LACEY, Wash. - The top-ranked and undefeated Western Washington University women's soccer team continued its winnings ways with a 6-1 road victory over Saint Martin's Saturday afternoon in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play at SMU Soccer Field.
With the victory the Vikings improved to 7-0-0 on the season, including a 5-0 record on the road, and 3-0-0 in GNAC play. WWU also extended its winning streak to 31 consecutive games (4th-longest in NCAA II history) and the defending NCAA Division II national champions are now undefeated in their last 32 games, moving into a tie for 7th in the NCAA II record books. Saint Martin's falls to 0-7-0 on the season and 0-2-0 in league play.
"Today was a good result and we got the opportunity to play a lot of players," said head coach Travis Connell. "It's the blessing of having a deep roster, as we are able to protect and rest some players, while also give others a chance to take the opportunity to be the very best they can be. All these games are important and we have to keep getting better every time we step on the field."
Forward Gabriela Pelogi (Federal Way, WA) continued her dominating junior campaign with a pair of goals, giving her a league-leading 8 goals on the season (in 7 games). She connected on WWU's first goal of the game in the 26th minute, and added her second goal of the game with 3-seconds remaining in the half.
"Gabriela had a really nice first half and continues to have a solid season," said Connell.
The Vikings dominated the early part of the game, but could not connect on any of the 11 shots (4 on goal) in the first 20 minutes. But the tie would be short lived when WWU struck in the 26th minute when White and Pelogi teamed up for the first goal of the game. White drove down the left side of the box, and dumped a perfect pass to Pelogi for her league-leading 7th goal of the season.
Freshman forward Talia Daigle (Edmonds, WA/Archbishop Murphy) extended the lead to 2-0 in the 41st minute, taking a cross from senior defender Malia Maack (Spokane, WA/Mead/New Mexico Highlands) and hitting the back of the net from 7 yards out.
With just three seconds left in the half, Pelogi drilled a ball into the back right of the net off a corner from Maack for her second goal of the game, giving the Vikings a 3-0 halftime lead.
Freshman forward Darby Doyle (Spokane, WA/Gonzaga Prep) gave the Vikings a 4-0 lead when she scored her first collegiate goal in the 47th minute. Doyle took a crossing pass combination from sophomore forward Emily Bunnell (Kirkland, WA/Lake Washington) and Taylor Hallquist (Vancouver, WA/Columbia River) and drilled it home from the right side of the box.
Saint Martin's was held without a shot in the first 73 minutes of the game, but got on the scoreboard in the 77th minute when Kiersten Madsen connected off a corner kick from Madison Walker. The goal came against junior goalkeeper Alyssa Treptow (Flagstaff, AZ), who made her WWU debut, and snapped the Vikings scoreless minutes streak at 470 minutes and 12 seconds.
Western regained the four-goal advantage in the 82nd minute when Maack scored on a free kick just outside of the box for her first goal as a Viking (50th game) and second in her collegiate career. Maack finished with a goal and 2 assists for a career-high 4 points.
"Malia had a really nice performance today and executed well on a couple of set pieces," added Connell.
Freshman midfielder Grace Eversaul (Vancouver, WA/Skyview) capped the win scoring her fourth goal of the season on a strike from 15-yards out in the 89th minute, with an assist to Bunnell (her second of the game).
WWU out-shot the Saints 31-4 in the match, with a 13-1 edge in shots on goal.
Western senior goalkeeper Ashley Homer (Puyallup, WA) logged the win (7-0-0) in net adding 60 minutes to her current scoreless streak of 409:27.
WWU continues GNAC play on the road with a pair of matches next week, traveling to Ellensburg on Thursday to face Central Washington (9/28, 3 pm) and then continues heading East facing Montana State Billings on Saturday (9/30, 12 pm MT). Both games will be streamed live and feature live stats coverage on WWUVikings.com/Live. The games will also be available via the GNAC channel on several streaming devices (Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, AndroidTV).
⚽ Pelogi (26') - White assist
⚽ Daigle (41') - Maack assist
⚽ Pelogi (45') - Maack assist
⚽ Doyle (47') - Hallquist, Bunnell assist
⚽ Maack (82') - Free Kick
⚽ Eversaul (89') - Bunnell assist
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