Three Western Washington University freshmen scored their first collegiate goals and goalkeeper Jamie Arthurs recorded the 24th shutout of her four-year career, as the Vikings bounced back with a 4-0 win over Notre Dame de Namur University in a West Region women's soccer contest Saturday, Sept. 1 at Koret Field, in Belmont, Calif.
The Vikings, who lost 1-0 at nationally No. 4-ranked Chico State in their season opener Thursday, Aug. 30, evened their record at 1-1-0.
"We were looking to get a bounce back performance and we got that," WWU head coach Travis Connell said in a press release. "I was very pleased with how we performed and not just because of the score. The score was indicative of how we controlled the game offensively and defensively. We were much better at keeping the ball out of the back and we obviously finished some chances."
Arthurs, who made two saves, needs eight shutouts to reach the WWU standard. She has posted a school record tying 11 in each of the last two seasons.
The trio of first-year Vikings scoring included Catherine Miles in the ninth minute, Delanee Nilles in the 37th minute and Jessica Bertucci in the 74th minute. Ashton Griffen assisted on Miles' goal and Anna Geldenhuys on the goals by Nilles and Bertucci.
WWU's Joana Houplin completed the scoring on a penalty kick with less than two minutes remaining.
The Vikings had 22-6 advantage in shots.
WWU plays its home opener against Hawaii Pacific University at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6, at Orca Field on Whatcom Community College's campus.