Top 10 Roundup
No. 7 Western Washington wins home opener, No. 4 MSU wins
No. 4 Minnesota State-Mankato 1, Concordia-St. Paul 0
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Sophomore Korey Kronforst's goal less than three minutes into the match proved to be decisive as fourth-ranked Minnesota State shutout Concordia-St. Paul, 1-0, to claim its Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference opener Thursday night at Sea Foam Stadium.
MSU (3-0-0, 1-0-0 NSIC) extends its NSIC unbeaten streak to 21 and its overall unbeaten streak to 24 matches - both school records - while CU falls to 0-3-0 overall and 0-1-0 in conference action. Junior Molly McGough notched her third shutout of the year and 20th career shutout in league play, third-best in NSIC history and one shy of tying for second all-time.
The Maverick offense came to life just 2:28 into the contest when senior Courtney Vallarelli had her initial shot blocked by a CU defender, but sophomore Korey Kronforst buried the rebound into the left side for her first goal of the season giving MSU an early 1-0 advantage. Golden Bear sophomore McKenzie Buck threatened to tie the match six minutes later but was denied by McGough, who made a diving save to her right, preserving the lead. McGough made two additional saves at the end of the first half as CU held an 8-7 advantage in shots and a 5-4 mark in shots on goal after 45 minutes of play.
In the second half, Minnesota State-Mankato peppered Golden Bear sophomore Emma Gartner with 11 shots and five on goal but was unable to find the second one as the match ended, 1-0.
Kronforst fired a match-high six shots, while McGough recorded five saves - all in the first half - as she earned her 28th career shutout. Gartner made a match-high eight saves for the Golden Bears. Overall, MSU outshot CU 20-8 and 9-5 in shots on goal.
No. 7 Western Washington 2, Notre Dame de Namur 0
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- Forward Catherine Miles scored a goal and assisted on another as Western Washington won its home opener 2-0 against Notre Dame de Namur on Thursday.
The Vikings, ranked No.7 nationally in this week's coaches' poll, improved to 2-0-0 with the triumph. WWU is unbeaten in nine of its last 10 home openers with last four being consecutive.
NDNU fell to 2-2-0.
Miles opened the scoring just 26 seconds into the game. Stephanie Hamilton played a ball down the right side to Elise Aylward and Miles finished Aylward's low cross.
After controlling the contest for long stretches, the Vikings got an insurance goal in the 66th minute. A through ball by Ashton Griffen found Miles down the left side. Miles then crossed into the goalmouth, and Kristin Maris finished to the far post with a flick off the outside of her right foot.
The Vikings had an 18-4 advantage in shot attempts, including a 10-1 edge in the first 30 minutes.
WWU goalkeeper Alyssa Beauchamp made just one save in earning her second consecutive shutout.