College notebook: Falcons’ Dickinson garners GNAC award as shutouts pile up

Skyview graduate one blanking away from school record

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Maddie Dickinson was rewarded for being stingy.

Seattle Pacific’s senior goalkeeper, who has surrendered just one goal in more than 579 minutes of play this season, was named Great Northwest Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week award for women’s soccer for the week of Sept. 5-11.

The Skyview High School graduate compiled 11 saves and allowed a single goal during a pair of overtime games in Hawai’i, helping the Falcons complete their non-conference schedule with a 3-0-1 record.

She stopped six shots and registered her third shutout in a scoreless tie with Brigham Young-Hawai’i on Sept. 8. On Sept. 11 against Hawai’i Pacific, Dickinson was credited with five saves in SPU’s 1-0 double-overtime win.

“Maddie was awesome,” SPU coach Chuck Seykra told spufalcons.com after the BYU-Hawai’i game. “She came off the line well and had a one-versus-one save to stop a goal.”

Dickinson leads the GNAC with a goals-against average of 0.16 and a save percentage of .952. She has five shutouts this season and 24 for her career, one short of the SPU school record held by Jennifer Hull, who blanked 25 opponents from 2001-04. The GNAC record is 31 by Teresa Fish of Western Washington (2003-05, 2007). She was an all-region selection last season after recording nine shutouts and a goals-against average of 0.57 in 2009.

The Falcons — who are ranked No. 8 in the National Soccer Coaches Association/HendrickCars.com poll — finished 16-3-2 last season, winning the program’s sixth GNAC championship.

Cavaliers No. 2 with Clark County help

The Concordia University women’s soccer team has not allowed a goal in eight games this season, slipping to No. 2 in the latest National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics rankings with a 7-0-1 record.

The Cavaliers won their first seven games before a scoreless tie Saturday against No. 7 Martin Methodist on a neutral field at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Mo.

Concordia was No. 1 in the previous poll before the tie.

Concordia’s roster includes senior midfielder Sami Andrews (Camas High School), sophomore midfielder Kailey Anderson (Ridgefield High School) and a pair of Camas residents who graduated from Portland’s Central Catholic High School in sophomore midfielder Adrienne Lommasson and freshman forward Shelby Bloodworth.

“I’m really proud of our team,” coach Grant Landy told gocugo.com. “They played back-to-back games 2,000 miles away from home against Top 10 teams and did not give up a goal. I’m extremely happy with their effort.”

Concordia opened the KELME Classic tournament with a 1-0 win over the host school Friday.

Concordia plays host to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at 2 p.m. Sunday at Delta Park in Portland.

After four road games, the Cavaliers conclude the regular season with five games at home — although one is a “road” game against Warner Pacific College at David Douglas High School.

Locals help WWU to unbeaten start

Unbeaten in the program’s last 13 games, the Western Washington women’s soccer team is in a three-way tie atop the Great Northwest Athletic Conference standings.

The Vikings (5-0-1 this season) are 10-0-3 in their last 13 games dating to last season. The team was not invited to the NCAA Division II postseason after an 11-4-4 season last year. Western has allowed only two goals in six games, and tops the GNAC statistics in every offensive category, including shots (15.17 a game), points (7.17), goals (2.50) and assists (2.17).

Western’s roster inclues freshman goalkeeper Ashley Haden (Hockinson High School), freshman defender Melinda Hunsaker (Columbia River High School), freshman defender Kiva Stevens (Columbia River), freshman midfielder Brina Sych (Union High School), sophomore goalkeeper Alyssa Beauchamp (Mountain View High School) and senior defender Keller Haden (Hockinson).

Sych has scored one goal this season, netting the game-winner with the opening tally of a 7-0 rout over Western Oregon in the team’s GNAC opener Thursday — the only goal or assist for any of the Clark County players. Jamie Arthurs, a sophomore from Richland, has played every minute in goal for the Vikings so far this season.

Richards scores in UW win over Zags

Brent Richards ran onto a long pass from Daniel Gray and broke open through the defenders for the first goal of Washington’s 2-0 victory Wednesday over Gonzaga.

A junior forward, the Camas High School graduate is leading the Huskies (4-1-1) with four goals and nine points, and three of the team’s four game-winning goals so far this season.

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