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WPFC ECNL ALUMNAE ON 2016 VIKINGS ROSTER
#1 Ashley Homer - JR. | GK
#3 Jen Oak - SO. | F
#5 Lindsey Fujiwara - FR. | M/D
#8 Sierra Shugarts - JR. | D
#9 Gabriela Pelogi - SO. | F
#13 Emily Nelson - FR. | D
#22 Jordyn Bartelson - FR. | MF
#24 Becca Cates - SR. | M
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.