Wildcat Soccer Opens Season with 3-0 Shutout Win Over Hawaii Pacific
HONOLULU, Hawaii -- Central Washington University freshman Kaycie Hutchins scored a goal and an assist in her collegiate debut, and goalkeepers Aneesa Gonzales and Amber Easterbrook combined on a shutout as the Wildcats defeated host Hawaii Pacific, 3-0, in the 2007 women's soccer opener for both teams at Atherton Field on Saturday afternoon.
Hutchins gave Central Washington a 1-0 lead in the first half, scoring her first collegiate points on an assist from senior Hilary Davidson. Junior Chelsea Lovin then made it a 2-0 score later in the half, picking up her first tally of the year off an assist from Lynde Clarke.
In the second half, another of the Wildcats' freshmen, forward Kelsey Penn, scored her first goal off a pass from Hutchins to give Central its final 3-0 margin of victory.
"For a first game, we played extremely well," CWU head coach Michael Farrand said. "We held the ball well in attack and did what we needed to do to be successful offensively. Defensively, HPU put some pressure on us late but we stepped up our play and limited their offensive chances."
Hawaii Pacific never truly challenged either of the Central keepers with its offense, as Gonzales, who made her collegiate debut on Saturday, and Easterbrook combined on the shutout victory.
Central Washington totaled 28 shot attempts, including 16 on goal.
The Wildcats, who won their season opener for the second straight season and for the third time in the past four years, will continue their four-game swing on the Hawaiian Islands on Monday afternoon as they face BYU-Hawaii.
Complete match statistics are not yet available, but will be posted on wildcatsports.com as soon as they become available.