A first-half goal by Heather Young was the difference as Seattle Pacific University defeated Western Washington University, 1-0, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's soccer battle between two nationally ranked teams Saturday night at Orca Field on the Whatcom CC campus.
The loss dropped the Vikings, ranked No.14 in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America/NCAA Division II Top 25, to 15-3-0 overall and 12-2-0 in the GNAC. The Vikings, who had a 10-match winning streak snapped, had already clinched first place in the conference and the top seed in the GNAC tournament, which begins Thursday (5 p.m.) at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila.
Seattle Pacific, ranked No. 21, improved to 14-2-2 overall and 11-1-2 in the GNAC with its ninth consecutive victory. The Falcons are unbeaten in their last 13 contests, including two ties.
Young's game-winner came in the 20th minute off an assist from Riley Dopps, as she fired a shot from the right side that hit the far post and went in.
"It was a good goal, she cut inside and curled a shot in," WWU coach Travis Connell said in a news release. "Two really good teams played good soccer and SPU got the best of us today."
It was the first goal allowed by WWU in 919 minutes and 29 seconds, ending a school-record streak. It was also the first goal allowed at home by the Vikings this season.
WWU had a 15-9 edge in shot attempts, including a 7-0 advantage in the last 21 minutes.