Sept. 27, 2012
BELLINGHAM, Wash - Freshman forward Stephanie Hamilton (Orting/Bellarmine Prep) scored the first two goals of her collegiate career less than five minutes apart in the first half as Western Washington University defeated Northwest Nazarene University, 4-0, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's soccer game Thursday night at Orca Field on the campus of Whatcom CC.
The Vikings improved to 7-2-0 overall and 4-1-0 in conference play. They have won seven of their last eight games, six of them shutouts.
The shutout was WWU's 10th straight at home and the 14th in its last 16 matches (11-1-4) at Orca Field.
NNU fell to 4-5-0 overall and 1-4-0 in the GNAC with its fourth loss in five games.
Hamilton opened the scoring with a 22-yard blast in the 19th minute off an assist from Kristen Maris (Jr., Issaquah), then added a second goal in the 24th minute with Catherine Miles (Fr., Fidalgo Island/Anacortes) and Ashton Griffen (Jr., Duvall/Cedarcrest) getting assists.
Leading 2-0 at halftime, the Vikings iced the game with a pair of second-half goals. Maris scored her team-best sixth goal of the year in the 50th minute, finishing from 12 yards after getting a through ball from Joana Houplin (Sr., Olympia), then Houplin added the final marker, her first of the season, in the 65th minute, splitting a group of defenders on the dribble and finishing from 15 yards out.
The Vikings had a 16-5 advantage in shots, and put 10 of their shots on target.
"This is a tough team for us to play against, because they work hard and fight on defense," said WWU coach Travis Connell (10th year, 109-57-19). "It was great to see our players execute enough to score four goals against a team like this."
WWU is now unbeaten in its last 18 meetings (17-0-1) with the Crusaders, with the last loss in 2003. The Vikings hold a 24-1-1 series advantage.
The Vikings host Montana State Billings on Saturday (7:30 p.m.), Sept. 29.
Thursday, September 27, 2012 Orca Field - Whatcom CC/Bellingham, Wash.
Western Washington 4, Northwest Nazarene 0
Shots - WWU 16, NNU 5. Saves - WWU 0 (Jamie Arthurs 0), NNU 6 (Tanya Zickefoose 5, Team 1). Corner kicks - WWU 4, NNU 2. Fouls - WWU 12, NNU 9.
Records: Western Washington 7-2-0, 4-1-0 GNAC Northwest Nazarene 4-5-0, 1-4-0 GNAC
Next Game: Western Washington hosts Montana State Billings Saturday, Sept. 29, 4 p.m., Orca Field (Whatcom CC)
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