Western takes over GNAC lead by one point with 3-0 win over Montana State Billings
Oct. 24, 2009
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Western Washington University took over first place in the league standings by the slim margin of one point as it blanked Montana State University Billings, 3-0, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's soccer contest Saturday at Orca Field on the campus of Whatcom Community College.
The Vikings improved to 10-4-2 overall and are 7-1-1 in GNAC action. Seattle Pacific is second at 7-1-0.
Western, which is working on a season-best four-game winning streak, all of them shutouts, plays the nationally No.4-ranked Falcons on Wednesday (7 p.m.) at Seattle's Interbay Stadium.
MSUB dropped to 8-7-1 overall and 4-4-0 in league play.
"We had lots of energy to start the game and got the other team on its heels," said Western coach Travis Connell. "That's a great recipe for victory to be able to play in the other team's half."
"We've got a big contest coming up and we're in game form."
Western midfielder Kelly Irving (Sr., Gig Harbor) opened the scoring in the ninth minute with a free kick from 24 yards.
The Vikings then extended the lead with two goals in a span of 2:30 late in the first half.
Then in the 44th minute, Joana Houplin (Fr., Olympia) got Western's third goal, finishing from eight yards to cap a slick passing combination that also involved Kasey Hostetler (Sr., Richland/Hanford) and Claire Morgan (Jr., Bellingham).
Western goalkeeper Kylie Broadbent (Sr., Spokane/Lewis & Clark) made five saves in registering her eighth shutout, matching her total of last season, and the 16th of her career.
The Vikings took a 3-2 win in their first meeting with Seattle Pacific, then ranked No.1 nationally, at Bellingham on Oct. 3.
Western Washington vs. Montana State Billings Date: 10/24/09 Attendance: 240 Goals by Period 1 2 Total Montana State Billings 0 0 --- 0 Western Washington 3 0 --- 3 SCORING SUMMARY: WWU - Irving (Unassisted), 8:09 WWU - MacDowell (Miller), 41:28 WWU - Houplin (Morgan, Hostetler), 43:58 Shots: Western Washington 17, MSUB 12 Corner kicks: Western Washington 5, MSUB 1 Fouls: Western Washington 10, MSUB 9 Saves: Western Washington 5 (Broadbent 5), MSUB 4 (Fenwick 4)
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