Forward Jessica Bertucci scored the game’s only goal in the 57th minute and nationally ranked Western Washington University played stifling defense as the Vikings blanked Cal Baptist University, 1-0, in a non-conference women’s soccer game Wednesday, Sept. 10, in Riverside, Calif.
WWU, rated third in this week’s National Soccer Coaches Association of America NCAA Division II Top 25, improved to 3-0-0. They have not allowed a goal this season.
CBU, which fell to 1-2-0, managed just one shot in the second half.
“The longer the game went, the better we played,” WWU coach Travis Connell said in a news release. “Once we got acclimated and got our feet underneath us, we really took control of the game and not only were we able to defend, but keep possession as well which really was the big difference.”
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Bertucci got her second goal of the season at 56:24 as she dribbled around three defenders, then cut a shot across her body from 18 yards, a perfect laser-beam into the left corner.
“It was a big-time goal by a big-time player,” Connell said.
Four minutes later, WWU’s Catherine Miles fired a shot that hit the post.
Goalkeeper Ashley Haden posted her third shutout for the Vikings, making two saves. She was helped by the excellent play of Lexi Klinkenberg and Katherine Miccile.