Vikings fall 3-1 at Seattle Pacific

Jacob Haddock

Oct. 20, 2006

Box Score

SEATTLE, Wash. --- Forward Jacob Haddock (Sr., Burlington/Burlington-Edison) scored a late goal, but Western Washington University still fell to Seattle Pacific University, 3-1, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's soccer game Friday at Interbay Stadium.

"We played a strong first half," said head coach Travis Connell. "In the second half they did a good job of spreading us out and creating chances."

The Vikings, who remained winless in 11 road games this season, slipped to 2-16-1 overall and 0-3-0 in GNAC contests. Western is 0-5-1 in its last six games, with three of those games going to overtime. Seattle Pacific improved to 12-4-0 overall and clinched at least a share of the GNAC title at 3-0-0.

Justin Abel opened the scoring for the Falcons in the 25th minute, taking a pass from Colin Rigby and driving a shot into the left corner of the goal from 35 yards out.

Seattle Pacific added two unassisted goals a little over five minutes apart in the second half. James Coogan connected on a 22-yard free kick in the 66th minute, then Jeff Hallenbeck scored from 18 yards in the 72nd minute.

"They are a very good team," Connell said. "We missed on a few opportunities and they converted on most of theirs."

The Falcons had a 12-7 advantage in shots, including a 7-2 edge after halftime.

Haddock's goal, his fifth of the season, came in the 86th minute, as he finished from eight yards out after being set up by Matt Pele (So., Kennewick/Kamiakin) and Michael Ricci (Bellevue/Newport).

It was Western's first game after an 11-day layoff.

The Vikings close out their season with a GNAC contest at home on Wed., Oct. 25 (7 p.m.) against Seattle University at Orca Field on the Whatcom CC.

Western Washington vs. Seattle Pacific
Date: 10/20/06   Attendance: 319
Goals by Period      1  2   Total
Western Washington   0  1 --- 1
Seattle Pacific      1  2 --- 3
SPU - Abel (Rigby), 24:07
SPU - Coggan (Unassisted), 66:33
SPU - Hallenbeck (Unassisted), 71:57
WWU - Haddock (Pele, Ricci), 85:28
Shots: Western Washington 7, Seattle Pacific 12
Corner Kicks: Western Washington 1, Seattle Pacific 4
Fouls: Western Washington 14, Seattle Pacific 19
Saves: Western Washington 2 (Warman 2), Seattle Pacific 2 (Rosten 1, Lovelace 1)