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Soccer At Home After Strong Start on the Road


After another 2-0-0 weekend, the Central Washington University soccer team is 4-0-0 on the season.  The undefeated start is the best in CWU history.  This week, the Wildcats have a pair of matches at home against Northwest University (Wash.) and current NSCAA No. 7 University of San Diego. Kick-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Tuesday (Sept. 13) against Northwest and noon on Friday (Sept. 16) against UC San Diego.

The Northwest University Eagles come into Ellensburg with a 4-1-0 record, after picking up a pair of wins over Whitman and Linfield last week.

"Northwest has gone out early and gotten some good results," CWU Head Coach Mike Farrand said.  They have always been a good program and solid within their conference.  I expect them to go out and be a factor in their conference championship."

Whitney Weaver leads the Eagles with four goals.  Jubilee Zevenbergen and Tiffany Taylor have botch notched two goals.  Lauren Hellum has handled the majority of the Eagles' time in net, allowing just one goal and making six saves.

"For us, It's important we focus on building off our last game against Dominican and grow the game out," Farrand added.  Play fast enough to play the game on the front foot and play attacking soccer."

The Wildcats then set their sights on No. 7 UC San Diego on Friday.

"Definitely a big week in division II play with UCSD coming up to the PNW," Farrand said.  "Brian has a 30-year career in college soccer and it's a great opportunity for us to play against them and show how much we have grown.  It will give us a great test to show where we are in the region early."

The Tritons are out to a 3-1-0 record with three shutout victories over Azusa Pacific, Point Loma, and Regis.  They have scored 12 goals and allowed just one.  The one goal against came in their only loss against Colorado School of Mines.

Prior to getting to Ellensburg, the Tritons stop in Bellingham for a matchup against No. 9 Western Washington.

Katie O'Laughlin has been the spark for the Tritons on offense.  She has compiled five goals on 13 shots.

The defense for UCSD has been especially tough, they've only allowed 10 shots on goal, nine of which have been turned aside by goalkeeper Itzel Gonzalez.  She has played all 360 minutes in goal for UCSD.   

"We are built around us and who we are together," Farrand added. "I think the goal scoring reflects that in some aspects.  I think we saw a glimmer from players that can be a factor for us, but having everyone can contribute for us is a huge plus.  We want to measure our season on how we do the last four games of the season, rather than the first four."

The Wildcats have scored eight goals on the season with eight different scorers, including Dominican's own goal from this weekend.

Freshman goalkeeper Emily Holt has been stellar between the pipes for the Wildcats, stopping 23 shots.  Central's defensive back line of Abbie Litka, Allie Bohnett, Jessica Haga, and Meghan Ward have forced opponents to take outside shots, greatly limiting their scoring opportunities.

Kaysha Darcy earned Great Northwest Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors after scoring the winning goal against Dominican University of California.
 

September 13, 2016