BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Simon Fraser midfielder Matteo Polisi scored the golden goal off a rebounded shot in the 109th minute to lift No. 16 Simon Fraser to a 1-0 victory in double overtime over the Western Washington University men’s soccer team on Saturday night in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play at Harrington Field.
WWU (6-3-3, 5-1-1 GNAC) lost for the first time since Sept. 2, ending a nine-game unbeaten streak. All three WWU losses on the season have come in overtime. The Clan improved to 9-1-2 overall and 5-1-1 in conference play with the win, and moved into a tie with WWU atop the conference standings at 16 points apiece.
With fewer than two minutes left in the second overtime, forward Connor Glennon headed a shot from a cross toward goal, forcing senior goalkeeper Tyler Visten (Mount Vernon, WA/Skagit Valley College) to make a diving save. The shot deflected off Visten’s gloves to a charging Polisi, who finished from close range for his 8th goal of the season and sparked the on-field celebration from Simon Fraser.
The Vikings were held scoreless for only the second time during the season and had their streak of three consecutive shutouts snapped with the late goal by the Clan.
Both defenses did well to limit promising offensive opportunities during the contest. Simon Fraser held a 14-7 advantage in total shots and a 5-1 edge in shots on goal. WWU’s lone shot on goal came early in the second half and the Clan held the Vikings without a shot attempt during the overtime periods.
Visten had a save in each half and each overtime period to finish the evening with 4 saves, including a quick-reaction save off a close-range shot from Polisi after a corner kick in the first half to keep the game scoreless.
Miguel Hof made 1 save for the Clan as WWU was held to a season-low single shot on goal. The Clan had 8 corner kicks in the game while the Vikings did not have any corner kicks for the first time in a game during 2017.
After playing their last four games at home, the Vikings begin a stretch of four consecutive road games next Thursday at Saint Martin’s (1 pm PT). The following week, WWU will travel to Northwest Nazarene (Oct. 26, 1 pm MT) before taking on Montana State Billings (Oct. 28, 3 pm MT). During the final week of the regular season, the Vikings travel to Simon Fraser (Nov. 2, 7 pm PT) before hosting Concordia for Senior Night on Nov. 4 (7 pm).
Match Notes: WWU had a nine-game unbeaten streak ended on Saturday…Vikings went to overtime for the seventh time in 2017…WWU suffered its first conference loss since 2016, had been unbeaten in last 12 GNAC contests entering Saturday (10-0-2 during stretch)…WWU had stretch of three consecutive shutouts snapped, had gone more than 400 minutes without allowing a goal during streak.
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