Western dominates, but fails to score in 1-0 loss at Humboldt State

Amy Bouska

Sept. 13, 2004

ARCATA, Calif. - Despite dominating virtually every aspect of the game, Western Washington University fell 1-0 to Humboldt State University in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's soccer contest Monday.

The Vikings, who fell to 3-3-0 overall and 1-1-0 league, had a 13-5 edge in shots and a 9-1 advantage in corner kicks. Humboldt State improved to 5-2-0 overall and 1-1-0 league.

It's very disappointing because we played really well," said Western coach Travis Connell. "We completely dominated every part of the game except scoring. We outshot them, out corner kicked them, and had possession probably 80 percent of the game. We created lots of chances, but we just couldn't get it in the goal."

The only goal of the contest came in the 24th minute when the Lumberjacks' Lacey Lewis stole a pass 20 yards outside the Western goal. She dribbled the ball through the middle of the box, had her first shot blocked, but tipped the rebound back into the open net.

"It was like their one chance in the first half and they scored," Connell said. "It was definitely against the run of play when they scored, so that was a little disappointing."

The Vikings' best scoring chance came in the 80th minute when Amy Bouska (Sr., Des Moines/Mount Rainier) rattled the crossbar with a shot from 20 yards out. Chela Gray (Jr., Kaneohe, HI/Iolani) twice hit the post with shots for Western.

Humboldt State goalkeeper Staci Self had an outstanding performance, making four saves.

The Vikings have now been blanked three times this season, and three of their six goals have been scored by the opposition.

Western is at Seattle Pacific University on Wednesday (7 p.m.), then hosts Northwest Nazarene University on Saturday (2 p.m.) at the Blaine Pipeline Complex. Both games are GNAC counters.

Western Washington vs. Humboldt State
Date: 9/13/04  Attendance: 81
Goals by Period     	1   2  Total
Western Washington	0   0    0
Humboldt State		1   0	 1
HSU - Lacey, 23:56
Shots: Western 13, Humboldt State 5
Corner Kicks: Western 9, Humboldt State 1
Saves: Western 1 (Fish 1), Humboldt State 5 (Self 4, Team 1)