Lexi Klinkenberg scored the only goal of the game in the 57th minute, lifting nationally ranked Western Washington University to a 1-0 win over Seattle Pacific University in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s soccer contest Thursday, Oct. 23, at Robert S. Harrington Field on the WWU campus.
The victory was the 20th straight at home for WWU, ranked No. 20 in this week’s National Soccer Coaches Association of America NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll and No. 1 in the West Region rating. The Vikings remain unbeaten at 13-0-2 overall and atop the GNAC at 9-0-2, having already clinched a berth in the four-team GNAC post-season tournament
The Vikings, who had a 22-8 advantage in shots, had their best spell of the game early in the second half, controlling possession and territory, and it finally paid off 11 minutes after halftime.
Stephanie Hamilton played a ball over the top of the SPU defense to Elise Aylward. Alyward played a low cross from a tight angle on the left that SPU goalkeeper Alexa Hughes dived to deflect, but Klinkenburg arrived at the far post to tap the rebound in for her first collegiate goal.