Women's Soccer Headlines Memorable Autumn With
Fourth Consecutive GNAC Championship
IT’S BEEN AN AUTUMN TO REMEMBER as
four Seattle Pacific University teams were nationally
ranked since September.
For the second year in a row, the women’s soccer team
finished the regular season unbeaten and ranked No. 2 in the
nation. Winning their fourth consecutive GNAC championship
and their first regional title, the Falcons advanced to the
Final Four, December
1 and 3 in Wichita Falls, Texas. Meanwhile,
men’s soccer (15-3-3) returned to the playoffs for a
Division II record 29th time and was ranked as high as No.
3 nationally. They advanced to the Far West Regional championship
game before being eliminated in overtime,
2–1, by Cal State Dominguez Hills.
Chris Johnson led 16th-ranked women’s volleyball (22-6)
to a postseason berth and the GNAC title in his first year
as coach. Women’s cross country, ranked No. 13 in the
nation, won the conference, and Meredith Crane earned a trip
to the NCAA Championships.
Early indications are that the basketball season
could again extend well into March. SPU was installed as the
GNAC women’s favorite. New coach Julie van Beek has
four starters back from the team that was national runner-up
last year. The men look strong following a 20-win season and
NCAA tournament berth.
Both basketball teams were in action December 3 for the Oak
Harbor Freight Lines Challenge in Brougham Pavilion. Gymnastics
begins its season January 20 with three All-Americans in the
lineup, including three-time national champion Debra Huss.
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