Western opens GNAC play with 4-0 loss at Simon Fraser

Leo Cohen

Sept. 18, 2011

Box Score

BURNABY, B.C. - Western Washington University was held scoreless for the first time this season, being blanked 4-0 by Simon Fraser University on Sunday afternoon in a men's soccer contest at Fox Field on the SFU campus. It was the Great Northwest Athletic Conference opener for both schools.

The Vikings fell to 1-3-0 overall, and defending GNAC champion Simon Fraser remained undefeated at 5-0-0.

The Clan, which has outscored its opponents 18-1 this year, had three goals in the first half. Jovan Blagojevic opened the scoring in the 17th minute, and Lucas Ferritto and John Hodnett scored within a six-minute span later in the period, Ferrito in the 33rd minute and Hodnett in the 39th minute.

Simon Fraser's fourth goal came in the 83rd minute, that by Joseph Martin, his team-leading fourth of the season. Farhad Abjulgani had two assists for the Clan.

Simon Fraser had a 29-12 advantage in shots and an 8-2 edge in corner kicks. Goalkeeper Sheldon Steenhuis made six saves in registering his third shutout.

Western next travels to Northwest Nazarene for a GNAC contest Wednesday (5:30 p.m.)

Western Washington vs. Simon Fraser
Date: 09/18/11 Attendance: 125
Goals by Period     1   2     Total
Western Washington  0   0 ---   0
Simon Fraser        3   1 ---   4
SFU - Blagojevic (Sanchez), 16:23
SFU - Ferrito (Winter), 32:46
SFU - Hodnett (Abdulgani), 39:00
SFU - Martin (Doutkevich, Abdulgani), 82:35
Shots: Western Washington 12, SFU 29
Corner kicks: Western Washington 2, SFU 8
Fouls: Western Washington 19, SFU 19
Saves: Western Washington 15 (Cohen 8, Rogers 6), SFU 7 (Steenhuis 6, Team 1)