Oct. 20, 2012
NAMPA, Id. - Western Washington University lowered its national leading goals against average to 0.25 with its ninth straight victory, all shutouts, in blanking Northwest Nazarene University, 2-0, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's soccer contest Saturday afternoon at NNU Soccer Field.
The Vikings, ranked No.25 in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America/NCAA Division II Top 25, extended their school-record scoreless stretch to 810 minutes and 15 seconds. WWU improved to 14-2-0 overall and leads the GNAC at 11-1-0.
NNU, which was shut out for the fifth time this season, dropped to 7-9-0 overall and 4-8-0 in league play.
Joana Houplin (Sr., Olympia) gave WWU a 1-0 lead in the 36th minute with her fourth goal of the year. She received a cross from Anna Geldenhuys (Jr., Bellevue/Sammamish) and sent it in from three yards.
Brina Sych (Jr., Vancouver/Union) scored her fifth goal in the 77th minute as she headed in a corner kick from Stephanie Hamilton (Fr., Orting/Bellarmine Prep). Sych has had a goal or an assist in six of the Vikings' last seven games.
"We played a little different style today," said WWU head coach Travis Connell (10th year, 116-57-19). "Anna (Geldenhuys) and Stephanie (Hamilton) both came off the bench for us in the midfield and were keys for us in the flow of the game."
"It was anyone's game after the first half, and then in the second half they helped us keep possession and break down the other team's pressure."
WWU goalkeeper Jamie Arthurs (Sr., Richland) made three saves in upping her school-record shutout total to 13 this season (had 11 in each of last two years) and extended her WWU and GNAC records for career saves to 36.
The Vikings had a 12-7 advantage in shots and each team had two corner kicks. During its nine-match winning streak, WWU has outscored its opponents 23-0, and has a 37-4 goal differential this season.
WWU is unbeaten in its last 19 meetings (18-0-1) with NNU dating back to 2003 and has a 25-1-1 series lead.
The Vikings host Central Washington in a GNAC contest on Thursday (1 p.m.), Oct. 25.
Saturday, October 20, 2012 NNU Soccer Field/Nampa, Id.
Western Washington 2, Northwest Nazarene 0
Shots - WWU 12, NNU 7 Saves - WWU 3 (Jamie Arthurs 3), NNU 6 (Tanya Zickefoose 6). Corner kicks - WWU 2, NNU 2. Fouls - WWU 11, NNU 10.
Records: Western Washington 14-2-0, 11-1-0 GNAC Northwest Nazarene 7-9-0, 4-8-0 GNAC
Next Game: Western Washington hosts Central Washington Thursday, Oct. 25, 1 p.m., Bellingham, Wash. (Orca Field, Whatcom CC campus)
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