Oct. 24, 2013
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -
Midfielder Delanee Nilles (So., Poulsbo/North Kitsap) scored late in the first half as nationally ranked Western Washington University remained perfect at home with a 1-0 victory over Montana State University Billings on Thursday in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's soccer contest at Orca Field on the Whatcom CC campus.
The Vikings, ranked No.12 nationally in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll after being No.2 each of the last four weeks, improved to 13-1-0 overall and stayed atop the GNAC at 10-1-0. They are 7-0-0 at home.
MSUB, which has lost its last three games, fell to 4-7-2 overall and 3-7-1 in conference play.
scored in the 43rd minute, getting the ball 25 yards from the goal after a short pass from Stephanie Hamilton (So., Orting/Bellarmine Prep) and putting it in the upper left corner.
Hamilton had already been a presence in the opening half, forcing a pair of difficult saves by MSUB goalkeeper Krystal Daniels.
WWU had a 13-9 advantage in shot attempts, but was outshot 6-5 in the second half. Alyssa Beauchamp (Sr., Vancouver/Mountain View) had five saves for the Vikings, who posted their ninth shutout of the year.
WWU had suffered its first loss of the season, 1-0, at Western Oregon last Saturday.
"We bounced back from the loss, which was important," said WWU coach Travis Connell (11th year, 134-60-19). "We had a lot of players contribute, including having Delanee come off the bench to score the goal."
WWU entertains Northwest Nazarene on Saturday, Oct. 26 (4 p.m.), for a GNAC counter.
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013
Bellingham, Wash., Orca Field, Whatcom CC
Western Washington 1, Montana State Billings 0
Scoring - 1. WWU, Delanee Nilles (Stephanie Hamilton), 42:08.
Shots - WWU 13, MSUB 9
Saves - WWU 5 (Alyssa Beauchamp 5); MSUB 4 (Krystal Daniels 4)
Corner kicks - WWU 7, MSUB 3
Fouls - WWU 10, MSUB 10
Next Game: WWU hosts Northwest Nazarene on Sat., Oct. 26 (4 p.m.) at Orca Field on Whatcom CC campus.