Bearcats are 15th in NCAA Division III National Rankings

MISSION, KAN. The Willamette University women’s soccer team is #15 in the NCAA Division III National Rankings this week. The Bearcats fell two spots after defeating Whitworth College (ranked #20 last week), 1-0, and tying Whitman College, 1-1. Willamette, 11-1-2 overall and 8-1-1 in the Northwest Conference, is ranked #2 in the West Region. The national and regional rankings are conducted by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

Emily Gross (So., F, Medford, OR/North Medford HS) scored at 60:17 for the only goal in Willamette’s victory over Whitworth. Goalie Kari Woody (Sr., Boise, ID/Timberline HS) helped secure the win by saving a penalty kick shot with 1:54 remaining. Against Whitman, Kelsey Rogel (So., D, Tacoma, WA/Bellarmine Prep) scored the tying goal for the Bearcats at 81:53.

Willamette leads the NWC with 25 points in the standings (3 for a win; 1 for tie). The Bearcats hold a two-point lead over the University of Puget Sound. The Loggers are 9-1-3 overall, 7-1-2 in the NWC (23 points). Willamette hosts Lewis & Clark College at 7 p.m. (PDT) on Wednesday, Oct. 18, before traveling to Tacoma, Wash., to play Puget Sound on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 12 p.m. (PDT)

This week’s NCAA Division III National Rankings include three teams from the Northwest Conference. In addition to Willamette at #15, Whitworth is #21 and the Puget Sound is #22.

The Bearcats have not allowed more than one goal in a single game this season. Willamette owns a team goals against average of 0.277, which ranks sixth nationally in NCAA Division III.