WWU improves to 3-0-0 with 3-0 win over Dixie State
Sept. 14, 2013
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Western Washington University posted its third consecutive shutout, defeating Dixie State University, 3-0, on Saturday in women's soccer action at Orca Field on the Whatcom CC campus.
Brianna Jones (Jr., Bonney Lake), Kristin Maris (Sr., Issaquah) and Diana Pollock (Sr., Bellevue/Eastlake) had goals for the Vikings, ranked No.7 nationally in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, as they improved to 3-0-0. Dixie State fell to 0-2-1.
WWU had a 23-8 advantage in shots for the game, including a 14-4 edge in the first half, but didn't reach the scoreboard until the 44th minute, when Jones headed in an Elise Aylward (Fr., Renton/Lindbergh) corner kick.
The margin doubled in the 49th minute as Brina Sych (Sr., Vancouver/Union) dribbled 60 yards down the right side and fired in a cross that Maris headed in from seven yards.
Pollock completed the scoring with just under seven minutes left, hitting a blast from 35 yards out that started left then bent back into the upper right corner, the senior's first career goal.
"We had a lot of kids come in and do good things today," said WWU coach Travis Connell (11th year, 124-59-19). "Diana scored a great goal. We still need to do a better job of finishing chances, we're leaving too many goals out there. But it's early in the season and we can keep working on that."
Alyssa Beauchamp (Sr., Mountain View) needed to make just two saves in extending her shutout string to 270 minutes. The toughest save came off a shot by Jennifer Mason in the 55th minute.
WWU is 15-1-1 in its last 17 home games, a 1-0 loss to Seattle Pacific on Oct. 27, 2012, being the only blemish.
The Vikings next begin defense of their Great Northwest Athletic Conference championship with two road games, traveling to Northwest Nazarene on Thursday, Sept. 19 (1 p.m.) and Montana State Billings on Saturday, Sept. 21 (3 p.m.).
Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 Bellingham, Wash., Orca Field, Whatcom CC campus
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