Forward Jessica Bertucci scored two goals on penalty kicks within five minutes of one another midway through the second half, lifting nationally ranked Western Washington University to a 3-0 victory over Saint Martin’s University in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s soccer contest on Saturday, Oct. 11, at the SMU Soccer Field.
WWU, rated No.19 in this week’s National Soccer Coaches Association of America NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, remained unbeaten at 10-0-2 overall and first in the GNAC standings at 6-0-2.
Saint Martin’s, which was coming off its first win of the season, fell to 1-9-2 overall and 1-6-1 in conference action.
“It was a little bit of a slow start today, but I was happy with the performance in the second half,” said WWU coach Travis Connell.
“We saw the urgency and the execution in the second half today. And we finally scored the second goal and put a team away, which opened things up for us for the rest of the half. So, those are positive steps.”
Following a scoreless first half, Stephanie Hamilton gave the Vikings a 1-0 lead in the 51st minute, scoring her first goal of the season. It came on a corner kick by Emily Webster that was headed by Brianna Jones and Hamilton knocked in the rebound from six yards.
Bertucci’s goals gave her a WWU-best five this season, and Webster’s assist was her team-leading fifth.