It was a big Thursday night in Washington college soccer. The Washington Husky Women got a goal from Amanda Perez to top UCLA 2-1 at Montlake while down at Interbay in Seattle the 5th-ranked Western Vikings edged 24th-ranked Seattle Pacific Women 1-0. See scores and links to full recaps below.
Washington 2-1 UCLA (recap)
SEATTLE – Junior midfielder Amanda Perez scored the game-winning goal in the 85th minute (video clip) as UW women’s soccer beat the UCLA Bruins to pick up its first Pac-12 win of the 2015 season and remain unbeaten at home.
“This means a lot,” Perez said. “We’ve had a great season so far but the Pac-12 is a whole different animal. We wanted to start off strong and we were disappointed with our performance at Arizona. I feel like this win will go a long way towards getting us rolling and regaining some of that momentum and confidence. This puts on the right path of playing good soccer again.”
Seattle Pacific 0-1 Western Washington (recap)
SEATTLE — Caitlyn Jobanek (Jr., Springfield, OR/Thurston) scored in the 49th minute, as Western Washington University defeated Seattle Pacific University, 1-0, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s soccer battle of nationally ranked teams on Thursday, Oct. 1, at Interbay Stadium.
The Vikings, ranked No.5 in this week’s National Soccer Coaches Association of America NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, improved to 8-1-0 overall and remained perfect in the GNAC at 4-0-0 with their sixth consecutive victory.
SPU fell to 5-2-1 overall and 1-2-1 in conference play.
Western Washington 1-2 Seattle Pacific (recap)
BELLINGHAM – The way things have been going for his offense, Thursday’s two-goal output seemed like an outburst to Coach Mark Collings.
Goals from Ian Adams and substitute Mori Tsuchiya in the final half-hour brought unbeaten and seventh-ranked Seattle Pacific from behind for a 2-1 Great Northwest Athletic Conference men’s soccer win over Western Washington at Harrington Field.
The Falcons (6-0-2, 2-0-2 GNAC), coming off a pair of draws, won the opening game of four straight on the road, and it was their fourth win in a row versus the Vikings (3-3-2, 1-2-1 GNAC). Only three other SPU teams have started seasons on longer unbeaten runs.
Washington State 0-1 USC (recap)
PULLMAN – The Washington State soccer team dropped just its second contest of the season, Thursday, falling to USC, 1-0, in the Cougars’ Pac-12 home opener at Lower Soccer Field. A goal by the Trojans (7-3-1, 2-0-0) in the 78th minute proved to be the game winner, as the No. 20 Cougars (8-2-0, 1-1-0) lost their first conference match of the season.
“First, credit to USC. They’re a great team,” WSU Head Coach Todd Shulenberger said. “The unfortunate part is, we had a great game plan going in to tonight and we held our own. We had some chances to tie it up or even get the first goal, but that’s the way the game goes sometimes. I’m happy with our group. We’ll bounce back and be ready to go on Sunday.”
Gonzaga 0-1 BYU (recap)
SPOKANE, Wash. — The No. 6 BYU women’s soccer team held off a feisty effort by Gonzaga for a 1-0 road win Thursday. It was the West Coast Conference opening game for both teams.
The Cougars (9-1-1, 1-0-0 West Coast Conference) are now unbeaten in their last six games. They have also now won all eight meetings in the all-time series against GU. But, BYU had to earn Thursday’s result.
Central Washington 6-2 Northwest Nazarene (recap)
ELLENSBURG – The Central Washington University soccer team picked up its first Great Northwest Athletic Conference win of the season with a 6-2 victory over Northwest Nazarene University. The Wildcats are now 3-5-0 on the season with a 1-2-0 record in GNAC matchups. The Crusaders fall to 4-4-1 on the year with a 1-2-1 record in GNAC play.
The Wildcats got on the board early to put the Crusaders behind. Whitney Lowe took possession as she advanced into the offensive third and placed a through ball on the ground past the Crusaders’ back line that found Keilin Farrand. Farrand’s shot beat Daniele Ortiz for a 1-0 lead in the 6th minute.