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Wildcats Look To Clinch GNAC Championships Berth
Central Washington sits in fourth place in the conference standings with 16 points but needs three more points to secure a spot in the GNAC Championships.
Central Washington sits in fourth place in the conference standings with 16 points but needs three more points to secure a spot in the GNAC Championships.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

THIS WEEK'S GNAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OFFENSE
Darby Doyle, Western Washington
M • 5-4 • Junior • Spokane, Wash.

Doyle scored three goals and distributed an assist as the Vikings clinched the GNAC regular-season championship with two wins last week. Doyle scored the equalizer in Thursday’s 2-1 win at Concordia. She then scored two goals and had an assist in a 4-0 shutout of Northwest Nazarene on Saturday.

Also Nominated:
Paige Devine (Central Washington), Kyra Radcliffe (Concordia), Haylee Gunter (Montana State Billings), Melissa Alvarado (Saint Martin’s), Alyssa Tomasini (Western Oregon).

DEFENSE
Peyton Chick, Western Washington
D • 5-3 • Senior • Kent, Wash.

Chick played a key role in anchoring an injured backline as the Vikings picked up two more wins. Chick played 75 minutes as the Vikings allowed one goal and four shots on goal in a 2-1 road win at Concordia on Thursday. She then finished with two shots as the Vikings limited Northwest Nazarene to just two total shots in a 4-0 shutout on Saturday.

Also Nominated: Chelsea Marozik (Central Washington), Sara Christensen (Saint Martin’s), Alex Qualls (Western Oregon).

AROUND THE GNAC
CENTRAL WASHINGTON
• Central Washington went 1-1 last week, losing 2-1 at Montana State Billings on Thursday before topping Concordia, 1-0, at home on Saturday.

Teanna Lathum opened the scoring in the match at Montana State Billings but the Yellowjackets responded with two goals of their own to steal the win. The Wildcats were limited to just five total shots in the loss.

Paige Devine played 81 minutes and scored the game-winner in the Wildcats’ 1-0 win over Concordia on Saturday.

• Goalkeeper Emily Thomson made six saves against the Yellowjackets then made five more against the Cavaliers. She is fifth in the GNAC with 52 saves and fourth with a 1.14 goals against average.

• Central Washington is now 7-7-1 (5-4-1 GNAC) on the season. A win for the Wildcats this week would clinch a GNAC Championships berth. Up next, the Wildcats will conclude their regular season as they host Northwest Nazarene on Thursday before heading down to play at Western Oregon on Saturday.

CONCORDIA
• Concordia dropped both of its matches last week, losing 2-1 to GNAC regular-season champion and No. 7 Western Washington at home on Thursday then dropping game two, 1-0, at Central Washington on Saturday.

Kyra Radcliffe scored the only goal for the Cavaliers in the 2-1 loss to the Vikings. She is tied for second in the GNAC with seven goals while also ranking tied for sixth in the conference with 14 points.

• The Cavs outshot the Wildcats, 14-10, but could not find a way to score in the 1-0 loss.

• Goalkeeper Hailey Asato made five saves in the two matches. She ranks fourth in the GNAC with 55 saves.

• Concordia is now 5-10-1 (3-6-1 GNAC) on the season. Up next, the Cavs will close out their season at home as they host Saint Martin’s on Thursday and Simon Fraser on Saturday.

MONTANA STATE BILLINGS
• Montana State Billings won its only match of the week with a much-needed 2-1 victory at home over Central Washington on Thursday.

• Central Washington struck first with a goal in the 13th minute but the Yellowjackets responded with goals by Alexa Iacolucci (45th minute) and Haylee Gunter (75th minute) to top the Wildcats, 2-1.

• Iacolucci led the Yellowjackets with six shots and three shots on goal. She is tied for seventh in the GNAC with 40 shots.

• The Yellowjackets limited Central Washington to just five total shots. Goalkeeper Erinn Harder made three saves on four shots on goal by the Wildcats.

• Montana State Billings is now 5-8-2 (4-6-0 GNAC) on the season and sits in fifth place in the conference standings with 12 points, four points behind the fourth-place Wildcats. Up next, the Yellowjackets will conclude their regular season on the road as they play at Simon Fraser on Thursday and Saint Martin’s on Saturday.

NORTHWEST NAZARENE
• Northwest Nazarene split its matches last week, topping Saint Martin’s, 2-0, on Thursday then losing 4-0 to Western Washington on Saturday.

• An early start for the Nighthawks was all that they needed to top the Saints. Carolyn Moravec opened the scoring with a goal in the seventh minute. Moravec was followed by Tennyson Young, who netted a goal in the 12th minute to extend the Nighthawks’ lead.

• The Nighthawks limited the Saints to just four shots on goal in the 2-0 win.

• Goalkeeper Alexis Montoya made 14 saves in the two matches, including 10 saves against the Vikings on Saturday. Montoya leads the GNAC and ranks 31st in Division II with 97 saves while also ranking 48th with 6.06 saves per match.

• Northwest Nazarene is now 6-8-2 (3-5-2 GNAC) on the season and is still in contention to clinch a berth in the GNAC Championships. Up next, the Nighthawks will close out their regular season on the road as they travel to Central Washington on Thursday and Seattle Pacific on Saturday.

