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Soccer: WWU Men and Women win Saturday

Soccer: WWU Men and Women win Saturday

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Forward Catherine Miles (So., Anacortes) scored a hat trick, all three goals coming during a 23-minute stretch of the second half, as nationally ranked Western Washington University blanked Northwest Nazarene University, 6-0, on Saturday in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s soccer contest at Orca Field on the Whatcom CC campus.

The Vikings, ranked No.12 nationally in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, improved to 14-1-0 overall, 10 of their wins being shutouts, and lead the GNAC at 11-1-0. They are 8-0-0 at home. NNU, which has not won in 11 games (0-8-3), fell to 1-10-3 overall and 0-8-3 in league action.

WWU’s Jessica Bertucci (So., Bellingham/Sehome) had opened the scoring in the 16th minute, taking a cross from Elise Aylward and tapping it in.

The Vikings also scored a pair of late goals, Delanne Nilles  heading home an Ashton Griffen  corner in the 80th minute and Bertucci notching her second of the game three minutes later.

The Vikings, who have not allowed a second-half goal this season, have outscored the opposition, 41-5, overall.

WWU travels to Central Washington on Thursday, Oct. 31 (3 p.m.), for a GNAC counter.

Men: WWU beats Northwest Nazarene in Overtime 1-0

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Andrew Weishaar  scored 5:46 into overtime, helping  Western  University extend its winning streak to four with a 1-0 victory over Northwest Nazarene University on Saturday in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men’s soccer contest at Orca Field on the Whatcom CC campus.

The Vikings improved to 9-3-3 overall and 7-1-3 in the GNAC.

NNU fell to 3-6-5 overall and 3-5-3 in league play.

Jeremy Wentzel  set up the winning goal, slotting a pass through a narrow space between two defenders to find Weishaar 25 yards out, and the forward then fought off a defender going forward before finishing with the outside of his right foot from 18 yards out for his ninth goal of the season.

The goal was Weishaar’s GNAC-leading fifth game winner of the season.

The contest was the second of five consecutive home games for the Vikings, who are 5-1-0 at Orca Field this season.

WWU hosts Seattle Pacific on Thursday, Oct. 31 (7:30 p.m.), in a GNAC counter.

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