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)
Vikings Edged 2-0 by UCSD in West Regional Final
WWU finishes season 18-2-0 while making sixth consecutive NCAA Championships appearance
Vikings Ready to Defend West Regional Title
WWU women's soccer takes on UC San Diego Friday night in La Jolla, Calif.
Women's Soccer Heads to San Diego for West Regional Championship
Vikings will travel to La Jolla, Calif., for Friday night showdown (7 pm) with regional rival UCSD
Defending National Champions Advance to NCAA West Regional Final
Defending national champion Vikings beat Sonoma State 2-0 in second round of NCAA II Championships
No. 2-Seed Vikings Open West Regional Play Saturday vs. Sonoma State
The Vikings open NCAA II Championships play facing No. 3-seed Sonoma State at 1 pm at Harrington Field
Defending National Champions Set for NCAA Championships
WWU women's soccer heads into postseason play with 17-1-0 record
Vikings Announced as No. 2 Seed in West Region
WWU will host the first and second rounds, facing Cal Baptist or Sonoma State on Saturday at 1 pm in Bellingham
It's Selection Show Monday for WWU Soccer
The women's soccer program will find out who it plays in the NCAA championships at 3 pm
Women's Soccer Named GNAC Team of the Week
The Vikings won their third consecutive GNAC Championships tournament title last Saturday
Vikings Win Third Straight GNAC Championships Title
WWU receives automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Championships with 1-0 double-overtime win at Concordia
Vikings Will Face Concordia in GNAC Championships Final
WWU has advanced to the title game of all six GNAC Championships. Will face Concordia Saturday at 1 pm
WWU Tops SPU 2-0, Advances to GNAC Championship
Karli White and Emily Bunnell score goals for Vikings, as defense holds SPU to 4 shots
Vikings Head Into Postseason at GNAC Championships
WWU is the No. 2 seed in the GNAC Championships, facing rival Seattle Pacific Thursday at 4 pm
Nine Vikings Named to GNAC Women's Soccer All-Conference Team
Four Vikings named First Team All-GNAC, Karli White named GNAC Newcomer of the Year
Vikings Set for GNAC Championships as No. 2 Seed
WWU will play No. 3 seed Seattle Pacific Thursday at 4 pm in Portland, Ore.