Women's Soccer Notches Another Shutout, 1-0 over SPU

Oct. 5, 2017

Box Score

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Western Washington University junior forward Gabriela Pelogi scored in the 18th minute for her 10th goal of the season lifting the No. 3-ranked Vikings to a 1-0 victory over Seattle Pacific in Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s soccer action Thursday night in front of 467 fans at Harrington Field.
WWU’s seventh shutout of the season kept the Vikings unbeaten at 10-0-0 on the season and extended the lead atop the GNAC standings at 6-0-0. Western now owns a 34-game winning streak, 4th-longest in NCAA Division II history, and is unbeaten in its last 35 games (34-0-1) for the 5th-longest streak in Division II. WWU also won its 28th consecutive home game, moving into a tie for 10th place in the DII record book.
SPU falls to 6-4-0 overall on the season and 4-2-0 in GNAC play. The Vikings have won the last seven games vs. the Falcons, and are undefeated in the last 14 games.
“This was a great win and I thought we had one of our best performances of the year,” said head coach Travis Connell. “Both teams were super motivated and played very well. It was a game where one mistake on defense could have cost us, but we played nearly perfect back there.”
After narrowly missing on a few early chances, the Vikings got on the scoreboard first in the 18th minute. Senior midfielder Emily Webster (Bellingham, WA/Sehome) lifted a high corner kick that found a leaping Pelogi who headed it home from 7-yards out for her 10th goal of the season. The Vikings defense did not allow a shot by the Falcons in the first half.
“I felt like we did a great job of creating chances and were dangerous on our set pieces, like we want to be,” added Connell. “We still need to get sharper with our execution, but tonight I thought overall we did a great job in all facets of the game and I am really happy with the result.”
The Vikings dominated the offensive flow of the game, out-shooting the Falcons 26-4, including 13-1 in the first half. SPU managed only one shot on goal in the game, when Casey Reeve’s header in the 84th minute was saved by WWU senior goalkeeper Ashley Homer (Puyallup, WA).
Homer recorded her sixth shutout of the season and extended her scoreless streak to 679:27 consecutive minutes without allowing a goal. Overall the Vikings have allowed just three goals in 10 games this season.
The Vikings are off this weekend, returning to GNAC play Tuesday hosting Saint Martin’s at Harrington Field at 7 pm. Early releases of the schedule had the Vikings hosting Evergreen State College on Saturday, but that game was cancelled prior to the start of the season.
Game Notes: Pelogi scored her 10th goal of the season, one short of her team-leading 11 goals from last season…31st career goal to tie for 8th in the WWU record books with Hope Grimm (1982-84)…also tallied her 78th career point moving into 8th place in the WWU record book past current assistant coach Claire MorganEmily Webster tallied her 21st career assist, gaining sole possession of 5th place in the WWU record book…Webster also played in her 80th career match to tie for 10th-most in program history…WWU won its 7th straight game vs. SPU and are undefeated in last 14 games (11-0-3)…WWU has recorded 7 shutouts in 10 games this season, all coming in the last 8 games…defense has allowed only 3 goals all season…WWU is undefeated in its last 59 games vs. GNAC opponents (53-0-6), the 3rd-longest unbeaten streak against conference opponents (regular + postseason) in NCAA II history…extended unbeaten streak against West Region opponents to 45 straight (43-0-2)…WWU has now scored at least one goal in its last 40 games vs. GNAC opponents, extending the GNAC record…WWU is 91-5-7 since the start of the 2013 season, the best record amongst all Division II programs.

WWU Goals:

Pelogi (18’) – Webster assist

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