No.2 WWU gets by Saint Martin's, 3-1
Oct. 17, 2013
LACEY, Wash. - Forward Catherine Miles (So., Anacortes) was credited with her league-leading fourth game-winning goal of the season as Western Washington University defeated Saint Martin's University, 3-1, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's soccer contest Thursday at the SMU Soccer Field.
The Vikings, ranked No.2 nationally for the fourth straight week in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, improved to 12-0-0 overall and lead the GNAC at 9-0-0.
Saint Martin's fell to 3-9-0 overall and 2-7-0 in conference play.
Ashton Griffen (Sr., Duvall/Cedarcrest) scored the game's first goal in the fifth minute on an indirect free kick. It was her first goal of the season and the second of her WWU career with Kristen Maris (Sr., Issaquah) getting her fifth assist.
Miles made the score 2-0 when she found the lower right corner of the net from 12 yards out in the 15th minute. It was her team and GNAC-leading ninth goal of the campaign
SMU cut the deficit in half with a goal by Abby McFaul in the 43rd minute. Sasha Dini and Hanna Massee were credited with assists.
WWU got an insurance goal in the 60th minute as Diana Pollock (Sr., Bellevue/Eastlake) scored on a corner kick.
"We got off to a good start again, which really helped us a lot," said WWU coach Travis Connell (11th year, 132-59-19). "We had good energy at the beginning, then we went through a little lull when they scored. But we responded well in the second half. They had a lot of motivation which helped us get the victory."
It was the Vikings' fifth straight win over SMU, upping their series advantage to 11-2-1.
The 12-0-0 start is WWU's best since winning its first 14 games in 1984. The Vikings have outscored the opposition, 34-4, this season.
WWU is at Western Oregon on Saturday, Oct. 19 (1:30 p.m.), for a GNAC counter.
Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 Lacey, Wash., SMU Soccer Field
Western Washington 3, Saint Martin's 1
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