Penn's Goal Not Enough as Wildcats Fall to #16 Seattle
ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- (Sept. 20) Freshman Kelsey Penn scored off a corner kick at the 80th minute, but her sixth goal of the season was not enough as Central Washington dropped a 3-1 women's soccer decision to 16th-ranked Seattle University in Great Northwest Athletic Conference action on Thursday afternoon.
The Wildcats fell to 3-5-2 overall and 0-3-0 in GNAC play with their fourth consecutive loss. Seattle, meanwhile, takes a one-half game lead in the conference race, improving to 8-1-0 overall and 4-0-0 in the GNAC.
Penn, who scored five goals in her first three collegiate games in the month of August, put Central on the scoreboard with just under 11 minutes remaining in the game. She took a centering pass off a corner kick by senior Stacey Bankston and found the net behind Seattle keeper Kaitlyn Jackson -- just the third goal allowed in nine games by the Redhawks' senior netminder.
Central Washington fell behind in the first half on the first of two goals in the game by Seattle senior Leah Wymer. Wymer, who took the conference scoring lead with season tallies number 10 and 11 on Thursday, scored off an assist by Ashley Porter at the 16:57 mark to make it a 1-0 margin. It remained a one-goal contest until eight and a half minutes into the second half, when Seattle scored at the 54th and 61st minutes on goals by Sarah Dean and Wymer to make it a 3-0 cushion.
In a rather offensive contest, Central Washington was doubled up in the shot department, 22-11. Eight of the Wildcats' attempts made it on goal against Jackson, who made seven saves. Central's keeper, freshman Aneesa Gonzales (Manteca, Calif./Sierra HS), stopped five Redhawk shots.
CWU will try to salvage a split of its two-game home stand on Saturday as the Wildcats face conference newcomer Montana State Billings (5-2-0, 2-0-0 GNAC entering Thursday's match at Western Washington). Kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the CWU Soccer Field.