SAINT MARTIN’S
• Saint Martin’s went 1-1 at home last week, losing 2-0 to Northwest Nazarene on Thursday before bouncing back to top Simon Fraser, 2-0, on Saturday.

• The Saints put up 11 shots and four shots on goal but were unable to score against the Nighthawks. Jolene Kvinsland led the team with three shots and three shots on goal.

Melissa Alvarado registered a two-goal match on Saturday, scoring both of the Saints’ goals in the 2-0 win over the Clan.

• The Saints limited the Clan to just two shots on goal in the win. Goalkeeper Sara Christensen picked up the shutout with two saves on two shots on goal by the Clan. Christensen also played 45 minutes off the bench and made six saves in the loss to the Nighthawks on Thursday.

• Saint Martin’s is now 4-11-2 (2-8-0 GNAC) on the season. Up next, the Saints will conclude their season as they head down to Concordia on Thursday before returning home to host Montana State Billings on Saturday.

SEATTLE PACIFIC
• Seattle Pacific topped Western Oregon, 2-1, in a double-overtime thriller on Saturday in its only match of the week. The Falcons have clinched a spot in the GNAC Championships.

Chloe Gellhaus opened the scoring against Western Oregon with a goal in the 30th minute but the Wolves’ Isabelle Creighton responded with a goal in the 67th minute to send the match to overtime.

• Gellhaus ranks third in the GNAC with 48 shots and is tied for fifth with five goals.

Marissa Bankey scored the golden goal for Seattle Pacific in the 108th minute to lead the Falcons to the 2-1 victory.

• The Falcons tallied 22 shots and eight shots on goal and limited the Wolves to just five total shots in the 2-1 win. Goalkeeper Riley Travis is second in the GNAC with a 0.97 goals against average.

• Seattle Pacific is now 10-6-0 (8-2-0 GNAC) on the season and sits in second place in the conference standings with 24 points. Up next, the Falcons will close out their regular season at home as they host first-place Western Washington on Thursday and Northwest Nazarene on Saturday.

SIMON FRASER
• Simon Fraser dropped both of its matches last week, losing 3-1 to Western Oregon at home on Thursday then losing at Saint Martin’s, 2-0, on Saturday.

Giuliana Zaurrini scored the only goal for the Clan in the 3-1 loss to the Wolves. She led the Clan with five shots and two shots on goal in the match.

• The Clan put up 13 shots against the Saints but couldn’t find the net.

• Goalkeeper Nicole Anderson made six saves against the Wolves then came off the bench and made one save against the Saints. She is second in the GNAC with 86 saves.

• Simon Fraser is now 1-12-1 (1-9-0 GNAC) on the season. Up next, the Clan will conclude its season as it hosts Montana State Billings on Thursday before playing at Concordia on Saturday.

WESTERN OREGON
• Western Oregon went 1-1 last week, topping Simon Fraser, 3-1, on Thursday before dropping a tough 2-1 double-overtime match at Seattle Pacific on Saturday.

Alyssa Tomasini scored the first two goals then assisted on the third goal by Selene Konyn in the Wolves’ 3-1 win over the Clan. Tomasini is tied for second in the GNAC with seven goals and tops the conference with 21 points.

Isabelle Creighton scored the game-tying goal in the 2-1 overtime loss to the Falcons. She is tied for fourth in the GNAC with 43 shots and is tied for sixth with four assists.

• Goalkeeper Alex Qualls made eight saves in the two matches. She is third in the GNAC with a 0.98 goals against average while also ranking second with six shutouts.

• Western Oregon is now 9-5-3 (6-3-2 GNAC) on the season and has clinched a berth in the GNAC Championships. Up next, the Wolves will close out their season at home as they host Central Washington on Saturday.

WESTERN WASHINGTON
• Western Washington won both of its matches last week to extend its winning streak to 11 games and remain perfect in GNAC play. The Vikings edged out Concordia, 2-1, on Thursday then shut out Northwest Nazarene, 4-0, on Saturday.

Darby Doyle earned GNAC Offensive Player of the Week honors after she scored three goals and dished out an assist as the Vikings clinched the GNAC regular-season title. Doyle scored the equalizer in the Vikings' 2-1 win at Concordia then scored two goals and had an assist in the 4-0 shutout of Northwest Nazarene.

Peyton Chick was selected as the GNAC Defensive Player of the Week after she played a key role in solidifying an injured backline. Chick played 75 minutes as the Vikings allowed just one goal against the Cavs. She then finished with two shots and helped the Viking defense to limit the Nighthawks to just two total shots.

Estera Levinte scored the game-winner in the 89th minute of the Vikings’ 2-1 win over the Cavs.

Dayana Diaz and Alice Hiebert scored the first two goals in the Vikings’ 4-0 rout of the Nighthawks.

• Western Washington is now 15-2-0 (11-0-0 GNAC) on the season and has clinched the GNAC regular-season championship. Up next, the Vikings will conclude their regular season on the road as they play at second-place Seattle Pacific on Thursday.

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