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This Week In WAC Women's Soccer - Sept. 25

This Week In WAC Women's Soccer - Sept. 25
 
 
CBU'S FELIX AND UTRGV'S SZEMIK NAMED PLAYERS OF THE WEEK 
California Baptist's Desarae Felix and UT Rio Grande Valley's Kinga Szemik have been named the Western Athletic Conference Women's Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, for Sept 17-23.
 
Felix, a senior midfielder from Norco, Calif. (Corona), finished the week with three goals and an assist. She led California Baptist to two wins. In a match against Hope International, Felix scored two goals and assisted another for a 3-1 victory. She then lifted the Lancers to a 3-2 win over Cal Poly to extend their unbeaten overtime streak with a goal in the 104th minute of play. Felix currently leads her team and is placed second in the conference with seven goals on the year.
 
Szemik, a junior goalkeeper from Pietrzykowice, Bielsko, Poland, recorded her first shutout of the season in a match against Omaha. She helped UTRGV to a 1-0 victory with five saves. Szemik has made 33 saves and allowed only ten goals on the season. This is her third time being named WAC Defensive Player of the Week this season. 
 
Other offensive nominees: Claire Nelson of CSU Bakersfield added her fourth and fifth career goals in a 2-1 2OT win over University of Pacific… Kansas City's Reighan Childers finished with five points including a game-winning assist in a win against South Dakota… Emily Zapata of UT Rio Grande Valley posted her third game-winning goal of the season in a 1-0 overtime victory against Omaha… Utah Valley's Whitney Paskins scored UVU's first-ever goal against BYU.
 
Other defensive nominees: Hannah Bruce of Utah Valley held down the Wolverine defense in a 3-1 loss to BYU. 
 
WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER
UT Rio Grande Valley and California Baptist swept their competition over the weekend. UTRGV defeated Texas Lutheran 3-1 on Thursday. They then topped Omaha 1-0 in a double overtime match. California Baptist cruised past Hope International 3-1. They also defeated Cal Poly in double overtime, 3-2. CSU Bakersfield snagged a win over the weekend beating Pacific 2-1 in double overtime. Kansas City also earned one win after their Friday match against South Dakota State was cancelled due to weather. The Roos beat South Dakota 3-2. 
 
EXTRA TIME
WAC teams participated in five overtime games this week finishing with a  3-2 record in extra minutes. CSU Bakersfield earned the first of the three when they defeated Pacific 2-1 in the second overtime. UTRGV battled Omaha and won 1-0 in double overtime. California Baptist snagged the final overtime win against Cal Poly, 3-2. Grand Canyon fell short to North Dakota Sate, 3-2, in the first overtime. Seattle U was defeated 1-0 by Portland in extra minutes.
 
STATISTICALLY SPEAKING
California Baptist jumped to the top spot in most shots with 172 and averaging 19.11 a game. Kansas City has still scored the most goals with 24 and tallied the most points at 70. The Roos average 2.40 goals per game and 2.20 assists. CBU has allowed the fewest amount of goals with just seven. Chicago State still claims the top spot in saves with 82 while the Lancers hold the most shutouts with four. 
 
McKenzie Cook of Grand Canyon finds herself with the most shots this season at 50 and averaging 4.17 per game. Kansas City's Kelsey Mothershead has tallied the most points at 21 and a 2.10 per-game average. Mothershead also leads in goals with eight. Lexie Howard of Kansas City totals the most assists with six. California Baptist's Desarae Felix leads with four game-winning goals. Romy Salvador of California Baptist has the best goals against average at .860 and the best save percentage with .821. Grand Canyon's Abby Burton leads in saves with 58 but Audra Wisehart of Chicago State has the best saves-per-game average at 7.86.
 
NCAA STATISTICAL LEADERS 
WAC teams rank in the top ten in one team category and five individual categories in this week's NCAA Statistics. Chicago State is ranked fifth in team saves per game averaging 9.11. Audra Wisehart of Chicago State is eighth best in individual saves per game with 7.86. Ranked third in goalie minutes played, Abby Burton of Grand Canyon has totaled 1115:34 minutes this season. Kansas City's Lexie Howard is fifth in total assists with seven. Kelsey Mothershead of Kansas City is sixth best in total goals with nine and fifth in total points with 23. 
 
NON CONFERENCE PLAY
Overall, WAC teams finished non-conference play with a 31-55-6 record. Teams played four top 25 teams in five different matches and competed in 24 overtime matches. Conference plays starts this week with four matches on Friday and Sunday. 
 
2018 NCAA COLLEGE CUP
The 37th Annual Women's College Cup will be held at Wakamed Soccer Park, Cary, N.C., Nov. 30 and Dec. 2.  Last year's WAC champs, Utah Valley, fell short in their 2017 first round match up against Stanford. The Wolverines were defeated 9-1 by the 2017 National Champions.
 
COLLEGE CUP DATES
First Round (64)
Nov. 9-11, 2018
On campus sites TBD
 
Second Round (32)
Nov. 16, 2018
On campus sites TBD
 
Third Round (16)
Nov. 18, 2017
On campus sites TBD
 
Quarterfinals (8)
Nov. 23-24, 2017
On campus sites TBD
 
Women's College Cup
Nov. 30 and Dec. 2, 2018
Wakemed Soccer Park
Cary, N.C.
 
 
COMING TO YOU LIVE
The WAC Digital Network will broadcast over 60 games this season including all five games of the 2018 WAC Women's Soccer Tournament in Orem, Utah.