Western Washington could be the sleeper favorite of this Final Four. The Vikings are on a 20-match unbeaten streak heading into the national semifinal vs. Grand Valley and have not lost since a 2-1 setback Sept. 9 at Humboldt State. Since then, the Vikings have outscored their opponents 51-9. Their 20-match unbeaten streak is tied for the second-longest in program history. WWU (21-1-1) advanced to the Final Four with a run that included a win over Azusa Pacific 1-0 to win the West Regional Championship and then advanced to the Final Four with a 3-1 win over Dallas Baptist.
The Vikings are making their second Final Four appearance, having been here in 2013, and have made four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, going 76-8-6 (.905) from 2012-15. They have never played semifinal opponent Grand Valley State.
Coach Travis Connell was the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.
The Vikings have given up just 11 goals in 23 games and on its run through the NCAA tournament WWU allowed just one goal in three games. The leader in the back is Great Northwest Athletic Conference Defender of the Year Delanee Nilles.
WWU has the 9th toughest defense in the country, allowing 0.471 goals per game.