BELLINGHAM, Wash. - The Western Washington University men's soccer team scored once in the first half and twice in the second half for a lead and held off Saint Martin's after the Saints netted two goals over the last 10 minutes of the game en route to a 3-2 win on Thursday evening at Harrington Field in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference opener for both teams.
The Vikings improved to 2-2-2 overall and will travel to Seattle Pacific on Saturday to continue the conference schedule. Saint Martin's dropped to 0-6-0 with its fourth consecutive defeat by a deficit of one goal.
WWU grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 37th minute when senior midfielder Luke Olney (Enumclaw, WA) received a cross from junior defender Stephen Jinneman (Redmond, WA) in the right side of the 18-yard box and finished to the far post from 7 yards away. It was the second goal of the season for Olney.
The Vikings doubled their advantage during the 60th minute as freshman forward Drew Farnsworth (Auckland, New Zealand/Westlake Boys) scored his first collegiate goal with an assist from junior forward Jose Castillo (Bellevue, WA/Interlake). Castillo found Farnsworth with a through ball pass from near the top of the 18-yard box and Farnsworth blasted his shot into the upper-right corner of the goal from the right side of the box for a 2-0 lead.
Freshman midfielder Georg Cholewa (Leipzig, Germany/Sportgymnasium Chemnitz) gave WWU a 3-0 lead in the 78th minute, scoring to the near post with a one-touch finish from 5 yards away. Senior forward Anthony Dean (Amsterdam, The Netherlands/Bellevue College) sent a pass from the center of the field out to senior forward Kyle Danielson (Des Moines, WA/Mount Rainier/Highline CC) who had space to deliver a low cross to the feet of Cholewa for the goal.
The Saints played a man down from the 33rd minute onward after midfielder Sebastian Navarro received his second yellow card of the game, resulting in a red card. Saint Martin's forward Will Eldred was also issued a red card during the 67th minute and the Saints were left with 9 players on the field from that point forward, but still were able to score a pair of goals and create a tight finish.
Defender McKray Kohn erased the shutout in the 81st minute, stealing a loose ball from the backline of the WWU defense and scoring from 7 yards away. The Saints quickly cut the deficit to one goal on a penalty kick goal, scored by Brandon Madsen, in the 83rd minute.
Saint Martin's was awarded a final corner kick in the closing seconds of the game but time expired with the buzzer sounding just after Saints players in the box jumped and contacted the cross with a header.
The Vikings held a 15-5 edge in total shots and an 8-2 advantage in shots on goal for the game, and took 6 corner kicks compared with 5 for the Saints. WWU nearly scored two additional goals, first when an offside penalty prevented what appeared to be a goal in the first half and in another instance when Farnsworth fired a shot off the crossbar in the 71st minute.
WWU faces Seattle Pacific on Saturday night with a 7 pm start time. Following Saturday's game, WWU will play at Concordia next Saturday (Sept. 30) before returning home for a stretch of four consecutive home games.
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Men's Soccer 2017 Season in Review
WWU finished 6-6-5 overall and 5-4-3 in conference play, tying for 3rd in GNAC
Dean Named Third Team All-West Region by United Soccer Coaches
Dean totaled 25 points via 11 goals and 3 assists during senior season
Garrett Strawn Named to Academic All-District Team
Strawn voted as one of four GNAC honorees, advances to Academic All-America ballot
Five Vikings Earn Men's Soccer All-GNAC Honors
Anthony Dean and Tyler Visten named unanimous First Team All-GNAC selections for WWU
WWU Ties No. 15 Simon Fraser 0-0 After Double OT
WWU ties GNAC champion Simon Fraser in Burnaby for second straight year
Men's Soccer Edged 2-1 by Visiting Concordia
Cavaliers score twice early, Vikings net goal on penalty kick by Anthony Dean
WWU Game at Simon Fraser Postponed Due to Snow
Snow at Terry Fox Field in Burnaby forces reschedule of Thursday's game to Sunday
WWU Heads to No. 15 Simon Fraser, Hosts Concordia
Vikings enter final week of GNAC schedule battling for conference title
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Yellowjackets score in 66th minute to take lead, add late goal in final minute of game
Record Eleven Vikings Earn GNAC All-Academic Honors
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WWU Battles to Scoreless Tie at Northwest Nazarene
Tyler Visten ties career high with 10 saves, including a penalty kick save during first half
WWU Travels to Northwest Nazarene, MSU Billings
The Vikings are tied for 2nd in the GNAC with four conference games remaining
Men's Soccer Falls 3-2 at Saint Martin's
WWU edged by one-goal margin for second straight game, Dean and Olney score for Vikings
Vikings Travel to Face Saint Martin's on Thursday
WWU (6-3-3, 5-1-1 GNAC) begins a stretch of four consecutive road contests this week