WWU stays tied atop GNAC with 2-0 win at Simon Fraser

Jamie Arthurs

Oct. 4, 2012

Box Score

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Goalkeeper Jamie Arthurs (Sr., Richland) tied school and conference records with her 31st career shutout as Western Washington University defeated Simon Fraser University, 2-0, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's soccer game Thursday at Terry Fox Field on the SFU campus.

Freshman forward Catherine Miles (Anacortes) had a goal and an assist for the Vikings, who improved to 9-2-0 overall and stayed tied atop the GNAC at 6-1-0 with Montana State Billings, which defeated Northwest Nazarene, 2-1.

WWU, which has won four straight games and nine of its last 10, has outscored its opponents 29-4 this season.

Simon Fraser fell to 1-8-0 overall and 0-6-0 in league play.

WWU scored in the 26th minute, Miles running onto a through ball and taking a shot. Brina Sych (Jr., Vancouver/Union) followed up with the rebound from five yards out.

In the 47th minute, Miles headed in a corner kick by Ashton Griffen (Jr., Duvall/Cedarcrest).

Miles tops the team in scoring with 17 points. She is tied for the lead in goals with six and is the leader outright in assists with five. It was the second goal for Sych and the fourth assist for Griffen.

Arthurs made two saves in bringing her shutout total to eight this season and 31 for her four-year career. That tied the WWU and GNAC records held by Teresa Fish (2003-05, 2007).

The whitewash was Arthurs' fourth straight. She is currently working on a scoreless stretch of 360:15 minutes.

"She had a really nice save in the first half on a ball right at the crossbar and was really tidy on everything else," said WWU coach Travis Connell (10th year, 111-57-19) of Arthurs.

"Jamie can come with the big save when we need it and inspire the whole team, and at the same time her positioning and experience often puts her in a position where she doesn't even have to make saves. She has gotten better every year and is having a spectacular season."

The Vikings had advantages for 12-4 in shots and 12-1 in corner kicks.

The win was WWU's eighth straight (6-0-2) over Simon Fraser, the last six (4-0-2) being shutouts.

The Vikings are at Central Washington on Sunday (12 noon), Oct. 7.

Thursday, October 4, 2012 Orca Field - Terry Fox Field/Burnaby, B.C.

Western Washington 2, Simon Fraser 0

Scoring - 1. WWU, Brina Sych (Catherine Miles), 25:10; 2. WWU, Catherine Miles (Ashton Griffen), 46:47.

Shots - WWU 12, SFU 4. Saves - WWU 2 (Jamie Arthurs 2), SFU 4 (Amanda Gilliland 4). Corner kicks - WWU 12, SFU 1. Fouls - WWU 8, SFU 6.

Records: Western Washington 9-2-0, 6-1-0 GNAC Simon Fraser 1-8-0, 0-6-0 GNAC

Next Game: Western Washington at Central Washington Sunday, Oct. 7, 12 noon, Ellensburg, WA (CWU Soccer Field)


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