NAMPA, Idaho – The Western Washington University men’s soccer team went to overtime for the eighth time during the season, and second time against Northwest Nazarene in 2017, playing to a 0-0 tie after double overtime against the Nighthawks on Thursday afternoon at NNU Soccer Field.
The Vikings (6-4-4, 5-2-2 GNAC) reached overtime for the eighth time in 14 games this season and went to double overtime for the sixth time, tying the school record for ties in a season with the draw against the Nighthawks (6-6-2, 3-4-2 GNAC). The eight overtime games are the most in a season for the Vikings since at least 2000.
“I thought we played really well, overall the team worked super hard as they have been in this stretch we’ve had,” head coach Greg Brisbon said. “Northwest Nazarene – credit them – they did a really good job with their game plan and the way they defended us. We couldn’t break them down at times but when we did we were just a bit unlucky to not finish our chances.”
Senior goalkeeper Tyler Visten (Mount Vernon, WA/Skagit Valley College) tied a career-high with 10 saves as the Vikings posted their fourth shutout of the season. The 10 saves by Visten on Thursday rank in a tie for second for most saves in a game by a WWU goalkeeper in the GNAC era.
Among the saves by Visten was a key stop on a penalty kick attempt by Northwest Nazarene in the 16th minute when he dove to his right to block the shot and keep the game scoreless. Visten finished the day with 4 saves during the first half, 2 during the second half, 3 during the first overtime and a final save during the second overtime.
“I thought the back four was very solid,” Brisbon said. “Most of the shots Visten saved were from outside, and that’s what he’s there to do is make those saves and he did it. I was really happy with Colton (Ronk) and Jeremiah (Lee) today, they did a fantastic job and overall I felt everyone played pretty well.”
The Vikings put 6 shots on goal during the game, including a pair of shots during the second overtime. WWU had consecutive corner kicks and a shot on goal in the waning seconds of the second overtime but the Northwest Nazarene defense kept the game scoreless, marking a 0-0 double overtime result between the teams for the second time this season after the Vikings and Nighthawks played to the same result on Oct. 7 in Bellingham.
“We just weren’t able to get a goal and I thought we had a couple chances where that could have happened,” Brisbon said. “But we’ll just move on and get our bodies as best prepared for Saturday as we can with this tough Thursday-Saturday schedule, and hopefully get a result in Montana.”
The Vikings, who entered the day tied for second in the GNAC standings with Seattle Pacific, have three conference games remaining. WWU (5-2-2 GNAC, 17 points) faces Montana State Billings (5-5-0 GNAC, 15 points) on Saturday (2 pm PT/3 pm MT) and then plays at GNAC-leading and No.-9 ranked Simon Fraser (6-2-1 GNAC, 19 points) next Thursday (Nov. 2, 7 pm) before hosting Concordia (3-5-1 GNAC, 10 points) for Senior Night on Nov. 4 (7 pm). Seattle Pacific (5-3-1 GNAC, 16 points) and Concordia play Thursday night as the top of the conference standings remain close.
Match Notes: WWU went to overtime for the eighth time in 14 games, the most overtime games in a season for the Vikings since at least 2000…Thursday’s tie was the fourth of the season, equaling the program-high season total for ties…the 2016 and 1974 Vikings each tied four times…WWU and Northwest Nazarene also tied 0-0 after double overtime in the first meeting of the season between the teams in Bellingham on Oct. 7…four of the last six meetings between WWU and Northwest Nazarene have featured an overtime game...Vikings are 1-3-4 in overtime games during the season….Thursday was the fourth shutout of the season for WWU…Tyler Visten tied a career-high with 10 saves (also had 10 saves against the University of Mary on Sept. 26, 2015)…a WWU goalkeeper has made 10 saves in a game six times during the GNAC era (twice by Visten)…Ben Dragavon holds the WWU record with 15 saves in a game.
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