BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- Junior forward Karli White scored twice and the No.-1 ranked Western Washington University women's soccer team recorded its fourth consecutive shutout with a 4-0 victory over visiting Simon Fraser in Great Northwest Athletic Conference action on Thursday evening at Harrington Field.
WWU (6-0-0, 2-0-0 GNAC) extended its win streak to 30 games (4th-longest in NCAA II history) and upped its unbeaten streak to 31 games (8th-longest in NCAA II history) while winning a 26th consecutive home game (tied for 11th-longest in NCAA II history). Simon Fraser dropped to 2-4-0 overall and 0-2-0 in conference action.
White (North Bend, WA, Mount Si/Seattle U.) recorded her second consecutive two-goal game, scoring the first WWU goal in the 29th minute before helping the Vikings double the lead with a second goal in the 52nd minute. WWU added a pair of late goals from sophomore forward Liv Larson (Arlington, WA) and sophomore forward Emily Bunnell (Kirkland, WA, Lake Washington) during the 83rd minute to bolster the lead.
The first WWU goal came with assists from junior forward Gabriela Pelogi (Federal Way, WA) and freshman forward Zoe Milburn (Maple Valley, WA/Tahoma) as White received a pass in the 18-yard box, took one touch to her right and scored from 10 yards away for her fifth goal of the season.
White scored an unassisted goal during the 52nd minute, beating defenders from near the top of the 18-yard box and firing a shot from the left side of the box to the far post for a 2-0 WWU advantage. White's sixth goal of the season tied her with Pelogi for the conference lead in goals, while the forwards are also tied for the GNAC lead with 16 points apiece.
Larson built the lead to 3-0 with her fifth goal of the year in the 83rd minute, taking a pass from junior midfielder Sophia Kallas (Boise, Idaho) and scoring to the upper-right corner of the net from near the top of the box.
Bunnell netted her first goal of the season in the 83rd minute as well, after a cross from Larson went off the goalkeeper's hands and found the feet of Bunnell for the close-range finish.
In addition to finishing with a goal and an assist, Larson also nearly gave WWU a lead in the 19th minute with a shot that went off the crossbar. Larson has 3 goals and 2 assists over her last two games while White has totaled 4 goals and 2 assists in the last two contests.
The Vikings outshot the Clan 26-5 and had 5 corner kick opportunities while holding Simon Fraser without a corner kick. The Vikings totaled 9 shots on goal while the Clan put 3 shots on target.
Senior goalkeeper Ashley Homer (Puyallup, WA/College of Saint Rose) made 3 saves during the shutout effort. The WWU defense has held opponents without a goal for the last 394:27 of game play during its streak of four straight shutout victories.
Simon Fraser goalkeeper Priya Sandhu finished with 5 saves for the Clan.
WWU heads to Saint Martin's for its first conference road game of the season on Saturday, facing the Saints at 1 pm. The Vikings will play two more road games at Central Washington (Sept. 28) and Montana State Billings (Sept. 30) before returning home in early October.
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