BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Eleazar Galvan and Anthony Dean each scored in the final 10 minutes of the match as Western Washington earned its third consecutive shutout win in a 2-0 victory over visiting Montana State Billings on Saturday evening in Great Northwest Athletic Conference action at Harrington Field.
The Vikings (7-4-4, 4-3-3 GNAC) improved to 6-1-1 at home this season in handing MSU Billings (8-6-3, 4-4-3 GNAC) its second straight defeat.
Galvan (Sr., M, Chelan, WA/Skagit Valley College) scored an unassisted goal with a well-placed strike from well outside the 18-yard box in the 81st minute to put WWU ahead. He dribbled up the field before cutting back toward the center of the field to fire from 23 yards over a leaping goalkeeper to the upper-right corner of the net for his third goal of the season.
Just over five minutes later it was Galvan setting up Dean (Jr., F, Amsterdam, The Netherlands/Bellevue College), who took a through-ball pass and dribbled into the left side of the 18-yard box before firing a curling shot to the far post from 11 yards away for his team-leading eighth goal of the season. It was Galvan's fourth assist of the year and marked the fourth goal in the last three matches for Dean.
"That was a great game from my perspective," head coach Greg Brisbon said. "Similar to our last three (games) where we played good in the second half. The team came out and made adjustments and followed the game plan."
Junior goalkeeper Tyler Visten (Mount Vernon, WA/Skagit Valley College) made 4 saves in the victory to record his sixth shutout of the season. Visten made several key saves while the Vikings also had several good offensive opportunities, including a shot from junior forward Wesley Stark (Snohomish, WA) that hit the post in the 65th minute.
MSU Billings goalkeeper Joe Scott made 3 saves and the Yellowjackets were credited with a team save as well. MSU Billings held a slight edge in corner kicks (4-3).
"A lot of guys stepped up," Brisbon said. "Eleazar's goal was amazing and Tyler Visten had three big-time saves that kept us in it to get those opportunities, and Anthony was very good again as well."
The Vikings third straight shutout was the seventh of the season overall. The Western Washington defense has not allowed a goal since the 62nd minute of an eventual 1-1 overtime tie against No. 3 Simon Fraser on Oct. 15.
MSU Billings entered the game ranked No. 6 in the West Region. The Vikings recently tied the No. 1 ranked West Region team, Simon Fraser, and topped the No. 8 team in the region, Chico State, in their first game of the season on Sept. 1.
Western Washington will host No. 3 Simon Fraser next Thursday evening for Senior Night at Harrington Field (7 pm) before closing out the GNAC schedule at Concordia next Saturday (4 pm).
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