WWU falls to Trinity Lutheran, 3-1

Tyler Bjork

Oct. 31, 2011

Box Score

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Forward Alex Couweleers scored twice in the last 11 minutes, lifting Trinity Lutheran College to a 3-1 victory over Western Washington University in a non-conference men's soccer contest Monday at Orca Field on the campus of Whatcom CC.

Tyler Bjork (Sr., Kirkland/Juanita) scored the lone goal for the Vikings, who suffered their fifth straight loss and seventh in the last eight games in falling to 5-11-0.

Trinity Lutheran, affiliated with the National Christian Colleges Athletic Association, improved to 11-4-1.

Couweleers, a graduate of Meridian High School, broke a 1-1 tie in the 80th minute, taking a long pass from Jesus Torres on one high hop and finishing with a looping volley from 12 yards out. The pair connected again with four minutes left, as a Torres pass created a breakaway that Couweleers finished from 14 yards.

Torres had opened the scoring in the 21st minute as his 25-yard shot deflected off a defender and into the lower right corner of the net. But Western equalized in the 36th minute as Jin Dangvan (Vancouver/Mountain View) put Bjork through on a breakaway and Bjork finished from seven yards out.

The Eagles had a 16-5 advantage in shots.

The Vikings close out their season Thursday (7 p.m.), entertaining Simon Fraser in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference contest.

Western Washington vs. Trinity Lutheran
Date: 10/31/11 Attendance: 75
Goals by Period    1   2     Total
Trinity Lutheran   1   2 ---   3
Western Washington 1   0 ---   1
TLC - Torres (unassisted), 20:48
WWU - Bjork (Dangvan), 35:21
TLC - Couweleers (Torres), 79:20
TLC - Couweleers (Torres), 85:56
Shots: Western Washington 5, Trinity Lutheran 16
Corner kicks: Western Washington 6, Trinity Lutheran 7
Fouls: Western Washington 11, Trinity Lutheran 11
Saves: Western Washington 2 (Rogers 1, Cohen 1), Trinity Lutheran 1 (Vazquez 1)

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