Sept. 27, 2012
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Forward Leonard Kusina (Fr., Fairbault, MN/Shattuck-St. Mary's Prep) had a pair of assists as Western Washington University continued its excellent play at home with a 4-1 win over Saint Martin's University on Thursday in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's soccer game at Orca Field on the Whatcom CC campus.
The Vikings improved to 4-4-1 overall and 2-2-1 in the GNAC as they opened a five-game home stand. WWU is unbeaten in five home contests this season with a 4-0-1 record.
Saint Martin's fell to 2-7-0 overall and 1-4-0 in league play.
Sujinda Dangvan (Sr., Vancouver/Mountain View) opened the scoring in the 14th minute with his fourth goal of the year, taking a pass from Kusina, beating a defender with a stepover and then deftly finishing with a low, soft shot inside the right post.
Andrew Weishaar (Jr., Puyallup) doubled the margin 90 seconds before halftime, taking a short through ball from Sawyer Preston (Fr., Eastlake/Sammamish) and scoring from 12 yards, his second of the year.
Less than five minutes into the second half, the score was 3-0. Kurtis Pederson (Fr., Puyallup/Bellarmine Prep) played a long ball that Kusina flicked into the path of Justin Moore (Sr., Port Orchard/South Kitsap). Moore then hit a looping volley from 17 yards for his fourth goal of the season.
Uche Ugwoaba (Fr., Burien/Highline) made it 4-0 in the 52nd minute, finishing his first collegiate goal after intercepting a pass at the top of the penalty area.
"We created this many chances in the last two games (both losses), but today, we had that last touch that created goals," said WWU coach Travis Connell (14th year, 121-119-16). "We also defended better today, that's what I'm most proud of. That's what's going to win games for us."
Saint Martin's got its only goal in the 70th minute, Dylan Gaydosh scoring his sixth goal of the season after taking a long pass from Devin Peterhans.
The Vikings host nationally No.3-ranked Seattle Pacific on Saturday (7 p.m.), Sept. 29.
Thursday, September 27, 2012 Orca Field/Whatcom CC, Bellingham, Wash.
Western Washington 4, Saint Martin's 1
Scoring - 1. WWU - Sujinda Dangvan (Leonard Kusina), 13:13; 2. WWU - Andrew Weishaar (Preston Sawyer), 43:31; 3. WWU - Justin Moore (Leonard Kusina, Kurtis Pederson), 47:39; 4. WWU - Uche Ugwoaba (Unassisted), 51:12; 5. SMU - Dylan Gaydosh (Devin Peterhans), 69:11.
Shots - WWU 27, SMU 9. Saves - WWU 2 (Keegan Rogers 2), SMU 9 (J.J. Olson 6, Eric Owen 2, Team 1). Corner kicks - WWU 5, SMU 2. Fouls - WWU 9, SMU 8
Records: Western Washington 4-4-1, 2-2-1 GNAC Saint Martin's 2-7-0, 1-4-0 GNAC
Next Game: Western Washington vs. nationally No.3-ranked Seattle Pacific Saturday, Sept. 29, 7 p.m., Orca Field, Whatcom CC, Bellingham, Wash.
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