Sept. 21, 2013
BILLINGS, Mont. -
Western Washington University gave up its first goal of the season, an own goal, but remained unbeaten with a 4-1 victory over Montana State University Billings in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's soccer contest Saturday at Yellowjacket Field on the MSUB campus.
The Vikings, ranked No.4 nationally in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, improved to 5-0-0 overall and 2-0-0 in league play.
MSUB fell to 2-1-1 overall and 1-1-0 in conference action.
"That's the way it goes sometimes," said WWU coach Travis Connell (11th year, 126-59-19) of the own goal. "In a lot of ways it's nice, because it gets it out of the way. We don't have to worry about the shutout, we just have to worry about playing soccer well."
Catherine Miles (So., Anacortes) put WWU ahead 1-0 in the 16th minute, scoring off a scramble in the box as Brina Sych (Sr., Vancouver/Union) was credited with an assist.
MSUB tied it at 1-1 in the 29th minute when a Viking defender passed the ball back to goalkeeper Alyssa Beauchamp (Sr., Vancouver/Mountain View), who was advancing too fast and overplayed it.
"We bounced right back which is what I expected and that was a good sign for the future," Connell said. "These were tough conditions. It was hot and the game was delayed because the men's game went into overtime, but the girls showed their maturity as I expected and went to work and got a good result."
The Vikings went ahead to stay in the 43rd minute when freshman Erin Russell (Briar/Mountlake Terrace) scored her first collegiate goal from 15 yards off the goalkeeper's hand after receiving a pass from Delanee Nilles (So., Poulsbo/North Kitsap).
WWU scored twice in the final 10 minutes. Miles scored her second goal of the game from 10 yards in the 83rd minute on a cross from Elise Aylward (Fr., Renton Lindbergh). In the 89th minute, Kristin Maris (Sr., Issaquah) scored an unassisted goal.
Connell praised the play of midfielder Kim Cooper (Jr., Bellingham).
"She was incredible today as she has been on this road trip. Her energy and defending were vital to our success.
WWU outshot the Yellowjackets 17-5 and had an 8-0 advantage in corner kicks.
Beauchamp made four saves for WWU.
The Vikings next host Western Oregon University on Thursday, Sept. 26 (3 p.m.) in a GNAC counter at Orca Field on the Whatcom CC campus.
Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013
Billings, Mont., Yellowjacket Field, MSUB campus
Western Washington 4, Montana State Billings 1
Scoring - 1. WWU, Catherine Miles (Brina Sych), 15:35;
2. MSUB, Own goal, 28:35; 3. WWU, Erin Russell (Delanee Nilles),
42:08; 4. WWU, Catherine Miles (Elise Aylward), 82:34;
5. WWU, Kristin Maris (unassisted), 88:59.
Shots - WWU 17, MSUB 5
Saves - WWU 4 (Alyssa Beauchamp 4); MSUB 6 (Kaylee Kimmet 5, Team 1).
Corner kicks - WWU 8, MSUB 0
Fouls - WWU 12, MSUB 12
Next Game: WWU vs. Western Oregon on Thu., Sept. 26 (3 p.m.) at Orca Field on Whatcom CC campus