Western Washington blanks Northwest Nazarene for seventh time
No. 4 Western Washington 3, Northwest Nazarene 0
NAMPA, Idaho -- Western Washington 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 against Northwest Nazarene on 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 coaches' poll, improved to 4-0-0 and have not allowed a goal this season. NNU fell to 1-3-0.
Freshman Caitlyn Jobanek began the scoring for WWU with a rocket from 25 yards in the 16th minute. In the 30th minute, Brianna Jones headed in a corner kick by Ashton Griffen.
WWU scored again in the 41st minute when Stephanie Hamilton found the net from 10 yards on a one-on-one opportunity set up by Catherine Miles and Anna Geldenhuys.
The Vikings had a 16-2 advantage in shots and a 4-3 edge in corner kicks.
It is seventh consecutive time that WWU has blanked the Crusaders.