WWU rebounds with 6-0 win over Simon Fraser
Sept. 23, 2012
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Freshman forward Catherine Miles (Anacortes) scored two goals and assisted on another as Western Washington University blanked Simon Fraser University, 6-0, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's soccer game Sunday night at Orca Field on the campus of Whatcom CC.
The Vikings, who were coming off a tough 2-1 loss at Seattle Pacific on Thursday, improved to 6-2-0 overall and 3-1-0 in conference play. They have won six of their last seven games, five of them shutouts.
The shutout was WWU's ninth straight at home and the 13th in its last 15 home matches (10-1-4).
Simon Fraser fell to 1-6-0 overall and 0-4-0 in GNAC play with its fifth straight loss.
"I was really happy with our energy today," said WWU coach Travis Connell (10th year, 108-57-19), whose team had a 32-4 shot advantage. "You could tell the girls were motivated and that they wanted to send a message and they certainly did. They performed really well today."
WWU scored 38 seconds into the contest as Miles beat the Clan goalkeeper to a thru ball and crossed to Kristin Maris (Jr., Issaquah), who deposited it in the empty net. It was the team-leading fifth goal of the season for Maris.
In the 17th minute, those two players reversed roles, Miles scoring on a 12-yard chip shot as Maris was credited with an assist.
Miles scored an unassisted goal in the 22nd minute, heading in a rebound from eight yards, and Delanee Nilles (Fr., Poulsbo/North Kitsap) blasted in a 21-yarder in the 25th minute as the Vikings led 4-0 at halftime.
The goals by Miles were her third and fourth of the year.
"She can be very explosive, and when she's feeling it like today, then it's hard for defenses to stop us," Connell said. "She was involved with a lot today, and that's exactly what we want."
WWU scored twice within six minutes in the second half. Brianna Jones (So., Bonney Lake) knocked in a rebound of a free kick by Joana Houplin (Sr., Olympia) in the 63rd minute and Katherine Miccile (So., Kent/Kentlake) hit from 20 yards in the 69th minute.
The Vikings' six goals were their second-highest total in a game over the last seven seasons. They had seven against Western Oregon in 2010.
WWU has not allowed Simon Fraser a goal in the last six meetings (4-0-2). The Vikings entertain Northwest Nazarene on Thursday (7:30 p.m.)
Sunday, September 23, 2012 Orca Field - Whatcom CC/Bellingham, Wash.
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