Oct. 18, 2012
BILLINGS, Mont. - Western Washington University remained winless on the road as it fell 2-1 in overtime to Montana State University Billings in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's soccer game Thursday afternoon at Yellowjacket Field.
The Vikings, who have lost seven straight away games dating back to 2011 and are 0-5 this season, fell to 5-7-2 overall, 3-5-2 in the GNAC. The contest was the first of a season-ending stretch of five road encounters.
MSUB improved to 8-4-1 overall and 5-4-1 in league play as Thomas Sheets found the upper right corner of the net with a 30-yard shot in the 95th minute. It was Sheets' fourth goal of the campaign and Joshua Marocchi was credited with an assist.
Conner Moe gave the Yellowjackets a 1-0 lead in the 63rd minute, scoring his first goal of the season on a penalty kick.
The Vikings' Sujinda Dangvan (Vancouver/Mountain View) tied the game with less than four minutes left in regulation on a penalty kick. It was his team-leading sixth goal of the season.
"We played really well between the penalty boxes," said WWU coach Travis Connell. "We controlled the middle of the field, created chances and defended well in there.
"But we made two bad mistakes on the two goals and this team punished us for it. Their game-winning goal was a great strike, a fantastic shot."
The Vikings had a man advantage for the last four minutes of regulation and all of overtime after MSUB's Sam Butterworth received a red card.
WWU, which took a 2-1 victory over the Yellowjackets at Bellingham on Sept. 15, had advantages of 16-11 in shots and 5-1 in corner kicks.
WWU was 5-2-3 at home, with both defeats coming against teams ranked in the top 10 nationally in NCAA Division II.
The Vikings are at Northwest Nazarene on Saturday (3 p.m.), Oct. 20, for GNAC counter.
Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012 Yellowjacket Field, Billings, Mont.
Montana State Billings 2, Western Washington 1 (OT)
Scoring - 1. MSUB, Conner Moe (penalty kick), 62:08; 2. WWU, Sujinda Dangvan (penalty kick), 86:14; 3. MSUB, Thomas Sheets (Joshua Marocchi), 95:59.
Shots - WWU 16, MSUB 11 Saves - WWU 3 (Keegan Rogers 2, Team 1), MSUB 7 (Eoin Hurley 4, Team 3). Corner kicks - WWU 5, MSUB 1 Fouls - WWU 6, MSUB 19
Records: Western Washington 5-7-2, 3-5-2 GNAC Montana State Billings 8-4-1, 5-4-1 GNAC
Next Game: Western Washington at Northwest Nazarene Saturday, Oct. 20, 3p.m., Nampa, Id.
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