Falcons earn two more wins

The Seattle Pacific women’s soccer team plays away from home as dominantly as it plays in its home stadium. Over the last four seasons, the Falcons have amassed a record of 38-6-1 in all contests on the road. In these games, the Falcons have outscored their opponents 87-32.

Last week, Seattle Pacific overcame Saint Martin’s for the second time this season. In the first meeting between the two, SPU managed a 3-0 victory. This time, the Falcons handed the Saints their seventh loss of the season by a score of 2-0.

“We left no doubt about being the better team,” head coach Chuck Sekyra said. “The team has been really focused [as] of late.”

The win firmly places SPU at the top of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference standings, with 27 points, ahead of Central Washington (20). Montana State Billings sits in third (19).

Senior forward and captain Brandi Hamre scored her third goal of the season in the 32nd minute of the match against Saint Martin’s. Freshman midfielder Riley Dopps scored for SPU in the 46th minute to put the game out of reach. Dopps’ goal was assisted by junior forward Megan Lindsay.

Dopps has three goals and three assists this season. She ranks fifth on the team, tied with Hamre in terms of offensive points (nine) and she has scored three goals in the last four games.

The Falcons defeated Western Oregon 3-0 on Saturday. Sophomore forward Kellie Zakrzewski scored in the 28th minute on an assist by senior midfielder Kelsey Jenkins. Jenkins leads the GNAC in assists with eight.

Zakrzewski scored an unassisted goal 10 minutes later. She shares the lead for most goals with Lindsay.

Sophomore defender Mackenzie Laird scored the final goal in the second half in the 68th minute. She was assisted by Hamre.

After sitting, due to injury, for substantial minutes in the games immediately prior, Hamre played the majority of the games against Saint Martin’s and Western Oregon.

“[Hamre] played really well. She was dangerous against our last two opponents,” Sekyra said.

The Falcons have allowed only three goals in conference play this season and shut out their last four opponents. Senior goalkeeper Brooke Yokers anchors the defense in goal. She has allowed only one goal in 483 minutes this season and has a conference-leading 0.19 goals-against average.

“She does a great job communicating and directing things back there,” Sekyra said.

The SPU defense boasts the GNAC Player of the Week: junior defender Taylor Sawyer. Sawyer is a two-time All-American, and this is her second Player of the Week honor of the year.

“She’s reading the game, winning balls and a two-time All American,” Sekyra said.

Sawyer has contributed one goal this season in addition to her defensive presence.

On the defensive performance of his team as a whole, Sekyra said, “Goalkeeping has been terrific, but we are defending very well.”

The wins against Saint Martin’s and Western Oregon kicked off the longest streak of away matches all season for the Falcons. They will not return to Interbay until the final regular-season game against Central Washington on Nov. 5. Sekyra was pleased with the Falcons’ run of success on the road.

“It’s not bad to get the team together away. There’s a lot to do at home, but sometimes it’s good to get together away from home,” he said.

The Falcons have a chance to continue their success on the road against Northwest Nazarene tomorrow and, Saturday, Montana State Billings, who handed the Falcons their only in-conference loss.

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Title: Falcons earn two more wins | Author: Brandon Bergfalk | Section: Sports | Published Date: 2011-10-26 | Internal ID: 7838