Reserve forward Anna DeWeirdt had a goal and an assist as nationally ranked Western Washington University defeated Notre Dame de Namur University, 2-0, in a non-conference women’s soccer game Monday afternoon at Harrington Field on the WWU campus.
WWU, rated third in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America NCAA Division II Top 25, improved to 4-0-0 and have yet to allow a goal this season. The victory was the 22nd straight at home for the Vikings, three shy of the school record set from 1981to 1986.
NDNU, which fell to 2-2-0, got nine saves from goalkeeper Abigail Cebrero. She made five in holding WWU scoreless in the first half.
“We played better in the second half,” WWU coach Travis Connell said in a phone interview. “Anna DeWeirdt did a great job coming off the bench. She turned the game around for us.”
DeWeirdt, a transfer from NCAA I New Hampshire, broke a scoreless tie 56 seconds into the second half, coming across the goalmouth for a tap-in on a cross from Lexi Klinkenberg. Also getting an assist on the play was Kim Cooper.
In the 63rd minute, Jessica Bertucci scored her team-leading third goal of the season, beating the goalie one-on-one on a one touch after receiving a long entry from DeWeirdt.
Goalkeeper Ashley Haden made six saves for the Vikings, who had a 29-14 shot advantage.