Nationally ranked Western Washington University gave up a goal in the 88th minute as it tied 1-1 in overtime with Western Oregon University in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s soccer contest on Thursday, Oct. 9, in Monmouth, Ore.
WWU, rated No.19 in this week’s National Soccer Coaches Association of America NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, remained unbeaten overall at 9-0-2 and first in the GNAC standings at 5-0-2.
A goal by Allison Sprecher, her first of the season, with less than two minutes remaining sent the game into extra time for WOU, 4-4-3 overall and 2-2-3 in conference action.
She put a loose ball just past WWU goalkeeper Ashley Haden. Credited with an assist was Taija Bjoro.
“She (Sprecher) kind of flicked the ball and Ashley slipped a little bit and got a hand on it but couldn’t push it wide,” WWU coach Travis Connell said in a news release. “It was a bad time for us to give up a goal, we were almost there. But give a lot of credit to Western Oregon, they battled hard and made everything difficult for us today.”
The goal was just the third that WWU has given up this season, one of those being an own goal, and snapped a string of three straight shutouts for the Vikings. They entered the game ranked No.1 nationally in goals against average at 0.19 and shutout percentage at 0.80 and second in save percentage at 93.8.
WWU scored in the 11th minute as Catherine Miles picked up her team-leading fourth goal of the season on a volley of a cross by Kim Cooper.
WWU had a 14-11 advantage in shots. Haden made four saves and WOU’s Amanda Rose Johnson had seven stops.