Unbeaten Vikings complete home stand, have outscored opposition 18-1
Oct. 1, 2013
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Outscoring the opposition 18-1 with the lone goal allowed being an own goal, the unbeaten Western Washington University women's soccer team concludes a four-game home stand this week with Great Northwest Athletic Conference contests against Seattle Pacific on Thursday, Oct. 3 (7:30 p.m.), and Central Washington on Saturday, Oct. 5 (7 p.m.), at Orca Field on the Whatcom CC campus.
The Vikings, No.2 for the second straight week in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, are 7-0-0 following two GNAC home wins last week over Western Oregon, 2-0, and Saint Martin's, 3-0. They are 4-0-0 in GNAC action, tied with Seattle Pacific, which is ranked No.23 nationally. Central Washington is third at 3-0-1.
Miles, who has scored four times in the last three games, leads WWU with five goals, three of them game winners, and 13 points. Nilles has one goal and one assist.
Forward Kristin Maris (Sr., Issaquah) has four goals and nine points for the Vikings, and forward Elise Aylward (Fr., Renton/Lindbergh) leads the team with four assists. Miles and defender Brina Sych (Sr., Vancouver/Union) each have three assists.
WWU goalkeeper Alyssa Beauchamp (Sr., Vancouver/Mountain View) has a 0.16 goals against average, with 14 saves in 562 minutes.
Seattle Pacific is 7-1-0 overall, riding a seven-game winning streak after a 2-1 season-opening loss at UC San Diego. The Falcons are led by forward Laura Moore with five goals and three assists and goalkeeper Natalie Howard, who has five shutouts and a 0.40 GAA with three goals allowed in 675 minutes.
The Vikings have lost their last five meetings with SPU, which has won eight GNAC titles, and trail 4-18-3 in the series.
Central Washington has a 4-3-0 record, winning four of its last five games. The Wildcats, who are at Simon Fraser on Thursday, are paced by Savanna Moorehouse with three goals and three assists, and Danille Brandli with four goals.
WWU holds a 30-11-6 series advantage and is 8-1-2 in the last 11 meetings.
WWU, coached by Travis Connell (11th year, 128-59-19), won both the GNAC regular-season and tournament championships in 2012. The Vikings finished 19-4-0, the win total being a school record, and reached the title game of the West Regional.
NOTES: Midfielder Ashton Griffen (Sr., Duvall Cedarcrest) earned GNAC Defensive POW honors for her effort in a 1-0 win at No.3 UC San Diego, and Jessica Bertucci (So., Bellingham/Sehome), who scored the winning goal with just over a minute remaining, received GNAC Offensive POW honorable mention ... In the victories over Notre Dame de Namur and Dixie State, defender Brianna Jones (Jr., Bonney Lake) got GNAC Defensive POW honorable mention ... Miles earned GNAC Offensive POW honors with two goals and an assist in WWU's road wins against Northwest Nazarene and Montana State Billings, and midfielder Kim Cooper (Jr., Bellingham) received GNAC Defensive POW honorable mention.
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
2013 Women's Soccer Report Week 4 (Oct. 1, 2013)
Conference All W L T GF GA Pts W L T GF GA
LAST WEEK: Thursday - Western Oregon 0 at Western Washington 2; Northwest Nazarene 1 at Central Washington 4; Saint Martin's 2 at Simon Fraser 0; Montana State Billings 1 at Seattle Pacific 2. Saturday - Montana State Billings 1 at Central Washington 2 (ot); Northwest Nazarene 0 at Seattle Pacific 3; Saint Martin's 0 at Western Washington 3; Western Oregon 0 at Simon Fraser 0.
THIS WEEK: Thursday - Montana State Billings at Saint Martin's, 1 p.m.; Northwest Nazarene at Western Oregon, 3:30 p.m.; Central Washington at Simon Fraser, 5 p.m.; Seattle Pacific at Western Washington, 7:30 p.m. Saturday - Montana State Billings at Western Oregon, 11:30 a.m.; Northwest Nazarene at Saint Martin's, 12:30 p.m.; Seattle Pacific at Simon Fraser, 1 p.m.; Central Washington at Western Washington, 7 p.m.
POLLS: NSCAA NATIONAL (Oct. 1) - 2. Western Washington 23. Seattle Pacific NSCAA West Region (Oct. 1) - 1. Western Washington 4. Seattle Pacific
NATIONAL STATISTICS (TOP 30)
TEAM: Scoring Offense - 18. WWU (2.57) Goals Against Average - 4. WWU (.143) 8. SPU (.375) 16. WOU (.462) Shutout Percentage - 5. WWU (.857) 8. SPU (.750) 15. WOU (.625) W-L-T Pct. - 1. WWU (1.000) 11. SPU (.875) Save Pct. - 5. WWU (.938) 21. WOU (.882) Assists - 10. SPU (2.0) 11. WWU (2.0).
