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Preview: Top teams look to extend streaks

Ranked No. 2 nationally and unbeaten in its first 10 games, eight of them shutouts, Western Washington continues a stretch of four road games this weekend when it travels to Seattle Pacific on Saturday.

The Vikings, who trail only Grand Valley State in the NSCAA coaches' poll for the third consecutive week, top the conference standings at 7-0-0. They won both the GNAC regular-season and tournament championships last year.

Forward Catherine Miles is second among league leaders in points with 13, having scored five goals and assisted on three. Her three game-winning goals are tied for tops in the conference. Forward Elise Aylward is tied for second in the GNAC with four assists.

WWU goalkeeper Alyssa Beauchamp leads the league in goals against average at 0.24 and save percentage at .882. She has allowed just two goals and has 15 saves in 742 minutes.

Seattle Pacific, which WWU defeated 2-1 at home on Oct. 3, is 8-3-0 overall and 5-2-0 in the conference.

The only squad the Vikings are behind in the rankings, Grand Valley State, will matchup with Ferris State on Saturday. The Lakers (9-0-1, 6-0-0) have yet to allow a goal this season and have outscored opponents 22-0 in their past four games.

 Jenny Shaba leads GVSU's well-balanced offense in points with five goals and two assists. Abbey Miller has played all but 33 minutes in goal for the Lakers this season, turning away all 25 shots she has faced.

Ferris State is on a three-game winning streak and stands at 5-4-0 overall and 4-2-0 in the GLIAC. Nichole Boehnke's five goals and three assists lead the Bulldogs offensively.



No. 1 Grand Valley State

9-0-1 Overall 6-0-0 GLIAC Saturday, Oct. 12 vs. Ferris State (5-4-0, 4-2-0) Wednesday: 2-0 win vs. Indianapolis Nine wins

No. 2 Western Washington

10-0-0 Overall 7-0-0 GNAC Saturday, Oct. 12 at Seattle Pacific (8-2-0, 5-1-0) Thursday: vs. 7-0 win vs. Simon Fraser Ten wins

No. 3 Saint Rose

9-0-1 Overall 6-0-1 Northeast-10 Saturday, Oct. 12 vs. Saint Anselm (5-4-1, 4-3-0) Monday, Oct. 14 at Mercy (9-1-0, 4-1-0) Tuesday: 0-0 draw vs. No. 6 American International One draw

No. 4 Minnesota State-Mankato

9-1-0 Overall 7-0-0 NSIC Saturday, Oct. 12 at Wayne State (Neb.) (1-8-1, 1-5-1) Sunday, Oct. 13 vs. Augustana (S.D.) (7-3-0, 5-2-0) Sunday: 4-0 win vs. Mary Six wins

No. 5 Colorado Mines

9-0-1 Overall 6-0-0 RMAC Friday, Oct. 11 vs. Colorado Mesa (5-5-0, 4-2-0) Sunday, Oct. 13 at Colorado Christian (4-6-0, 1-5-0) Sunday: 2-0 win vs. Adams State Six wins

No. 6 American International

9-0-1 overall 7-0-1 Northeast-10 Saturday, Oct. 12 vs. Merrimack (5-3-2, 3-2-2) Tuesday: 0-0 draw vs. No. 3 Saint Rose One draw

No. 7 Cal State Stanislaus

9-0-1 Overall 7-0-1 CCAA Friday, Oct. 11 at Cal State Dominguez Hills (4-5-1, 3-4-1) Sunday, Oct. 13 at Cal State Los Angeles (5-4-1, 3-4-1) Sunday: 4-1 win vs. Cal Poly Pomona Five wins

No. 8 West Florida

5-0-3 Overall 2-0-1 GSC Friday, Oct. 11 vs. Lee (6-2-0, 3-0-0) Sunday, Oct. 13 vs. Shorter (4-5-0, 1-1-0) Monday: 4-0 win vs. Spring Hill Two wins

No. 9 Quincy

9-0-2 Overall 7-0-1 GLVC Friday, Oct. 11 vs. Drury (6-3-2, 4-2-2) Sunday, Oct. 13 vs. Missouri S&T (3-3-2, 3-3-2) Wednesday: 1-0 win vs. Lindenwood Three wins

No. 10 Columbus State

8-3-0 Overall 5-0-0 PBC Monday, Oct. 14 vs. Flagler (4-6-1, 1-3-1) Wednesday: 10-0 win vs. Georgia Southwestern Five wins

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