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Mixed results on a busy sports Saturday for WWU

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Mixed results on a busy sports Saturday for WWU

WWU Sports Roundup

Women’s Soccer

BELLINGHAM, Wash. -¬†Western Washington University posted its third consecutive shutout, defeating Dixie State University, 3-0, on Saturday in women’s soccer action at Orca Field on the Whatcom CC campus.

Brianna Jones, ¬†Kristin Maris and Diana Pollock had goals for the Vikings, ranked No.7 nationally in this week’s National Soccer Coaches Association of America/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, as they improved to 3-0-0. Dixie State fell to 0-2-1.

Men’s Soccer

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Brais Garcia scored in the 26th minute, lifting Hawaii Pacific University to a 1-0 victory over Western Washington University on Saturday in men’s soccer action at Orca Field on the Whatcom CC campus.

The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for the Vikings, who fell to 2-2-0. Hawaii Pacific improved to 2-1-1.

The Sea Warrior goal came as Jimmy Baggett won a loose ball near the center circle and played it forward to Felipe Silva. Silva used his first touch to play a square ball into the path of Garcia, who finished from 15 yards.

Cross Country

SEATTLE, Wash. – Western Washington University had strong performances, placing second in the men’s run and fourth in the women’s competition, at the Sundodger Cross Country Invitational held Saturday morning at Lincoln Park.

The Viking men had 48 points, seven behind team champion British Columbia (41) among 18 teams. Simon Fraser (111) was third.

In a 17-team field, the WWU women had 124 points. British Columbia (38) took top honors, followed by Simon Fraser (56), Chico State (91) and Trinity Western (117). Seattle Pacific was fifth (151).

“It was a good effort by both squads,” said WWU coach Pee Wee Halsell (27th year). “Everybody ran well and did a good job of staying together.”

Volleyball

ROHNERT PARK, Calif. – Western Washington University suffered its first loss of the season, falling 20-25, 25-22, 25-14, 25-22, to host Sonoma State University in final-day action Saturday at the seventh Seawolf Spike Invitational Volleyball Tournament in a match between two top 25 nationally ranked teams.

The Vikings, No.12 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, fell to 7-1 overall and finished 3-1 at the tourney. Earlier in the day, they swept San Francisco State, 25-21, 25-8, 25-21.

“Going 7-1 in the preseason was good to do, but now we have to get ready for conference play,” said WWU head coach Diane Flick (14th year, 280-75).

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