Western women’s soccer team clinches GNAC title
The Western Washington University women’s soccer team clinched a second-straight regular-season conference championship.
Forward Kristin Maris scored in the 83rd minute as the Western Washington University women’s soccer team clinched a second-straight regular-season conference championship with a 2-1 victory over Central Washington on Thursday.
The Vikings (15-1 overall) lead the Great Northwest Athletic Conference at 12-1.
“Maris has been our leader all season. She was on the bench when they tied the game. I immediately put her in the game and she responded with a goal. How could you ask any more than that?” coach Travis Connell said.
• Northwest University’s Shea Samuelsen scored just 1:46 into the first half and her team held off Oregon Tech for a 1-0 victory. Northwest (9-7-1, 5-2-1 conference) has clinched a spot in the Cascade Conference playoffs.
• Sean Russell blasted in a long shot in the 18th minute and Seattle Pacific (11-1-3, 9-0-3 GNAC) beat Western Washington 1-0 and set a school record for the longest unbeaten streak in men’s soccer (14 games, dating to the season opener).
• The Washington women’s soccer team (7-7-4) couldn’t break through against Pac-12 foe Stanford in a 1-0 home loss. The Huskies have two games remaining, both at home, in a push for a postseason berth.
• Heather Young scored twice and assisted on a third goal for the Seattle Pacific women (13-4), who posted their season-high scoring total in a 5-0 win over Simon Fraser.
• Western Washington had three players with double-figure kills and libero Samantha Hutchinson had a match-high 33 digs as the Vikings (16-3, 9-2 in GNAC) defeated Central Washington 25-23, 24-18, 14-25, 25-16.
From sports-information reports.