WWU falls in overtime at No.15 Seattle Pacific, 2-1
Oct. 29, 2011
SEATTLE, Wash. - Tyler Schultz scored in the 10th minute of overtime, lifting Seattle Pacific University to a 2-1 victory over Western Washington University in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's soccer contest Saturday at Interbay Stadium.
It was the fourth straight loss and the sixth in the last seven games for the Vikings, who fell to 5-10-0 overall and 3-6-0 in GNAC play.
Seattle Pacific, ranked No.15 in the latest NCAA Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll and No.1 in the West Region, improved to 12-3-2 overall and second in the GNAC at 6-2-1.
After being outshot 22-5 in regulation, the Vikings had the best of the early portion of overtime, getting off three shots in the first three minutes, the last being an effort by Tye Hastings (So., Mill Creek/Jackson) that forced a Zach Johnson save.
But having survived the WWU pressure, the Falcons scored on their only shot of the extra period, as Schultz headed home from six yards for his 14th goal of the year after being set up by Danny Brill and Caleb Nyone.
"I was really proud of our guys," said Western coach Travis Connell. "We haven't played well the last three games and this would have been an easy game for us to roll over. The guys came out with so much heart, determination and character, and fought tooth and nail for every inch of turf. It was inspiring to watch. We ended up losing to a really good team, but we ended up winning in the way we played."
SPU opened the scoring in the 37th minute. A pass by Christopher Morris put Ryan Brand behind the WWU defense and Brand scored from 20 yards out, putting his shot inside the right post.
The Vikings equalized in the 66th minute as Kellan Brown (Sr., Tacoma/Bellarmine Prep) headed home from seven yards off an Oscar Jimenez (Sr., Mount Vernon) free kick. The assist was the 22nd of Jimenez's career, tying the school record held by Dennis Lapchis (1986-87, 1989-90).
"We've worked on it so many times," Connell said of the set piece. "I asked the guys for something special today and they provided it. It was a fantastic goal."
The goal was Brown's team-leading seventh of the season.
The Vikings close out their season with two home games, entertaining Trinity Lutheran in a non-conference contest Monday (2 p.m.) and Simon Fraser in a GNAC counter on Thursday (7 p.m.).
Western Washington vs. Seattle Pacific Date: 10/29/11 Attendance: 357 Goals by Period 1 2 OT Total Western Washington 0 1 0 --- 1 Seattle Pacific 1 0 1 --- 2 SCORING SUMMARY: SPU - Brand (Morris), 36:24 WWU - Brown (Jimenez), 65:11 SPU - Schultz (Brill, Nyone), 99:14 Shots: Western Washington 8, Seattle Pacific 23 Corner kicks: Western Washington 3, Seattle Pacific 5 Fouls: Western Washington 26, Seattle Pacific 13 Saves: Western Washington 10 (Rogers 10), Seattle Pacific 2 (Johnson 2)
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