Miles scores hat trick as No.12 WWU blanks Northwest Nazarene, 6-0

Catherine Miles

Oct. 26, 2013

Box Score

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Forward Catherine Miles (So., Anacortes) scored a hat trick, all three goals coming during a 23-minute stretch of the second half, as nationally ranked Western Washington University blanked Northwest Nazarene University, 6-0, on Saturday 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, improved to 14-1-0 overall, 10 of their wins being shutouts, and lead the GNAC at 11-1-0. They are 8-0-0 at home. NNU, which has not won in 11 games (0-8-3), fell to 1-10-3 overall and 0-8-3 in league action.

The Vikings led just 1-0 at halftime. Miles, who leads the GNAC with 12 goals, began her spree in the 49th minute, capitalizing on a shot from the right to left corner. She also tapped in a cross from Erin Russell (Fr., Brier/Mountlake Terrace) in the 62nd minute and on a full volley of a cross from Brina Sych (Sr., Vancouver/Union) in the 72nd minute to put WWU in front, 4-0.

Earning assists on Miles' first goal were Kayla Russ (Sr., Puyallup/Bellarmine Prep) and Kristin Maris (Sr., Issaquah).

"We didn't have our best half in the first half," said WWU head coach Travis Connell (11th year, 135-60-19). "In the second half, the players were motivated and played at a high level. I was really proud of how we played in the second half."

WWU's Jessica Bertucci (So., Bellingham/Sehome) had opened the scoring in the 16th minute, taking a cross from Elise Aylward (Fr., Renton/Lindbergh) and tapping it in.

The Vikings also scored a pair of late goals, Delanne Nilles (So., Poulsbl/North Kitsap) heading home an Ashton Griffen (Sr., Duvall/Cedarcrest) corner in the 80th minute and Bertucci notching her second of the game three minutes later on a tap in with assists from Nilles and Anna Geldenhuys (Sr., Bellevue/Sammamish).

NNU's best chance came in the 20th minute, when Kelsey Martin sprinted down the left side and played in a cross that Lexi Fesenbek narrowly missed getting her head on in the goalmouth.

WWU, which won 3-0 at Nampa, Id., on Sept. 19, has not lost to NNU since 2003. The Vikings are 20-0-1 during that stretch and have not given up a goal to the Crusaders in the last eight meetings.

The Vikings, who have not allowed a second-half goal this season, have outscored the opposition, 41-5, overall.

WWU travels to Central Washington on Thursday, Oct. 31 (3 p.m.), for a GNAC counter.

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 Bellingham, Wash., Orca Field, Whatcom CC Western Washington 5, Northwest Nazarene 0 Scoring - 1. WWU, Jessica Bertucci (Elise Aylward), 15:35; 2. WWU, Catherine Miles (Kayla Russ, Kristin Maris), 48:28; 3. Miles (Erin Russell), 61:26; 4. WWU, Miles (Brina Sych), 71:55, 5. Delanee Nilles (Ashton Griffen), 79:54; 6. WWU, Bertucci (Nilles, Anna Geldenhuys), 82:28.

Shots - WWU 27, NNU 8 Saves - WWU 3 (Alyssa Beauchamp 3, Ashley Haden 0); NNU 6 (Argia Phillips 6) Corner kicks - WWU 5, NNU 2 Fouls - WWU 7, NNU 4 Attendance: 206 Next Game: WWU is at Central Washington on Thu., Oct. 31 (3 p.m.) for a GNAC counter