Central Snaps Five-Game Winless Streak in Shutout of Montana State BillingsPosted: Updated:
ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- Central Washington University freshman Amanda Biggs (Carnation, Wash./Cedarcrest HS) scored her first collegiate goal as the Wildcats defeated regionally-ranked Montana State Billings, 3-0, in Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's soccer action Saturday at the CWU Soccer Field.
Central Washington snapped a five-game winless streak and improved to 4-5-2 overall and 1-3-0 in conference play as Montana State Billings, ranked eighth in the NSCAA Division II Far West Region, fell to 5-3-1 overall and 2-1-1 in the GNAC.
The Wildcats put one on the scoreboard in the 22nd minute when senior Stacey Bankston (Bellevue, Wash.) lofted a corner kick to the front of the goal box only to bounce off a Yellowjacket defender into the net for an own goal. Biggs' tally came just three and a half minutes later on a 37-yard shot that bounced over Montana State Billings goalkeeper Brittany Knudtzon and into the net.
The Wildcats' third and final score came at the 42nd minute on another own goal after senior Lindsay Mitchell (Federal Way, Wash.) mirrored Bankston's earlier corner kick.
Montana State Billings outshot Central Washington 17-11 despite only having two shots in the first half. Freshman Kelsey Penn (Port Orchard, Wash./South Kitsap HS) led Central's offense with four shot attempts. The Wildcats were plagued with fouls in the match as they were penalized 17 times while the 'Jackets were not called for a foul once.
Sophomore Amber Easterbrook (Kent, Wash./Kentwood HS) made eight saves in her shutout effort and improved to 3-2-0 as the keeper of record.
Central Washington will hit the road on Friday (Sept. 28) to take on Saint Martin's in Lacey, beginning at 3 p.m.