Nov. 3, 2011
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Western Washington University twice recovered from a goal down to tie nationally No.1-ranked Simon Fraser University, 2-2 in overtime, and end the Clan's 16-game winning streak, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's soccer contest Thursday at Orca Field on the campus of Whatcom CC.
Midfielder Tye Hastings (So., Mill Creek/Jackson) and forward Keith Ferris (Richland) scored for the Vikings, who snapped a five-game losing streak to conclude the season 5-11-1 overall and 3-6-1 in the GNAC.
Simon Fraser, ranked No.1 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/NCAA Division II Top 25, is 16-0-1 overall and 9-0-1 in GNAC. The Clansmen, who had already clinched a second straight GNAC title, a conference first, are not eligible for the NCAA Division II tournament as they are in a transition year from the NAIA.
Simon Fraser opened the scoring exactly 25 minutes in. Justin Wallace was fouled in the penalty area, and Josh Bennett converted the penalty kick just inside the right post.
Western leveled the score in the 59th minute. A deflection fell to Hastings, who chested the ball down and hit a left-footed blast through traffic from 20 yards out.
Less than five minutes later, the Clan's Juan Sanchez fired a low shot from the left side that Western goalkeeper Keegan Rogers (Fr., Portland, OR/Portland Christian) stopped, but the ball fell to Carlo Basso, who had a simple finish from the goalmouth to give SFU a 2-1 advantage.
But the Vikings continued to create chances, and perhaps fittingly for Senior Night, it was a senior who got the equalizer. After a series of headers in and around the penalty area, a Hastings header fell to Ferris, who finished from 10 yards out.
"I'm really proud of all our guys," said Western coach Travis Connell. "We've had some frustrations this season, but in the final week, we've taken the No.1 team in the region (Seattle Pacific) to overtime, and tied the No.1 team in the country. Our seniors have been great leaders in those games, and they deserve the success they've had."
In the extra periods, neither team had a shot on target until the final minute, when SFU's Michael Winter won a scramble off a cross but put his shot right at Rogers.
It was the final game for five Viking seniors. Aside from Ferris, it was also the last collegiate contest for forward Tyler Bjork (Kirkland/Juanita), forward Kellan Brown (Tacoma/Bellarmine Prep), midfielder Sean Connor (Mount Vernon), and midfielder Oscar Jimenez (Mount Vernon).
Western Washington vs. Simon Fraser Date: 11/03/11 Attendance: 217 Goals by Period 1 2 OT Total Simon Fraser 1 1 0 --- 2 Western Washington 0 2 0 --- 2 SCORING SUMMARY: SFU - Bennett (penalty kick), 25:00 WWU - Hastings (unassisted), 58:39 SFU - Basso (Sanchez), 63:22 WWU - Ferris (Hastings), 84:26 Shots: Western Washington 16, Simon Fraser 24 Corner kicks: Western Washington 7, Simon Fraser 10 Fouls: Western Washington 25, Simon Fraser 15 Saves: Western Washington 3 (Rogers 3), Simon Fraser 6 (Steenhuis 6)
Garrett Strawn Named to Academic All-District Team
Strawn voted as one of four GNAC honorees, advances to Academic All-America ballot
Five Vikings Earn Men's Soccer All-GNAC Honors
Anthony Dean and Tyler Visten named unanimous First Team All-GNAC selections for WWU
WWU Ties No. 15 Simon Fraser 0-0 After Double OT
WWU ties GNAC champion Simon Fraser in Burnaby for second straight year
Men's Soccer Edged 2-1 by Visiting Concordia
Cavaliers score twice early, Vikings net goal on penalty kick by Anthony Dean
WWU Game at Simon Fraser Postponed Due to Snow
Snow at Terry Fox Field in Burnaby forces reschedule of Thursday's game to Sunday
WWU Heads to No. 15 Simon Fraser, Hosts Concordia
Vikings enter final week of GNAC schedule battling for conference title
Men's Soccer Falls 2-0 at MSU Billings
Yellowjackets score in 66th minute to take lead, add late goal in final minute of game
Record Eleven Vikings Earn GNAC All-Academic Honors
WWU sets program record for GNAC All-Academic honorees, Olney earns third honor
WWU Battles to Scoreless Tie at Northwest Nazarene
Tyler Visten ties career high with 10 saves, including a penalty kick save during first half
WWU Travels to Northwest Nazarene, MSU Billings
The Vikings are tied for 2nd in the GNAC with four conference games remaining
Men's Soccer Falls 3-2 at Saint Martin's
WWU edged by one-goal margin for second straight game, Dean and Olney score for Vikings
Vikings Travel to Face Saint Martin's on Thursday
WWU (6-3-3, 5-1-1 GNAC) begins a stretch of four consecutive road contests this week
WWU Edged 1-0 on Golden Goal in Double OT by SFU
Simon Fraser scores in 109th minute as Vikings suffer first defeat since Sept. 2
WWU Shuts Out MSU Billings 2-0, Extends Unbeaten Streak
Vikings score in 81st and 90th minutes, extend unbeaten streak to nine games
WWU to Host MSU Billings, No. 16 Simon Fraser
Vikings (4-0-1 GNAC) look to continue strong start to conference schedule at home