Vikings blanked at No.4 Sonoma State
Sept. 7, 2008
ROHNERT PARK, Calif. - Western Washington University was blanked for the first time this season as it fell 2-0 to nationally ranked Sonoma State University in a non-conference men's soccer contest Sunday afternoon at Seawolf Field.
The Vikings fell to 1-2-0, both of their losses being to top 25-ranked teams. Sonoma State, ranked No.4 in the latest NCAA Division II national poll, improved to 5-0-0.
"That's probably the best team we've played, and extremely challenging to play down here," said Western coach Travis Connell. "I was proud of the way our team battled. They were ferocious, they worked their tails off and didn't back down."
The Seawolves' Eric Lafon broke a scoreless tie with a goal in the 66th minute, Andrew Bailey and Ross Middlemiss each being credited with assists. Middlemiss scored his seventh goal of the season on a penalty kick in the 82nd minute.
Western's best opportunity came in the first minute when a header by Tyler Bjork (Fr., Kirkland/Juanita) bounced off the crossbar.
"Even though we were outshot dramatically, we had a great counterattack going and we definitely had some chances to score and that was the best one," Connell said. Sonoma State had a 15-5 advantage in shots, while the Vikings had a 5-3 edge in corner kicks.
Western goalkeeper Cameron Copps-Tilley (Jr., Vancouver/Fort Vancouver) had six saves.
The Vikings next travel to Chico State for a non-league contest Wednesday (4:30 p.m.).
Western Washington vs. Sonoma State Date: 9/7/08 Attendance: 300 Goals by Period 1 2 Total Western Washington 0 0 --- 0 Sonoma State 0 2 --- 2 SCORING SUMMARY: SSU-Lafon (Bailey, Middlemiss), 65:33 SSU-Middlemiss (Unassisted), 81:22 Shots: Western Washington 5, Sonoma State 15 Corner kicks: Western Washington 5, Sonoma State 3 Fouls: Western Washington 23, Sonoma State 17 Saves: Western Washington 6 (Copps-Tilley 6), Sonoma State 2 (Johnson 2)
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