WPFC Alumnae Keeping WWU On Top

Alumni In The News

Washington Premier F.C. is proud of the recruiting pipelines that it has created in women's collegiate soccer in the Pacific Northwest, none more than Western Washington University (WWU) Vikings. Currently eight Washington Premer F.C. ECNL alumnae hold slots on the Vikings two time defending Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) champions roster. 

#1 Ashley Homer - JR. | GK
Transfer from College of Saint Rose (N.Y.) ... Started all 25 games for Golden Knights as sophomore in 2014, helping them to 21-1-3 record, conference tournament and regional titles and semifinals of NCAA Division II national tournament ... Played national-leading 2,354:11 minutes, allowing just 10 goals, making 61 saves and posting 16 shutouts ...Had 0.38 goals against average, which ranked fifth nationally, and .859 save percentage ... Saw action in 10 games as freshman in 2013 on squad that got to second round at nationals.

#3 Jen Oak - SO. | F
Played for Whatcom Community College in 2015 ... Scored 12 goals for the Orcas.

#5 Lindsey Fujiwara - FR. | M/D
A three-year varsity letterwinner at perennial power Skyline High School...scored 22 career goals with 20 assists...named first-team All-KingCo 4A as a senior...helped lead Skyline to the WIAA 4A quarterfinals as a sophomore and senior and a third-place finish as a junior (19-2 record)...played club for Washington Premier ECNL.

#8 Sierra Shugarts - JR. | D
Started all 24 games and totalled 2080 minutes (second on the team) ... Had 1 assist and helped lead the Viking defense to 21 shutouts ... Voted to GNAC All-Conference 2nd team ... Named Best Defensive Player on the team by WWU coaches and players in 2015 ... Played in 19 games, making one start, in 2014 ... Had assist on game-winning goal in 1-0 win vs. Simon Fraser on 10/02/14 ... One letter.

#9 Gabriela Pelogi - SO. | F
Played 23 of 24 games and totalled 1076 minutes ... Scored 10 goals and had 5 assists as a true freshman in 2015 ... Named to NCAA Division II Soccer Championship All-Tournament team ... Voted to GNAC All-Conference team (Honorable Mention).

#13 Emily Nelson - FR. | D
A dominating defender who was a four-year starter for Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma...team captain as a senior...three-time All-Narrows League first-team selection and was the league co-MVP as a junior...The News Tribune All-Area and Tacoma All-City First-Team as a senior...helped lead Bellarmine Prep to a 9-1-3 record and a WIAA 4A quarterfinals appearance as a senior...was a nominee for the 2015 Athlete of the Year by the Tacoma Athletic Commission...played club for Washington Premier ECNL 97.

#22 Jordyn Bartelson - FR. | MF
A 5-4 midfielder who was a three-sport star at Puyallup High School...three-year starter on the varsity soccer team earning 2nd-team honors as a sophomore and first-team as a junior and senior...was the team captain as a senior and named to The News Tribune All-Area team and Washington All-State team...also a three-time state champion in wrestling and a two-year starter on the softball team...played for Washington Premier ECNL Soccer from 2011-present.

#24 Becca Cates - SR. | M
Enters season with 42 games played, 1453 total minutes, 1 goal and 2 assists ... Appeared in 23 of 24 games with 1 goal and two assists (first points of her WWU career) as a junior in 2015 ... Great Northwest Athletic Conference Academic all-star as sophomore in 2014 ... Played in 14 games ... Competed in five games as freshman in 2013 ... Attended WWU previous year, but did not play ... Three letters.


WWU beats UCSD 2-1 in OT for West Region Title

WWU Vikings are going to the Final 4 - 3rd time in four years. Trailing for the first time all season, the top-ranked Western Washington women's soccer team battled from behind to defeat UC San Diego 2-1 in overtime to claim the NCAA Division II West Region Championship played Friday afternoon at Stermole Stadium on the campus of the Colorado School of Mines.

Sophomore forward Gabriela Pelogi (Federal Way, WA) scored the golden goal just over two minutes into the first overtime period to give the Vikings their third West Region title in the last four seasons. WWU will now play Colorado Mines Sunday at 11 am PT/12 pm MT in the NCAA Division II Quarterfinals with a trip to the Final Four in Kansas City, Missouri on the line.

WWU improved to 21-0-1 on the season, extending its winning streak to 21 consecutive games. The Vikings also tied the school record with 21 wins, matching the win total from last year's Final Four team. UCSD ends its season with a 19-3 record, with two defeats coming against the Vikings and the other vs. Colorado Mines.

"I am extremely proud of the team for the way they competed, battled and how they won today," said GNAC Coach of the Year Travis Connell. "Earlier in the season I would have worried about being down early, but whenever there is a challenge, they rise to it...time and time again. Today was no different. They showed poise in the way they played, were urgent when they needed to be and executed the game plan."

UCSD went up 1-0 in the 32nd minute on a goal by Jordyn McNutt (6th of the season). McNutt lofted a ball over junior goalkeeper Ashley Homer (Puyallup, WA/College of Saint Rose) into the far post to give the Vikings their first deficit of the season. WWU went into halftime trailing 1-0, but held a 10-3 advantage in shots (3-3 shots on goal).

Western tied the game in the 53rd minute when Pelogi scored from a cross with a one-time finish from 4 yards out. Senior midfielder Caitlyn Jobanek (Springfield, OR/Thurston) and senior defender Erin Russell (Brier, WA/Mountlake Terrace) assisted the play as Jobanek led Russell with a pass into the 18-yard box that Russell was able to cross for Pelogi's finish.

Pelogi's game-winner came in the 93rd minute during the first overtime with an assist from sophomore defender Taylor Hallquist (Vancouver, WA/Columbia River). Hallquist lofted a long pass high over the defense that Pelogi was able to run to and finish with one touch, scoring to the lower-left corner of the net past the oncoming UC San Diego goalkeeper.

Pelogi, a first-team All-GNAC and D2CAA All-West Region selection, scored her team-leading 9th and 10th goals of the season, for her third career multi-goal game. It was also her third career golden goal.

"These are the games you love to play and coach in," said Connell. "I am just really excited that our players got to experience this. It has already been a memorable trip, but to battle back the way we did against a really top-level team is awesome."

Sunday's game against Colorado Mines will feature live stats and video, which can be accessed via minesathletics.com/TV.