Oct. 26, 2013
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -
Andrew Weishaar (Sr., Puyallup) scored 5:46 into overtime, helping Western University extend its winning streak to four with a 1-0 victory over Northwest Nazarene University on Saturday in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's soccer contest at Orca Field on the Whatcom CC campus.
The Vikings improved to 9-3-3 overall and 7-1-3 in the GNAC.
NNU fell to 3-6-5 overall and 3-5-3 in league play.
Jeremy Wentzel (So., Edmonds/Edmonds-Woodway) set up the winning goal, slotting a pass through a narrow space between two defenders to find Weishaar 25 yards out, and the forward then fought off a defender going forward before finishing with the outside of his right foot from 18 yards out for his ninth goal of the season.
The goal was Weishaar's GNAC-leading fifth game winner of the season.
"We do a lot of those runs in training, where we build in patterns and try to stretch the defense to get guys in behind the defense," said WWU coach Greg Brisbon. "We executed well in overtime."
The overtime triumph came after a second half where NNU twice hit the base of the goalpost, John DiLulo doing so in the 60th minute, and Fredy Razo, who has nine of the 17 Crusader goals this season, doing it in the 72nd.
"We took some plays off in the second half, but we survived it," Brisbon said. "These guys find a way to win, and they deserve credit for that. It isn't always pretty, but they find a way."
The Vikings had a 14-10 advantage in shot attempts, and WWU goalkeeper Keegan Rogers (Jr., Portland, OR/Portland Christian) needed to make just one save in earning his fifth shutout.
The contest was the second of five consecutive home games for the Vikings, who are 5-1-0 at Orca Field this season.
WWU hosts Seattle Pacific on Thursday, Oct. 31 (7:30 p.m.), in a GNAC counter.
Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013
Bellingham, Wash., Orca Field, Whatcom CC
Western Washington 1, Northwest Nazarene 0 OT
Scoring - 1. WWU, Andrew Weishaar (Jeremy Wentzel), 95:46.
Shots - WWU 14, NNU 10
Saves - WWU 1 (Keegan Rogers 1); NNU 5 (Ryan Foo 1)
Corner kicks - WWU 8, NNU 4
Fouls - WWU 12, NNU 13
Next Game: WWU hosts Seattle Pacific on Thu., Oct. 31 (7:30 p.m.) at Orca Field on Whatcom CC campus.