Vikings host Hawaii Pacific and Azusa Pacific
Working on a string of six consecutive home shutouts, the Western Washington University women's soccer team makes its home debut this week, meeting Hawaii Pacific on Thursday (7:30 p.m.) and Azusa Pacific on Saturday (2 p.m.) at Orca Field on the campus of Whatcom Community College.
The Vikings opened their season last week with a split in northern California, blanking Notre Dame de Namur 4-0 after a 1-0 loss to nationally No.4-ranked Chico State.
WWU goalkeeper Jamie Arthurs (Sr., Richland) recorded the 24th shutout of her four-year career against NDNU. The goal by Chico State snapped her scoreless string at 512 minutes.
Arthurs ranks second among Viking career shutout leaders, trailing only Teresa Fish (2003-05, 2007), who finished with 31. Arthurs has had a school-record tying 11 shutouts in each of the last two seasons.
WWU was 6-1-3 at home last year, not allowing a goal in eight of those games, The Vikings have posted shutouts in 10 of their last 12 contests at Orca Field.
Head coach Travis Connell has 103 career wins in his 10th year at WWU and needs three more to tie Dominic Garguile (1981-90) as the school's all-time leader.
WWU has not played Hawaii Pacific since 2000 and holds a 2-0 series edge. The Vikings only other meeting with Azusa Pacific was in 1994, a 2-0 win.
2012 GNAC Women's Soccer Report Week 1 (Sept. 5, 2012)
Conference All W L T GF GA Pts W L T GF GA MSU Billings 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 0 Western Oregon 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 6 3 Northwest Nazarene 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 6 3 Seattle Pacific 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 4 3 Western Washington 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 4 1 Simon Fraser 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 3 Central Washington 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 10 Saint Martinis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3
LAST WEEK: Thursday - Central Washington 0 at CSU San Bernardino 0 (2ot); Eastern Oregon 0 at Northwest Nazarene 2; Cal State Stanislaus 3 at Saint Martin's 0; Seattle Pacific 3 at Notre Dame de Namur 1; Western Washington 0 at Chico State 1. Friday - Colorado Mines 0 at MSU Billings 1; Oregon Tech 0 at Western Oregon 3. Saturday - Central Washington 1 at UC San Diego 6; Northern State 0 at MSU Billings 3; Northwest Nazarene 2 at Academy of Art 0; Cal State San Marcos 2, Seattle Pacific 1 (at Belmont); Western Washington 4 at Notre Dame de Namur 0. Sunday - Cal State Stanislaus 3 at Simon Fraser 0.
THIS WEEK: Monday - Northwest Nazarene 2 at Notre Dame de Namur 3; Hawaii Hilo 3, Western Oregon 1 (at Oahu). Tuesday - Central Washington 1 at Point Loma Nazarene 4; Simon Fraser 1, Hawaii Pacific 0 (at Bellingham); Western Oregon 2, Chaminade (at Oahu). Thursday - Dixie State vs. MSU Billings (at Phoenix), 6 p.m.; Azusa Pacific at Seattle Pacific, 7 p.m.; Hawaii Pacific at Western Washington, 7:30 p.m.; Western Oregon vs. BYU-Hawaii (at Oahu), 7 p.m. Friday - Saint Martin's at UC-Colorado Springs, 7:30 p.m. Saturday - Northwest at Central Washington, 5 p.m.; MSU Billings at Grand Canyon, 8 p.m.; College of Idaho at Northwest Nazarene, noon; Hawaii Pacific at Seattle Pacific, 7 p.m.; Academy of Arts at Simon Fraser, 7 p.m.; Azusa Pacific at Western Washington, 2 p.m. Sunday - Saint Martin's at Colorado Christian, 11 a.m.
POLLS: NSCAA National - 27. Montana State Billings. NSCAA West Region - 7. Montana State Billings, 8. Seattle Pacific.
Offense - Chelsea Shuman, Montana State Billings (M, 5-2, So., Kalispell, MT - Flathead) scored the game's only goal as the Yellowjackets nipped nationally fifth-ranked Colorado Mines 1-0 Thursday. "Chelsea had an amazing game in the middle and scored a beautiful goal from 25 yards out," MSUB head coach Wojceich Krakowiak said. "She also connected on a lot of passes from our forwards."
Defense - Jennifer Larsen, MSU Billings (D, 5-4, Sr., Mesa, AZ - Mountain View) was instrumental in the Yellowjackets' 1-0 shutout of nationally fifth-ranked Colorado Mines Friday. Larsen also scored two goals in a 3-0 shutout of Northern State on Saturday. She was the lone GNAC player to score twice during the opening weekend. "Jennifer was very solid in the back and won a lot of headers," Krakowiak added.
Defense - Macy Bothman, Western Oregon (D, 5-7, Sr., Eugene, OR - Sheldon) scored a goal and also helped lead the Wolf defense which limited Oregon Tech to six shots in a 3-0 victory.
PROVIDING AN ASSIST: Anna Geldenhuys had two assists in Western Washington's 4-0 shutout of Notre Dame de Namur and Makana Pundyke had a pair of assists as Western Oregon opened its season with a 3-0 victory against Oregon Tech outshooting the Owls 18-4. Catherine Miles had the game-winning goal in WWU's victory and Kym Witmer had the game-winning goal in WOU's win.
THREE POINTS: Megan Lindsay, who led the GNAC in scoring last year with 32 points, had a goal and an assist to tally three points in Seattle Pacific's first two games of the season. Lindsay's goal was the game-winner in a 3-1 win against Notre Dame. She moved into a tie for 13th point in GNAC career scoring history increasing her total to 78. . .Three NNU players - Jenny Field, Sarah Staropoli and Autumn Yturbe - also had three points as the Crusaders opened with two 2-0 victories. . .Also tallying three points was Alisa Sagdahl of Montana State Billings in its two wins.
THREE-0: WOU's win was one of four games decided by a 3-0 score in the opening weekend. Cal State Stanislaus beat Saint Martin's and Simon Fraser and Montana State Billings beat Northern State by the identical score.
TEAM-OF-THE-WEEK: Montana State Billings earned GNAC Team-of-the-Week honors for the opening week of the season based on its two victories last weekend including a 1-0 win over nationally fifth-ranked Colorado Mines. Each week the conference office will select one team for that honor. Other candidates this week were the Western Washington volleyball team and the Seattle Pacific men's soccer team.
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