WWU topples No. 11 Seattle Pacific, 3-1

WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM Austin Curtis
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Austin Curtis
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Oct. 25, 2012

Box Score

SEATTLE, Wash. - Defender Jake Jorgensen (Sr., Bellingham/Meridian) scored the initial goal midway through the first half and Austin Curtis (Fr., Bonney Lake) added two second-half goals as Western Washington University claimed a 3-1 upset of nationally ranked Seattle Pacific University on Thursday night in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's soccer contest at Interbay Stadium.

The Vikings improved to 7-7-2 overall and 5-5-2 in the GNAC. Neither Jorgenson nor Curtis had scored this season prior to Thursday.

Seattle Pacific, ranked No.11 in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, fell to 10-2-4 overall and 6-2-4 in the GNAC, second behind Simon Fraser. It was the first home loss of the season for the Falcons (5-1-1).

Jorgensen gave WWU a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute, heading in a ball from Sujinda Dangvan (Sr., Vancouver/Mountain View) from eight yards out, aided by a deflection,

Curtis then gave WWU a 2-0 advantage in the 60th minute, finishing off the rebound of a shot by Andrew Weishaar (Jr., Puyallup), then scored again in the 70th minute from 10 yards.

"Austin Curtis had a breakout game," said WWU coach Travis Connell. "He caused problems throughout the game."

Ian Adams scored a consolation goal for the Falcons in the 77th minute with an assist from Corey McGuire.

Jorgensen not only scored, he played a critical role in the Viking defense.

"Jake played a very smart game, he read things very well," said Connell. "He cut out a lot of dangerous opportunities."

The Vikings survived the final seven minutes a man short after defender Kurtis Pederson (Fr., Puyallup/Bellarmine Prep) was sent off with a second yellow card.

"I'm proud of what the guys put together," said Connell. "We were strong in both the offensive and defensive portion of the game."

The Falcons had claimed a 1-0 victory in Bellingham on Sept. 29, and had allowed just one goal in their last three contests entering Thursday's match.

The Vikings are at Saint Martin's on Sunday (1 p.m.), Oct. 28, for a GNAC counter.

Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 Interbay Stadium, Seattle, Wash.

Western Washington 3, Seattle Pacific 1

Scoring - 1.WWU, Jake Jorgensen (Sujinda Dangvan), 21:50; 2. WWU, Austin Curtis (Andrew Weishaar), 59:38; 3. WWU, Austin Curtis (unassisted), 69:43; 4. SPU, Ian Adams (Corey McGuire), 76:58.

Shots - WWU 14. SPU 18 Saves - WWU 4 (Keegan Rogers 4), SPU 6 (Zach Johnson 6). Corner kicks - WWU 1, SPU 7 Fouls - WWU 14, SPU 11

Records: Western Washington 7-7-2, 5-5-2 GNAC Seattle Pacific 10-2-4, 6-2-4 GNAC

Next Game: Western Washington at Saint Martin's Sunday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m., Lacey, WA