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This Week In WAC Women's Soccer - Oct. 23

This Week In WAC Women's Soccer - Oct. 23
Seattle U's Leahi Manthei and CSU Bakersfield's Jordan Bertram have been named the Western Athletic Conference Women's Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, for Oct. 15-21.
Manthei, a sophomore forward from Gig Harbor, Wash. (Gig Harbor), led the Redhawks in a key victory over Kansas City. Seattle U defeated Kansas City 3-1 for their first conference loss of the season. Manthei assisted the first goal of the game to give Seattle U a 1-0 lead. She went on to score a goal in the 78th minute to stretch the lead.
Bertram, a junior goalkeeper from Gig Harbor, Wash. (Gig Harbor), helped CSU Bakersfield shutout California Baptist and NM State. Bertram had four saves against the Lancers in a 1-0 victory. She also had four saves in a 2-0 win over NM State. With the two wins CSU Bakersfield sealed the deal on a spot in the WAC Tournament.
Other offensive nominees:  Aminah Settles of CSU Bakersfield scored the game-winning goal against California Baptist and had one against NM State… Kansas City's Rylan Childers scored her sixth goal in conference play which leads the WAC and netted the game-winner against Utah Valley… Brylee Hawkins of Grand Canyon scored the Lopes lone goal over the weekend in a win against NM State… UT Rio Grande Valley's Jada Maclean posted a pair of goals in a two-win weekend.
Other defensive nominees: Chicago State's Audra Wisehart produced 12 saves against UT Rio Grande Valley… Abby Burton of Grand Canyon posted two shutouts and 13 saves in win and a double-overtime tie… Seattle U's Ariana Romero made six saves and allowed just one goal in a win over Kansas City… Katherine Stokely of UT Rio Grande Valley led their defense in allowing just two shots on goal and zero goals in two matches… Utah Valley's Linley Brown anchored the defense and helped limit opponents to just one goal in two matches.
For the second weekend in a row UT Rio Grande Valley picked up the weekend sweep. CSU Bakersfield also added two more tallies in their win column. UT Rio Grande Valley defeated Chicago State 2-0 and followed with a 1-0 shutout over California Baptist. CSU Bakersfield also shutout California Baptist 1-0 and NM State 2-0. 
The six teams competing in the WAC Tournament are officially set. Kansas City, UT Rio Grande Valley, Seattle U, Grand Canyon, Utah Valley, and CSU Bakersfield make up the teams competing in post-season play. The seeding is yet to be determined. 
UT Rio Grande Valley set a program record for most win in a season with 11. They also set the program record for most conference wins in a season with five. 
Seattle U handed Kansas City their first loss in WAC play on Sunday afternoon. The Redhawks defeated Kansas City 3-1 scoring the first goals on the Roos since conference play started.  
Kansas City continues their reign over the team leader categories. The Roos have tallied 336 shots on the season and 120 points. They average 2.22 goals and assists per game with 40 each on the season. California Baptist continues to allow the fewest goals with just .82 per game and 14 on the season. 
Individually, Lexie Howard of Kansas City has the most shots with 80 and averages 4.44 per game. Teammate Rylan Childers has 27 points to lead the WAC but Seattle U's Jessie Ray averages the most per game with 1.82. Ray also has the best goals per game average with .64 and UT Rio Grande Valley's Emily Zapata leads the WAC in total goals with ten. Rylan Childers has added up 11 assists throughout the year averaging .61 assists per game. 
Chicago State is the only WAC team ranked in the top ten in statistics throughout Division I. The Cougars are ranked second in saves per game averaging 10.75. They are also second in shot accuracy at .590.
WAC schools still have individuals ranked in five separate categories. Rylan Childers of Kansas City is ninth in assists per game averaging .61 and is third in total assists with 11. Kansas City's Lexie Howard is just an assist behind with ten and ranked seventh. UT Rio Grande Valley's Emily Zapata is tenth with five game-winning goals. Goalkeeper Abby Burton of Grand Canyon has totaled 1765:34 minutes between the posts to rank fifth. Chicago State's Judith Sorribes averages 9.56 saves per game, second best in Division I. 
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. 
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.
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.
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.