Oct. 29, 2011
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Western Washington University celebrated Senior Day in style, defeating Western Oregon University, 3-0, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's soccer contest Saturday afternoon at Orca Field on the Whatcom CC campus.
Goals from Brina Sych (So., Vancouver/Union), Kristen Maris (So., Issaquah) and Megan Chapin (Sr., Seattle/Garfield) lifted the Vikings to 9-5-3 overall and 8-4-1 in the GNAC. WWU, which is unbeaten (3-0-1) in its last four games, completed its home schedule with a 6-1-3 record.
Western Oregon fell to 5-8-4 overall and 4-6-3 in conference play. It was the Wolves' 12th straight loss to WWU.
Sych opened the scoring in the 35th minute, fighting off two defenders to win a long pass from Emily Warman (Sr., Sedro-Woolley) and calmly finish from 12 yards out.
"It makes such a big difference when we can score first, and in the first half," said WWU head coach Travis Connell (9th year). "It totally changes the game."
Maris doubled the WWU lead in the 49th minute, turning and firing into the upper right corner from 28 yards out after a pass from Katherine Miccile (Fr., Kent/Kentlake). Chapin, who had a penalty kick saved in the 17th minute, completed the scoring in the final minute, redirecting a low cross from the right by Anna Geldenhuys (So., Bellevue/Sammamish) inside the far post.
The Vikings had a 19-9 advantage in shot attempts and goalkeeper Jamie Arthurs (Jr., Richland) made two saves in earning her GNAC-leading 10th shutout.
"Our defense played very well, and Maris is getting on a roll with scoring goals," said Connell. "We're playing well right now."
Chapin and Warman were two of seven WWU seniors playing their final home game. The others were Kelly Cates (Poulsb/North Kitsap), Emily Frankland (Sammamish/Skyline), Katie Griffith (Burlington/Burlington-Edison), Justina MacDowell (Bellevue/Sammamish) and Alicia Patten (Seattle/Holy Names Academy).
The Vikings end their season Friday (7 p.m.) with a GNAC counter at Simon Fraser.
Western Washington vs. Western Oregon Date: 10/29/11 Attendance: 160 Goals by Period 1 2 Total Western Oregon 0 0 --- 0 Western Washington 1 2 --- 3 SCORING SUMMARY: WWU - Sych (Warman), 34:42 WWU - Maris (Miccile), 48:28 WWU - Chapin (Geldenhuys), 89:13 Shots: Western Washington 19, Western Oregon 9 Corner kicks: Western Washington 2, Western Oregon 3 Fouls: Western Washington 8, Western Oregon 12 Saves: Western Washington 2 (Arthurs 2), Western Oregon 3 (Rigtrup 3)
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