Sept. 1, 2011
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -
Goalkeeper Jamie Arthurs (Jr., Richland) had eight saves to lead a stout defensive effort as the Western Washington University women's soccer team played nationally No.2 ranked UC San Diego to a 0-0 tie in overtime Thursday night at Orca Field on the campus of Whatcom CC. The non-conference contest was the season opener for both schools.
UCSD, which was rated second in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/NCAA Division II Preseason Top 25 and reached the national championship game last season, had a 21-8 advantage in shot attempts, but the Vikings held out to earn the draw.
"I'm really proud," said Western coach Travis Connell. "We had a lot of injuries, some players out, others playing injured, half our team taped up, but we found a way."
The Vikings even had the best chance of overtime. In the 101st minute, a shot by Alicia Patten (Sr., Seattle/Holy Names) deflected into the path of Emily Frankland (Sr., Sammamish/Skyline), whose first-time strike from 10 yards grazed the outside of the right post.
"We were dangerous on the counter," said Connell. "We gave ourselves some chances to win."
UCSD had most of the good opportunities in regulation. The Tritons nearly scored in the 15th minute, when after a series of corner kicks, Hayley Johnson put a corner directly on goal and Arthurs was forced to push the shot off the far post.
UCSD's Cassie Callahan had a pair of good chances in the second half, forcing Arthurs to tip one shot over the bar in the 51st minute, then putting a 25-yard attempt off the bar in the 83rd.
"Jamie played a steady game, she made all the saves she needed to make, and Alicia Patten was fantastic in providing defensive leadership," Connell said.
Patten teamed with Kayla Russ (So., Puyallup/Bellarmine) in central defense, while Emily Warman (Sr. Sedro-Woolley) and Katherine Miccile (Fr., Kent/Kentlake), in her first collegiate game, provided stellar efforts at outside back.
"Our outside backs can shut people down," Connell said. "It allows us to do a lot of things when they can be alone defending on an island and get the job done."
Western plays host to Chico State on Saturday (11 a.m.).
Western Washington vs. UC San Diego
Date: 09/01/11 Attendance: 107
Goals by Period 1 2 OT Total
UC San Diego 0 0 0 --- 0
Western Washington 0 0 0 --- 0
Shots: Western Washington 8, UCSD 21
Corner kicks: Western Washington 4, UCSD 11
Fouls: Western Washington 25, UCSD 7
Saves: Western Washington 8 (Arthurs 8), UCSD 1 (Armstrong 1)