Western hosts Seattle Pacific on Saturday



RELEASE No.2 (9/26/02)

RECORD: 4-3-1 overall, 3-1-0 in Great Northwest Athletic Conference (tied for 2nd place).

UPCOMING: Host Seattle Pacific (3-4-1, 1-3-0) in a GNAC contest on Sat., Sept. 28 (12:30 p.m.), then visit NAIA No.3-ranked Simon Fraser (8-0-0, host MSU-Billings on Sept. 29) for a non-conference game on Tues., Oct. 1 (7 p.m.).

LAST WEEK: Won two GNAC games at home, defeating Central Washington, 4-2, on Sept. 20, and Seattle U., 1-0 in overtime, on Sept. 22.

ON A ROLL: The Vikings have won three straight games, outscoring their opponents 10-2 in those games. The latest triumph was a 1-0 overtime victory over Seattle U. in which defender Amy Bouska (Jr., Des Moines/Mount Rainier) scored on a header two minutes into the first extra period.

GRAY'S GOALS: Freshman forward Chela Gray (Kaneohe, HI/Iolani) scored two goals in a 5-0 victory over Southern Oregon, then followed up with two more in the triumph over Central, making her the first player since Julia Goodlett in 1999 to score multiple goals in back-to-back games.

NOTES: Western ranks 29th nationally in NCAA Division II in goals against (0.73 avg.) and 15th in shutout percentage (.600), and goalkeeper Kara Davis (Sr., Rapid City, SD/Stevens) ranks 10th nationally in goals-against-average (0.24). A victory over Seattle Pacific would match the longest winning streak since a five-game charge in 1995. The Vikings had four-game winning streaks in 1997 and 2001.

Goals:Chela Gray, 4
Assists:Amy Bouska, 2
Points:Gray, 9
Goalkeeping: Kara Davis, 0.24 GAA, 3.0 shutouts, 14 saves;
Shaye Anderson, 1.25 GAA, 1.0 shutout, 6 saves

For full stats, game reports and other information see WWU Athletic website at www.wwuvikings.com.