Willamette Moves up One Spot to #5 in NCAA Division III Women's Soccer National Rankings

MISSION, KAN. The Willamette University women’s soccer team has moved up one spot to #5 in this week’s NCAA Division III National Rankings, released today by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Willamette continued to hold the #1 position in the West Region Rankings. The Bearcats, who are 9-0-1 on the season and 6-0-0 in the Northwest Conference, have extended their season-opening undefeated streak to 10 games.

Willamette went 2-0 last week, with a pair of shutout wins. The Bearcats defeated George Fox University, 2-0, on Wednesday, Sept. 27, then edged Linfield College, 1-0, on Sunday, Oct. 1.

The Northwest Conference is represented by three teams in the NCAA Division III National Rankings. In addition to Willamette at #5, Whitworth College is #21 and the University of Puget Sound is #24.

Willamette is at home on Saturday, Oct. 7, for a Northwest Conference game against Pacific University, starting at 12 p.m. (PDT). The Bearcats will travel to Tacoma, Wash., for an NWC game at Pacific Lutheran University on Sunday,
Oct. 8 at 12 p.m. (PDT).

This season, the Bearcats have recorded eight shutouts and have allowed a total of just two goals. WU ranks sixth in NCAA Division III with a team goals against average of 0.196. Willamette has put together four consecutive shutout wins, while extending its shutout streak to 447:16. The last goal scored against the Bearcats was early in WU’s 3-1 win at Whitworth on Sept. 17.

Goalkeeper Kari Woody (Sr., Boise, ID/Timberline HS) has achieved a goals against average of 0.206 to rank eighth nationally in Division III. She has registered seven solo shutouts and one shared shutout, while earning 36 saves. She has played 875 of the team’s 920 minutes and has received the NWC Defensive Player of the Week award two times this year.