Oct. 24, 2011
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Three regular-season games remain for the Western Washington University women's soccer team and just one of those is at home when the Vikings entertain Western Oregon University on Saturday (1 p.m.) in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference counter at Orca Field on the Whatcom CC campus.
The contest will be the final one at home for seven WWU seniors. They are Kelly Cates (Poulsb/North Kitsap), Megan Chapin (Seattle/Garfield), Emily Frankland (Sammamish/Skyline), Katie Griffith (Burlington/Burlington-Edison), Justina MacDowell (Bellevue/Sammamish), Alicia Patten (Seattle/Holy Names Academy) and Emily Warman (Sedro-Woolley).
The Vikings, 7-5-3 overall and fourth in the GNAC at 6-4-1, travel to Saint Martin's University on Thursday (3:15 p.m.) and are at Simon Fraser University on Friday, Nov. 4 (7 p.m.).
Travis Connell, who is in his ninth season coaching the WWU women, is one win shy of his 100th victory with a record of 99-55-19. Connell is 117-112-14 in 13 years as the Viking men's coach for an overall record of 216-167-33.
The Vikings are 5-1-3 at home this season, the lone loss being 1-0 to conference-leader Seattle Pacific on Sept. 14.
Last week, the Vikings tied and won in a pair of GNAC home games. They played Montana State Billings to a 0-0 deadlock despite having a 24-6 shot advantage, then crushed Northwest Nazarene 4-0. In all, WWU outshot the opposition, 50-15.
Saint Martin's is 3-10-2 overall and 3-8-0 in GNAC action. The Saints have won three of their last seven games, all the wins being on the road, following a 0-6-2 start.
Western Oregon, which is at Simon Fraser on Thursday, is 5-7-3 overall and 4-5-2 in conference play. The Wolves are 3-2-1 in their last six games after beginning the season 2-5-2.
Simon Fraser, which hosts Western Oregon on Thursday and travels to Saint Martin's on Sunday, is 2-10-1 overall and 1-9-1 in league action. The Clan is 1-1-1 in its last three games after winning just one of its first 10 contests.
WWU posted wins over all three opponents earlier this season, defeating Saint Martin's 3-0, Western Oregon 4-1 and Simon Fraser 1-0. The Vikings hold series advantages over Saint Martin's, 6-2-1, and Western Oregon, 23-5, winning the last 11 meetings. They trail Simon Fraser, 14-16-3.
WWU, which snapped a two-game scoreless streak with its win over Northwest Nazarene, is led in scoring by Frankland, who has five goals and one assist for 11 points.
Tied for second with eight points are sophomore midfielder Brina Sych (Vancouver/Union), who has three goals and two assists, and Chapin, who tops the team with four assists to go with two goals.
MacDowell, who earned GNAC co-Player of the Week honors earlier this fall, has three goals and one assist for seven points.
Junior goalkeeper Jamie Arthurs (Richland) is first in the GNAC in shutouts with eight. She has a goals against average of 0.66 and a .804 save percentage.
Five Vikings Earn D2CCA All-West Region Honors
Vikings place four players on First Team, one player on Second Team
Vikings Edged 2-0 by UCSD in West Regional Final
WWU finishes season 18-2-0 while making sixth consecutive NCAA Championships appearance
Vikings Ready to Defend West Regional Title
WWU women's soccer takes on UC San Diego Friday night in La Jolla, Calif.
Women's Soccer Heads to San Diego for West Regional Championship
Vikings will travel to La Jolla, Calif., for Friday night showdown (7 pm) with regional rival UCSD
Defending National Champions Advance to NCAA West Regional Final
Defending national champion Vikings beat Sonoma State 2-0 in second round of NCAA II Championships
No. 2-Seed Vikings Open West Regional Play Saturday vs. Sonoma State
The Vikings open NCAA II Championships play facing No. 3-seed Sonoma State at 1 pm at Harrington Field
Defending National Champions Set for NCAA Championships
WWU women's soccer heads into postseason play with 17-1-0 record
Vikings Announced as No. 2 Seed in West Region
WWU will host the first and second rounds, facing Cal Baptist or Sonoma State on Saturday at 1 pm in Bellingham
It's Selection Show Monday for WWU Soccer
The women's soccer program will find out who it plays in the NCAA championships at 3 pm
Women's Soccer Named GNAC Team of the Week
The Vikings won their third consecutive GNAC Championships tournament title last Saturday
Vikings Win Third Straight GNAC Championships Title
WWU receives automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Championships with 1-0 double-overtime win at Concordia
Vikings Will Face Concordia in GNAC Championships Final
WWU has advanced to the title game of all six GNAC Championships. Will face Concordia Saturday at 1 pm
WWU Tops SPU 2-0, Advances to GNAC Championship
Karli White and Emily Bunnell score goals for Vikings, as defense holds SPU to 4 shots
Vikings Head Into Postseason at GNAC Championships
WWU is the No. 2 seed in the GNAC Championships, facing rival Seattle Pacific Thursday at 4 pm
Nine Vikings Named to GNAC Women's Soccer All-Conference Team
Four Vikings named First Team All-GNAC, Karli White named GNAC Newcomer of the Year