Vikings lose 5-4 at Regis
Sept. 29, 2008
DENVER, Colo. - Western Washington University gave up four first-half goals as it fell 5-4 to Regis University in a non-league men's soccer contest Monday at the Regis Match Pitch.
The Vikings, who opened their three-game Colorado road trip Saturday with a 1-1 tie at UC-Colorado Springs, fell to 4-4-2. It was their first loss this season to a non-NCAA Division II Top 25-rated team.
Regis, which snapped a three-game losing streak, improved to 2-5-1 as it got a hat trick from Copeland Sterling.
The Rangers scored three times in the first 16 minutes, two of the goals by Sterling.
Western fought back to within one, 3-2, on goals by Matt Pele (Sr., Kennewick/Kamiakin) in the 17th minute and Kellan Brown (Fr., Tacoma/Bellarmine Prep) in the 31st minute, but a goal by Ben Buhler in the 40th minute gave Regis a 4-2 halftime lead.
The Vikings were again within one, 4-3, when Gibson Bardsley (So., Fall City/Mount Si) found the net in the 53rd minute. But Copeland headed in a goal four minutes later, and there was no more scoring after a goal by Western's Samir Vejo (Sr., Trebinje, Bosnia) in the 59th minute.
It was Vejo's team-leading fourth goal of the season.
Regis had a 20-19 edge in shots and Western posted a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks.
The Vikings end their Colorado junket Wednesday (1 p.m.) with a contest at Colorado Christian University.
Western Washington vs. Regis Date: 9/29/08 Attendance: 75 Goals by Period 1 2 Total Western Washington 2 2 --- 4 Regis 4 1 --- 5 SCORING SUMMARY: RU - Finley (unassisted), 1:06 RU - Copeland (Kafer), 9:55 RU - Copeland (Kafer), 13:02 WWU - Pele (Grossman), 16:55 WWU - Brown (Ricci, Quilici), 30:16 RU - Buhler (unassisted), 39:45 WWU - Bardsley (Ricci), 52:41 RU - Copeland (Camp, Waggoner), 55:17 WWU - Vejo (Jimenez), 58:58 Shots: Western Washington 19, Regis 20 Corner kicks: Western Washington 5, Regis 3 Fouls: Western Washington 9, Regis 11 Saves: Western Washington 6 (Copps-Tilley 6), Regis 1 (Sabados 0, Fink 1)
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