Oct. 5, 2013
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -
Forward Kristin Maris (Sr., Issaquah) scored a pair of late goals, lifting nationally ranked Western Washington University to a 2-0 victory over Central Washington University on Saturday in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's soccer contest at Orca Field on the Whatcom CC campus.
The Vikings, ranked No.2 nationally in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, improved to 9-0-0 overall and remain in sole possession of first place in the GNAC at 6-0-0.
Central, which had a three-game winning streak snapped, fell to 5-4-0 overall and 4-2-0 in conference play.
Western had a 16-2 advantage in shot attempts, but didn't take the lead until the 78th minute when Maris slotted a penalty kick into the right side of the goal after a handball in the penalty area.
Maris then got an insurance goal with just 21 seconds left, bundling in an Ashton Griffen (Sr., Duvall/Cedarcrest) corner kick to score from four yards out.
The two goals give Maris a team-high six for the season.
"Central played really well and made it very difficult for us," said WWU coach Travis Connell (11th year, 130-59-19). "We didn't play our `A' game and the game wasn't decided until very late, but I was happy that we stayed composed. That's going to help us later in the year because that's the kind of game we'll see in the post-season."
The Wildcats' best chance came in the 13th minute, when Savannah Moorehouse headed a corner kick over the crossbar.
WWU goalkeeper Alyssa Beauchamp (Sr., Vancouver/Mountain View) did not have to make a save as the Vikings notched their seventh shutout of the season.
WWU holds a 31-11-6 series advantage and is 9-1-2 in the last 12 meetings with CWU.
WWU next is at Simon Fraser on Thursday, Oct. 10 (7 p.m.), for a GNAC counter.
Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013
Bellingham, Wash., Orca Field, Whatcom CC
Western Washington 2, Central Washington 0
Scoring - 1. WWU, Kristin Maris, (penalty kick) 77:10,
2. WWU, Maris (Ashton Griffen), 89:39.
Shots - WWU 16, CWU 2
Saves - WWU 0 (Alyssa Beauchamp 0); CWU 6 (Amanda White 5, Team 1).
Corner kicks - WWU 2, CWU 3
Fouls - WWU 12, CWU 10
Next Game: WWU at Simon Fraser on Thu., Oct. 10 (7 p.m.) at Terry Fox Field on the SFU campus.