Sept. 15, 2012
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -
Midfielder Sujinda Dangvan (Sr., Vancouver/Mountain View) scored two second-half goals as Western Washington University rallied for a 2-1 win over Montana State University Billings on Saturday afternoon in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's soccer game at Orca Field on the campus of Whatcom Community College.
The Vikings, unbeaten in their last four games, all at home, improved to 3-2-1overall and 1-0-1 in the GNAC.
MSUB fell to 3-2-0 overall and 0-2-0 in conference play with its second straight loss.
The Vikings trailed 1-0 at halftime, but Dangvan leveled the score in the 64th minute, curling in a 21-yard free kick from just to the left of the top of the penalty area.
Dangvan got the game-winner nine minutes later, splitting two defenders just inside the right edge of the penalty area, then hitting a soft shot that took one bounce and settled just inside the left post.
"He finally got his account opened for the season," WWU associate head coach Greg Brisbon said of Dangvan. "We talked in training yesterday about how being responsible on defense starts his attack, and that showed today. He was helping defensively, and it created space for him."
MSU-Billings opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, as Cameron Lee scored from 19 yards out on the right side with assists from Thomas Chameraud and Landon Horst. The marker ended the 327-minute scoreless streak of WWU goalkeeper Keegan Rogers (So., Portland,OR/Portland Christian).
The Vikings had a 16-11 advantage in shots.
"The spirit of our team was way better than it was in the second half of our game Thursday (a 0-0 tie with Northwest Nazarene)," Brisbon said. "The guys did what we asked of them, and got the result."
Brisbon also praised the play of midfielder Gabriele Zaccagnini (So., Olympia/Capital).
"Gabby had a sensational game," said Brisbon. "He does all the little parts of the game no one sees, the things that help everyone else to play better."
WWU now travels to University of Mary on Thursday (8 p.m.) and to University of Sioux Falls on Saturday (7 p.m.).
Western Washington vs. Montana State Billings
Date: 09/15/12 Attendance: 115
Goals by Period 1 2 Total
Montana State Billings 1 0 --- 1
Western Washington 0 2 --- 2
MSUB - Lee (Horst, Chameraud), 22:05
WWU - Dangvan (unassisted), 64:44
WWU - Dangvan (unassisted), 73:32
Shots: Western Washington 16, MSUB 11
Corner kicks: Western Washington 5, MSUB 4
Fouls: Western Washington 17, MSUB 14
Saves: Western Washington 2 (Rogers 2), MSUB 3 (Hurley 2, Team 1)