Seattle Pacific Stays Alive With Second-Round Win Over UCSD

Falcons advance into next weekend's round of 16

Nov. 15, 2008

SEATTLE -- Meredith Teague and Janae Godoy each had a goal and an assist on Saturday afternoon as Seattle Pacific powered past UC San Diego in the second round of the NCAA Division II women’s soccer tournament, 3-1.

The victory at Interbay Stadium sends the Falcons (18-1-2) into round of 16 next Friday at the home of the highest remaining seed from the South Central Region. Seattle Pacific will face the winner of Sunday’s Western Washington-Cal State Dominguez Hills game.

This is the fourth straight year SPU, which is on a seven-game winning streak and is unbeaten in its last 13, has won an NCAA tournament game.

The Falcons found their groove about 20 minutes into the game and took over from there. Seattle Pacific’s three goals came within a 21-minute span bridging the first and second halves.

“That first 15 or 20 minutes is what it is,” SPU coach Chuck Sekyra said. “Then I felt like we got our rhythm and started playing. I thought we played a great second half. We moved the ball quicker, we were more dangerous, and we defended better.”

UC San Diego, which has been to the NCAA tournament at either the D-III or D-II level 22 times in the past 23 years, finished its season at 15-4-4. The Tritons were third-seeded in the West Region and knocked off Brigham Young-Hawaii in double overtime in a first-round game on Thursday in Seattle, 1-0.

Teague’s goal, her 13th of the year, came after what had been a UC San Diego offensive flurry. She got the ball just over midfield, went around a defender and planted a 30-yard shot into the back right corner at 26:53.

With the first half winding down, Teague, a senior (Redmond, Wash., Bellevue Christian HS) took a free kick from 35 yards away which led to a dangerous shot by Savanna Hanson (Centennial, Colo.) that Tritons goalkeeper Jessica McGovern knocked out for a corner kick. Teague took the kick from the right quadrant, targeting it to the far side of the six-yard box, where Godoy (Yakima, Wash.) headed it into the back right corner.

Godoy’s goal was her seventh of the season, four of which have come in the last three games.

“It was just being in the right place at the right time,” said Godoy, a junior midfielder. “Meredith hit a great ball.”

Added Teague, “It felt really good going into the locker room with another goal under our belt.”

Seattle Pacific effectively put the game out of reach just three minutes into the second half on Shannon Oakes’ goal. Jocelyn Charette started the play, getting the ball to Godoy, who found Oakes to the left of the penalty-area restraining arc. Oakes’ blast bounced off a Tritons defender and into the back right corner at 47:59. Charette and Godoy both earned assists on the play, Charette’s being her team-leading 11th.

UC San Diego got onto the board at 78:01 when Natasha Belak-Berger worked here way into the box, got around a Falcons defender and, from just left of the penalty spot, sent a shot into the back left corner.

Although the Falcons now will be on the road for the rest of the tournament, they’re just looking forward to continuing tournament play. Last year, SPU went all the way to the final four in Tampa, Fla.

“We’re just looking toward the next game. But it’s nice to have this one under us going into it,” Sekyra said.

Added Godoy, “We don’t care where we’re playing. We just want to stay in this.”

Seattle Pacific has played both potential round-of-16 opponents this season. The Falcons lost to Western Washington, 1-0, then tied the Vikings in the rematch, 1-1. They beat Cal State Dominguez Hills in double overtime early in the season, 3-2.


NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Tournament
Second Round
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Interbay Stadium, Seattle, Wash.

(#4) Seattle Pacific 3, (#19) UC San Diego 1

Scoring -- 1, SPU: Meredith Teague (unassisted), 26:53; 2, SPU: Janae Godoy (Teague), 44:38; 3, SPU: Shannon Oakes (Godoy, Jocelyn Charette), 47:59; 4, UCSD: Natasha Belak-Berger (unassisted), 78:01

Shots -- UCSD 6, SPU 26.
Saves -- UCSD (Jessica McGovern) 7, SPU (Jesslyn Rahm) 2.
Corner kicks -- UCSD 4, SPU 6.
Fouls -- UCSD 12,SPU 10.
Offsides -- UCSD 0, SPU 2.
Attendance -- 450.

Records --
Seattle Pacific 18-1-2.
UC San Diego 15-4-4.

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