Southwestern Oregon won 3 of their remaining 4 games to clinch the 3rd seed in the Southern Region and the first post season appearance since winning the Southern Region Title back in 2006.  The Lakers 27 goals this season marks the lowest total among all playoff teams, so the team will need to rely on quality possessions with a solid back line play.  Look for big games from Freshman goalkeeper Kadie Forderer and Freshman forward Emma Meyer for the Lakers to have the best chance of winning on the road. Everett returns just four players from last year’s 16-4-1 team, but one of those players is Claire Nelson whose 18 goals and 7 assists has her ranked 4th in the NWAC in points (43). The Trojans won their final three matches of the year to secure the #2 seed for the second year in a row in a close North region playoff race.

The winner advances to play West #1 Highline on November 5th in Tukwila, WA.   

North #3 Shoreline at South #2 Lane
Shoreline is one of the most experienced teams in the playoffs, returning 9 sophomores from last year’s team that advanced to the semi-finals, ultimately losing a hard fought game in overtime to the eventual champions Spokane. Complementing the experience are two freshman that lead the Dolphins in goals scored, Madisson Lowdon and Careena Alaoui both with 5 goals on the season. Lane returns to the playoffs for the 11th straight year with a sophomore laden team of their own (13), ranked in the top 5 both in goals scored (70) and goals allowed (14). Their 12 shutouts on the season ranks 2nd in the NWAC behind #1 ranked Peninsula. Jordyn Dion leads the NWAC in assists (13), but the attack is well balanced with 5 players with 20 or more points. The Titans will be looking for revenge from last year’s home playoff loss where the #3 Dolphins upset #1 Lane 4-3 in penalty kicks. With 22 combined sophomores playing in this game, no one will forget their last meeting.

The winner advances to play East #1 Spokane on November 5th in Spokane, WA.     

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