Vikings shut down Hawaii Pacific, 2-0
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Forward Kristin Maris (Jr., Issaquah) scored one goal and assisted on another in a 6:31 span early in the first half, leading Western Washington University to a 2-0 victory over Hawaii Pacific University in a West Region women's soccer contest Thursday at Orca Field on the campus of Whatcom Community College.
The Vikings improved to 2-1-0 with their second consecutive win and HPU dropped to 1-2-0 with its second straight loss.
Maris set up freshman Jessica Bertucci's (Bellingham/Sehome) first collegiate goal in the seventh minute, playing a through ball that Bertucci finished with her first touch from eight yards out.
"It's always good to get a win," said WWU coach Travis Connell, who picked up his 104th career victory, just two short of the school record held by Dominic Garguile (1981-90). "I was happy we were able to create space and then use that space, which created more chances."
WWU goalkeeper Jamie Arthurs (Sr., Richland) made two saves in recording the 25th shutout of her career. Her first save of the contest didn't come until the 63rd minute, when she saved a 1-on-1 attempt by KaUa Wall.
It was the seventh straight home game that WWU has not allowed a goal, and the 11th shutout in its last 13 home matches.
The Vikings had a 21-6 advantage in shots.
"We were more deliberate than we've been in other games," Connell said. "We're moving in the right direction, we created more chances, now we just need to finish more of them."
Arthurs ranks second among Viking career shutout leaders, trailing only Teresa Fish (2003-05, 2007), who finished with 31. Arthurs has had a school-record tying 11 shutouts in each of the last two seasons. WWU had not played Hawaii Pacific since 2000 and now holds a 3-0 series edge.
WWU entertains Azusa Pacific on Saturday (2 p.m.). The two teams have met just once previously, the Vikings winning 2-0 in 1994.
Western Washington vs. Hawaii Pacific Date: 09/06/12 Attendance: 127 Goals by Period 1 2 Total Hawaii Pacific 0 0 --- 0 Western Washington 2 0 --- 2 SCORING SUMMARY: WWU - Bertucci (Maris), 6:55 WWU - Maris (Hamilton, Sych) 13:23 Shots: Western Washington 21, HPU 6 Corner kicks: Western Washington 3, HPU 0 Fouls: Western Washington 11, HPU 9 Saves: Western Washington 2 (Arthurs 2), HPU 5 (Kaiwi 5)
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