WWU Vikings split results

WWUDENVER, Colo. – Western Washington University senior forward Karli White scored the game-winning goal in the 87th minute to lead the No. 11 nationally-ranked Vikings to a 1-0 victory over MSU Denver Thursday evening at the Regency Athletic Complex.

White, a redshirt senior that was out all last season with a foot injury, provided the key moment in the contest with her goal at the 86:14 mark. White took ball deep in the box, created space by carrying it out towards the top of the box and buried it home with her left foot. The goal was White’s 11th in two seasons (19 games) with the Vikings and 26th overall in her collegiate career also playing two seasons at Seattle U.

Junior goalkeeper Natalie Dierickx (Kirkland, WA/Inglemoor/Colorado State) recorded three saves to earn the clean sheet, the ninth of her career, including a big save in the 21st minute to stymie a breakaway opportunity by MSUD.

White had an opportunity to put the Vikings ahead in the 74th minute when she drew a penalty kick, but her shot sailed high over the crossbar. After a pair of close calls by White in the 77th and 79th minutes, she converted the game-winner in the less than four minutes remaining in regulation.

WWU out-shot the Roadrunners (0-1-0) 16-5 and held a 5-3 edge in shots on goal.

Chico State edges Viking Men

WWUBELLINGHAM, Wash. – The Western Washington University men’s soccer team had its furious comeback attempt fall just shot in a 2-1 season-opening loss against Chico State Thursday evening at Harrington Field on the WWU campus.

The Vikings fell behind 2-0 on goals in the 27th minute in the first half and 77th minute late in the second half, before scoring on a free kick by junior midfielder Georg Cholewa (Leipzig, Germany) early in the 80th minute. A furious comeback attempt that included two close misses by sophomore defender Teagan Eldridge (Enumclaw, WA) put the Vikings at 0-1-0 to start the 2019 campaign.

“I thought it was a fun and exciting game to be part of,” said WWU head coach Greg Brisbon. “Chico State did a good job of converting on the chances they created, and that’s what you have to do in big games like this. I am confident in our team, I really like the improvement we’ve made from last fall, through the spring, and I think we are going to get there…just need to get there quick. We have another big match Saturday and going to give Sonoma State a good game.”

WWU out-shot Chico State 7-1 in the first half, but the Wildcats made the most of their one opportunity with a goal in the 27th minute by Matt Hafizi to go up 1-0. Hafizi headed home a perfect cross from Mikey Hirsch to stake Chico to the early lead.

Western looked to pull even in the 66th minute when sophomore forward Johan Espinoza (East Wenatchee, WA/Eastmont/Wenatchee Valley College) drilled a thundering shot towards goal that was saved by Chico’s Jose Paredes.

The Wildcats went up 2-0 at the 76:20 mark when Garrett Hogbin converted after a header clearance attempt by WWU didn’t make it out of the box.

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