Freshman forward Stephanie Hamilton scored the first two goals of her collegiate career less than five minutes apart in the first half as Western Washington University defeated Northwest Nazarene University 4-0 in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's soccer game Thursday, Sept. 27, at Whatcom Community College.
The Vikings improved to 7-2-0 overall and 4-1-0 in conference play. They have won seven of their last eight games, six of them shutouts.
The shutout was WWU's 10th straight at home and the 14th in its last 16 matches (11-1-4) at Orca Field.
NNU fell to 4-5-0 overall and 1-4-0 in the GNAC with its fourth loss in five games.
Hamilton opened the scoring with a 22-yard blast in the 19th minute off an assist from Kristen Maris, then added a second goal in the 24th minute with Catherine Miles and Ashton Griffen getting assists.
Leading 2-0 at halftime, the Vikings iced the game with a pair of second-half goals. Maris scored her team-best sixth goal of the year in the 50th minute, finishing from 12 yards after getting a through ball from Joana Houplin, then Houplin added the final marker, her first of the season, in the 65th minute, splitting a group of defenders on the dribble and finishing from 15 yards out.
WWU goalkeeper Jamie Arthurs posted the 29th shutout of her four-year career without making a save. She is just two shy of the WWU record set by Teresa Fish (2003-05, 2007).