WWU remains undefeated, opens GNAC play with 3-0 win at NNU
Sept. 19, 2013
NAMPA, Id. - Western Washington University scored all of its goals in the first half and did not allow a shot on goal in beginning defense of its league championship with a 3-0 win over Northwest Nazarene University in women's soccer action Thursday at the NNU Soccer Field.
The game was the Great Northwest Athletic Conference opener for both schools.
The Vikings, ranked No.4 nationally in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, improved to 4-0-0 and have not allowed a goal this season. NNU fell to 1-3-0.
"I was happy we started the game off well," said WWU coach Travis Connell (11th year, 125-59-19). "We're getting off to good starts and played a very good first half. We applied pressure, created chances, and scored goals which enabled us to play a lot of players and work on a lot of things."
Freshman Caitlyn Jobanek (Springfield, OR/Thurston) began the scoring for WWU with a rocket from 25 yards in the 16th minute. In the 30th minute, Brianna Jones (Jr., Bonney Lake) headed in a corner kick by Ashton Griffen (Sr., Duvall/Cedarcrest).
WWU scored again in the 41st minute when Stephanie Hamilton (So., Orting/Bellarmine Prep) found the net from 10 yards on a one-on-one opportunity set up by Catherine Miles (So., Anacortes) and Anna Geldenhuys (Sr., Bellevue/Sammamish).
The Vikings had a 16-2 advantage in shots and a 4-3 edge in corner kicks.
It is seventh straight time that WWU has blanked the Crusaders.
The Vikings next are at Montana State Billings on Saturday, Sept. 21 (3 p.m.) for a GNAC counter.
Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 Nampa, Id., NNU Soccer Field, NNU campus
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