October 15, 2018

How the West was Won - Week 7

By Ryan Bascue

Entering the final two weeks (already…how is that possible?), with the predictable exception of the SCAC, the top spot in each conference is up for grabs with multiple contenders. Berths in the conference tournaments, again with an SCAC exception, remain unsettled and likely may stay that way until the final weekend.

The West Region has two of the remaining ten undefeated women's teams in the country and were 46 seconds from having a third until the Occidental Tigers (7-1-4 /-1-4) gave up the winner to the Redlands Bulldogs (8-4-1 / 7-2-1) in the final minute of second overtime on Saturday.

Player(s) of the Week; Week Six

In the ASC, Offensive Player of the Week honors went to Hardin-Simmons (10-1-1 / 7-0-1) freshman, Randie Dennison scored a pair of game winners for the Cowgirls including one in the fifth minute against Louisiana College (1-10-1 / 0-7-1). She then followed that performance with a hat trick against Belhaven (2-11-1 / 1-7-0). This week’s Defensive Player of the Week honors were shared by a pair of goalkeepers, Texas-Dallas (13-0-1 / 7-0-1), Monica Dallacasa and McMurry’s (5-8-1 / 3-4-1) Cindy Villasana. Dallacasa recorded a pair of shutouts against Mary Hardin-Baylor (8-3-2 / 7-1-0) and Concordia (Texas) (5-7-0 / 4-4-0). Villasana also recorded back to back shut outs against Belhaven and then Louisiana College.

In the NWC, Sofia Ellington of Whitman (3-10-1 / 3-7-0) claimed Offensive Player of the Week. Ellington notched a pair of goals against Lewis & Clark (3-9-2 / 1-8-1). Then she was credited with two assists and an...

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How the West was Won

 

How the West was Won provides coverage of Division III women's soccer in the NCAA West region, which with 41 has the fewest women's teams of the eight NCAA regions but which clearly covers the largest acreage. There are no Division III programs in several of the "Western" states while Johnson and Wales - Denver in year one of the provisional membership is Colorado's first. Texas (16) and California (11) account for most of the teams and adding the NWC programs in Oregon (5) and Washington (4) brings the total to 36 of the 41 teams in the region. ASC, NWC, SCAC and SCIAC are the confernces in the West region.

 

Each week the more significant results of the previous week are discussed, along with impressions and analysis, followed by the selection of a game to keep an eye on in the week ahead.

Columnist

Ryan Bascue

 

Ryan Bascue is a Hardin-Simmons University graduate (Communications, 2015; MBA in Sports Management, 2017). While at HSU, he worked for the entire spectrum of HSU Athletics while playing football. After football season, he worked for the sports information department as a student assistant for three years. While a graduate assistant, Ryan, had the opportunity to refine his sports knowledge and game-day management skills with responsibility for general day to day operations that come with working for a collegiate athletic department. [see full bio]

 

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