Sept. 1, 2012
BELMONT, Calif. - Three Western Washington University freshmen scored their first collegiate goals and goalkeeper Jamie Arthurs (Sr., Richland) recorded the 24th shutout of her four-year career as the Vikings bounced back with a 4-0 win over Notre Dame de Namur University in a West Region women's soccer contest Saturday at Koret Field.
The Vikings, who lost 1-0 at nationally No.4-ranked Chico State in their season opener Thursday, evened their record at 1-1-0. NDNU, which debuted with a 3-1 loss to No.19 Seattle Pacific, dropped to 0-2-0.
"We were looking to get a bounce back performance and we got that," said WWU head coach Travis Connell (10th year), who recorded his 103rd victory, three shy of the school record. "I was very pleased with how we performed and not just because of the score. The score was indicative of how we controlled the game offensively and defensively. We were much better at keeping the ball out of the back and we obviously finished some chances."
Arthurs, who made two saves, needs eight shutouts to reach the WWU standard. She has posted a school record tying 11 in each of the last two seasons.
"Jamie made a nice save with around 10 minutes to go to preserve the shutout," Connell said. "We just drastically dominated the shots so she didn't have a lot to do. That's because we defended well in the middle of the field."
The trio of first-year Vikings scoring included Catherine Miles (Anacortes) in the ninth minute, Delanee Nilles (Poulsbo/North Kitsap) in the 37th minute and Jessica Bertucci (Bellingham/Sehome) in the 74th minute. Ashton Griffen (Jr., Duvall/Cedarcrest) assisted on Miles' goal and Anna Geldenhuys (Jr., Bellevue/Sammamish) on the goals by Nilles and Bertucci.
WWU's Joana Houplin (Sr., Olympia) completed the scoring on a penalty kick with less than two minutes remaining.
The Vikings had 22-6 advantage in shots.
WWU plays its home opener Thursday (7:30 p.m.) against Hawaii Pacific University at Orca Field on the campus of Whatcom Community College.
Western Washington vs. Notre Dame de Namur Date: 09/01/12 Attendance: 105 Goals by Period 1 2 Total Western Washington 2 2 --- 4 Notre Dame de Namur 0 0 --- 0 SCORING SUMMARY: WWU - Miles (Griffen), 8:50 WWU - Nilles (Geldenhuys) 36:04 WWU - Bertucci (Geldenhuys), 73:20 WWU - Houplin (penalty kick), 88:36 Shots: Western Washington 22, NDNU 6 Corner kicks: Western Washington 1, NDNU 2 Fouls: Western Washington 9, NDNU 14 Saves: Western Washington 2 (Arthurs 2), NDNU 4 (Tuurgeon 2, Rich 0, Berryman 2)
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