Soccer: WWU men & women top NNU on the road

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Soccer: WWU men & women top NNU on the road

WWU men opens GNAC play with 2-1 win at Northwest Nazarene

NAMPA, Id. — Midfielder Gabriele Zaccagnini (Jr., Olympia/Capital) assisted on both goals as the Western Washington University men’s soccer team defeated Northwest Nazarene University, 2-1, in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference opener for both teams Thursday at the NNU Soccer Field.

The Vikings improved to 3-2-0 overall. NNU, which has played all of its games at home this season, fell to 0-2-2.

“The first half we did very well, then we struggled a bit in the second half, but we were able to get the win,” said WWU head coach Greg Brisbon.

WWU’s game winner came in the 88th minute, midfielder Tye Hastings (R-Jr., Mill Creek/Jackson) finding the net after receiving a cross from Zaccagnini. The goal was Hastings’ second of the year.

The Vikings took a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute as forward Andrew Weishaar (Sr., Puyallup) fended off two defenders to score his third goal of the young campaign after receiving a long pass from Zaccagnini.

NNU tied the game in the 58th minute on a goal by Fredy Razo, who got a through ball from Luke Broz.

The Crusaders had advantages of 16-8 in shots and 7-4 in corner kicks.

WWU completes its road trip Saturday, Sept. 21 (1:30 p.m.), traveling to Montana State Billings for a GNAC counter.

WWU women remain undefeated, opens GNAC play with 3-0 win at NNU

NAMPA, Id. — Western Washington University scored all of its goals in the first half and did not allow a shot on goal in beginning defense of its league championship with a 3-0 win over Northwest Nazarene University in women’s soccer action Thursday at the NNU Soccer Field.

The game was the Great Northwest Athletic Conference opener for both schools.

The Vikings, ranked No.4 nationally in this week’s National Soccer Coaches Association of America/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, improved to 4-0-0 and have not allowed a goal this season. NNU fell to 1-3-0.

“I was happy we started the game off well,” said WWU coach Travis Connell (11th year, 125-59-19). “We’re getting off to good starts and played a very good first half. We applied pressure, created chances, and scored goals which enabled us to play a lot of players and work on a lot of things.”

Freshman Caitlyn Jobanek (Springfield, OR/Thurston) began the scoring for WWU with a rocket from 25 yards in the 16th minute. In the 30th minute, Brianna Jones (Jr., Bonney Lake) headed in a corner kick by Ashton Griffen (Sr., Duvall/Cedarcrest).

WWU scored again in the 41st minute when Stephanie Hamilton (So., Orting/Bellarmine Prep) found the net from 10 yards on a one-on-one opportunity set up by Catherine Miles (So., Anacortes) and Anna Geldenhuys (Sr., Bellevue/Sammamish).

The Vikings had a 16-2 advantage in shots and a 4-3 edge in corner kicks.

It is seventh straight time that WWU has blanked the Crusaders.

The Vikings next are at Montana State Billings on Saturday, Sept. 21 (3 p.m.) for a GNAC counter.