Sept. 13, 2012
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Goalkeeper Keegan Rogers (So., Portland, OR/Portland Christian) had six saves, three of them in overtime, helping Western Washington University secure a 0-0 tie against Northwest Nazarene University on Thursday afternoon in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's soccer opener for both schools at Orca Field on the campus of Whatcom Community College.
The result gives the Vikings, who are unbeaten in their last three games a 2-2-1 mark overall. Northwest Nazarene is now 1-2-2 overall.
"Both teams had chances that they would normally finish and didn't, and that's why it ended 0-0," said WWU associate head coach Greg Brisbon.
The shots were even at 21-21, but NNU had the best chance to claim a late winner, earning a free kick on the edge of the penalty area in the 107th minute. Jon Curry's curling effort forced Rogers to make a diving save.
"Keegan kept us in it with that save," Brisbon said.
WWU's best opportunity in overtime came in the 104th minute, when Leonard Kusina (Fr., Fairbault, MN) won a loose ball and played a cross into the goal area only to have it headed clear.
The Vikings had an 11-5 advantage in shots in the first half, but the Crusaders controlled large portions of the second half, creating a series of good chances midway through the period.
"We had about a 25-minute stretch where we got away from what we're good at, which is where they got a lot of chances," said Brisbon. "At the end of the second half and in overtime, we got back to the game plan."
It was the third straight shutout for Rogers, who has not allowed a goal in the last 304 minutes.
WWU ends its four-game home stand Saturday (2 p.m.), meeting Montana State Billings in a GNAC contest.
Western Washington vs. Northwest Nazarene Date: 09/13/12 Attendance: 75 Goals by Period 1 2 OT Total Northwest Nazarene 0 0 0 --- 0 Western Washington 0 0 0 --- 0 SCORING SUMMARY: Shots: Western Washington 21, NNU 21 Corner kicks: Western Washington 6, NNU 7 Fouls: Western Washington 15, NNU 12 Saves: Western Washington 6 (Rogers 6), NNU 8 (Ontiveras 8)
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