The Western Washington women’s soccer team continued its undefeated season Saturday with a 2-0 win over fifth seed Central Washington in the NCAA Division II Tournament.
The Vikings scored in the first 23 seconds on a goal by freshman forward Liv Larson. The goal was set up by sophomore Taylor Hallquist, who played a 40-yard through ball right to forward Gabriela Pelogi, who then crossed the ball to Larson.
Western is the No. 1 seed, and No. 1 team in the nation, and was coming off of a first-round bye. The bye didn’t slow them, as 15 minutes later, senior forward Elise Aylward hooked a corner kick just inside the far post. Aylward just missed a penalty kick 10 minutes earlier.
“It always feels good to have a short memory, with misses especially,” Aylward said. “I just tried to focus on the next play.”
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Western will turn its focus to the next round, when it will play UC San Diego with the place and time to be determined.