Oct. 31, 2011
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Looking to end its season on a very positive note, the Western Washington University women's soccer team travels to Simon Fraser University on Friday (7 p.m.) for a Great Northwest Athletic Conference contest at Terry Fox Field on the SFU campus.
The contest is the last for seven WWU seniors. They are Kelly Cates (Poulsbo/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, 9-5-3 overall and tied for third in the GNAC at 8-4-1, has won its last three games and is unbeaten in its last four contests (3-0-1). They won both of their games last week, 2-0 at Saint Martin's and 3-0 at home versus Western Oregon.
Forward Kristin Maris (So., Issaquah) scored both goals against Saint Martin's and had one versus Western Oregon, giving her four for the season.
Against Saint Martin's, WWU head Coach Travis Connell picked up his 100th career victory in just his ninth year (101-55-19) directing the women's program. Connell is 117-114-14 in 13 years as the Viking men's coach for an overall record of 218-169-33.
WWU, which finished 6-1-3 at home this season, has not given up a goal during its four-game unbeaten streak.
Junior goalkeeper Jamie Arthurs (Richland) had two saves last week in extending her current scoreless streak to 386 minutes and 43 seconds. She leads the GNAC in shutouts with 10 and ranks second in goals against average at 0.58.
Arthurs ranks second among school career leaders and fifth in the GNAC in both goals against average at 0.71 and career shutouts with 22.
"She has been incredibly consistent this season and gives our team so much confidence," said Connell of Arthurs.
Simon Fraser is 2-11-2 overall and 1-10-2 in league action. The Clan is 1-2-2 in its last five games after winning just one of its first 10 contests.
WWU, which trails 14-16-3 in its series with Simon Fraser, is 3-0-2 in its last five meetings with the Clan, four of those going to overtime. WWU is led in scoring by Frankland, who has five goals and one assist for 11 points.
Tied for second with 10 points are sophomore midfielder Brina Sych (Vancouver/Union), who has four goals and two assists; and Chapin, who has three goals and tops the team with four assists.
Maris is fourth with nine points and tied for fifth with seven points are MacDowell, GNAC co-Player of the Week earlier this fall, who has three goals and one assist; and Joana Houplin (Jr., Olympia), who has two goals and three assists.
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