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WWU women’s soccer defeats Simon Fraser in overtime

Delanee Nilles scored in the sixth minute of overtime to keep nationally ranked Western Washington University undefeated with a 1-0 victory over Simon Fraser University in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s soccer contest on Thursday, Oct. 2, at Robert S. Harrington Field on the WWU campus.

WWU, rated No.22 in this week’s National Soccer Coaches Association of America NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, improved to 8-0-1 overall and 4-0-1 in the GNAC. It was the 17th consecutive home triumph for the Vikings, a streak dating from the start of the 2013 season.

SFU, which had a two-game winning streak snapped, fell to 2-7-0 overall and 2-3-0 in conference play.

Western’s goal came after Sierra Shugarts played a long ball deep into the penalty area. Jessica Bertucci cut in front of SFU goalkeeper Priya Sandhu to knock down the ball, then retrieved it and played a back heel to Nilles, who hit a low shot inside the left post for the game winner.

The Vikings had a massive 29-1 advantage in shot attempts in shutting out the Clan for the ninth consecutive meeting. SFU did not have a shot on target, and no attempts at all in the last 88 minutes.