Willamette Women's Soccer Team Ranked 18th in NCAA Division III

MISSION, KAN. The Willamette University women’s soccer team has moved into the NCAA Division III National Rankings conducted by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). The Bearcats, who are 5-0-1 on the season and 2-0-0 in the Northwest Conference, are #18 in the rankings released today. Willamette is tied for #2 in the West Region Rankings, also released today.

Willamette tied the University of California-Santa Cruz, 0-0 in two overtimes, last week when the Banana Slugs were ranked #14 in the National Rankings. Over the weekend, Willamette picked up a pair of NWC wins by defeating Whitman College, 1-0, on Saturday, Sept. 16, and by downing 22nd-ranked Whitworth, 3-1, on Sunday, Sept. 17. Both games were played on the road.

The Bearcats will play their third consecutive road game on Saturday, Sept. 23 at Lewis & Clark College. Game time for the Northwest Conference game in Portland, Ore., is scheduled for 12 p.m. (PDT).

Following the game at Lewis & Clark, the Bearcats will return to Salem, Ore., to host their third nationally-ranked opponent in five games, as Willamette takes on the University of Puget Sound in a Northwest Conference match-up on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 12 p.m. (PDT). Puget Sound, currently 4-0-1 overall and 2-0 in the NWC, is ranked #3 in the NSCAA National Rankings and #1 in the West Region.

Willamette has allowed a total of just two goals in six games this season. Goalkeeper Kari Woody (Sr., Boise, ID/Timberline HS) owns a 0.35 goals against average and has recorded three solo shutouts and one combined shutout. She has played 515 of the team’s 560 minutes. Willamette has achieved a team goals against average of 0.32.