INDIVIDUAL: Assists/Game - 9. Alexa Diaz, SPU (.67) T-24. Elise Aylward, WWU (.57) T-24. Tarah Duty, CWU (.57) Goalst-Against Avg. - 6. Alyssa Beauchamp, WWU (.16) 14. Natalie Harold, SPU (.4) 25. Amanda Rose Johnson, WOU (.505) Save Pct. - 6. Alyssa Beauchamp, WWU (.933) Total Assists - T-22. (Elise Aylward, WWU (4) T-22. Alexa Diaz, SPU (4) T-22. Tarah Duty, CWU (4).
GNAC RED LION PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Offense - Savanna Moorehouse (M, 5-11, Jr., Bonney Lake, WA - Bonney Lake) of CWU scored three goals last week, none more important than the game-tying goal against MSU Billings in the 71st minute on Saturday. The goal set up Lauren Duty's game-winner in the first period of overtime, and CWU picked up six points with a pair of victories. Moorehouse received assists from GNAC Defensive Player of the Week Tarah Duty on all three of her goals. "Savanna continues to demonstrate her importance to us as our offensive midfielder," said head coach Michael Farrand. "During the past two weeks she has had an impact in every game."
Defense - Tarah Duty (D, 5-4, Sr., Black Diamond, WA - Tahoma) of CWU not only anchored a back line that allowed just two goals for more than 180 minutes last week, but she also contributed to the Wildcats' offensive success as she distributed three assists on Thursday and two more on Saturday. Her effort helped CWU capture two wins and the Wildcats now sit in third place in the GNAC standings with nine points. "Tarah is one of the top defenders in the conference and region," said Farrand, adding, "she contributed to five of our six goals, quite an accomplishment from an outside defender."
Honorable Mention - Catherine Miles (F, 5-7, So., Anacortes, WA - Anacortes) of WWU followed last week's two-goal and one assist effort with two more goals this week, as the Vikings won both games and remain undefeated...Hannah Huesers (F, 5-10, Fr., Lake Stevens, WA - Lake Stevens) of SPU scored twice on Saturday as the Falcons' 3-0 win over NNU pushed their win streak to seven straight...Lexi Fesenbek (F, 5-4, So., Olympia, WA - Olympia) of NNU scored her second goal of the season, the Crusaders' lone tally of the week...Kelli Bannerman (F, 5-5, Fr., Ferndale, WA - Ferndale) of SMU tallied her fourth goal of the season to help the Saints to a 2-0 win over SFU on Thursday...Delanee Nilles (M, 5-10, So., Poulsbo, WA - North Kitsap) of WWU helped the Vikings' defense record two more shutouts as they have won all seven of their games in 2013...Rebekah Kelley (F, 5-5, Fr., Marysville, WA - Marysville Arts & Tech) of NNU put forth a solid defensive effort in both games and helped push the Crusaders' attack...Taylor Hauck (D, 5-4, So., Shoreline, WA - King's) of SPU played excellent defense in the Falcons' 3-0 triumph over NNU Saturday and provided the assist on the game-winning goal against MSUB on Thursday...Alisa Sagdahl (F, 5-8, So., Edmonds, WA - Meadowdale) scored twice for MSUB, notching a goal in each of the Yellowjackets' losses to SPU and CWU.
FIGHT FOR FIRST: With perfect 4-0 records, WWU and SPU each sit atop the GNAC standings after two weeks of play. Each team won both of its games last week, and has set the stage for the biggest GNAC match of the season, and one of the biggest in the nation thus far when SPU heads to Bellingham on Thursday to challenge the Vikings at home.
TARAH ON DUTY FOR WILDCATS: While WWU and SPU went about their business, Central Washington grabbed two wins of its own and shot up the conference standings into third place. Tarah Duty, the GNAC Defensive Player of the Week, played every minute on defense and provided assists on five of the Wildcats' six goals.
BAD LUCK BILLINGS: When Alisa Sagdahl scored in the 63rd minute on Thursday, it looked as though MSUB might hold on for a 1-0 upset of SPU. Instead, the Yellowjackets got stung late, as the Falcons scored twice in the final 10 minutes to steal the win. Fast forward two days later and it was déjà-vu all over again. Sagdahl put MSUB on the board in the first minute, only to see her team fall 2-1 in overtime as CWU scored in the 71st and 97th minutes.
WOLVES' WOEFUL OFFENSE: Western Oregon's offense could not find the net last week, as the Wolves picked up just one point with a loss and a draw. WOU managed just three shots on Thursday against WWU, but peppered SFU with a dozen - seven of which were on target - on Saturday to no avail.
HOME SWEET HOME: Home teams went a collective 6-1-1 last week, as all three Washington schools that hosted won both of their games. WWU, SPU, and CWU are a combined 12-1 on their home turf this season, while the other five GNAC schools are just 4-4 at home.
TRENDS: Five shutouts in last week's GNAC games continued the theme of scoreless affairs thus far in 2013...so far, 12 of the 16 conference games played have resulted in shutouts, with no game being decided by more than three goals...no team has scored more than one goal in a loss in 2013.
GNAC TEAM OF THE WEEK: Sept. 2-8 - Simon Fraser (Football) Sept. 9-15 - Northwest Nazarene (Volleyball) Sept. 16-22 - Montana State Billings (Men's XC) and Simon Fraser (Women's XC) Sept. 23-29 - Western Oregon (Football).
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