Forward Catherine Miles (Sr., Anacortes) scored her second goal in as many games as nationally ranked Western Washington University defeated Sonoma State University, 2-0, in a non-conference women’s soccer contest on Saturday, Sept. 5, at Harrington Field on the WWU campus.
The Vikings, ranked No.14 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of American NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, improved to 2-0-0. Sonoma State fell to 1-1-0.
Having survived a series of Seawolf attacks in the first 15 minutes, WWU reached the scoreboard in the 32nd minute as a corner kick by Stephanie Hamilton (Sr., Orting/Bellarmine Prep) bounced off a Sonoma State defender for an own goal.
Miles doubled the advantage in 54th minute, fighting off a defender to win a pass from Savanna Moorehouse (Sr., Bonney Lake), then curling a shot into the upper right post from 20 yards out on the left.
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“That’s a huge win against a quality opponent,” said WWU coach Travis Connell. “We weathered the pressure early on and showed a lot of maturity in working our way back into the game and then getting a goal.”
The Seawolves, though, battled back, nearly scoring in the 63rd minute, when Miriam Bloom’s free kick from 25 yards forced a diving save by goalkeeper Ashley Haden (Sr., Brush Prairie/Hockinson). Haden, who had six saves in the game, pushed the ball off the left post, and a Viking defender then cleared it off the line.
“Ashley Haden had a great game tonight,” Connell said. “She had some huge saves.”
WWU had a 17-10 advantage in shot attempts. Midfielder Caitlyn Jobanek (Jr., Springfield, OR/Thurston) came close to scoring twice for the Vikings, having a shot cleared off the line by Sonoma State’s Jori Wilder in the first half, then hitting the crossbar in the second half.
It was the first meeting of the two schools since the Vikings claimed a 3-2 overtime victory at Sonoma State in the 2012 West Regional semifinal of the NCAA II National Tournament.
WWU visits Humboldt State on Wednesday, Sept. 9 (3 p.m.).