BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Visiting Concordia scored twice early to grab a lead and a 17th minute goal from senior forward Anthony Dean proved to be the lone goal for the Western Washington University men’s soccer team during the evening as the Cavaliers edged the Vikings, 2-1, on Saturday night at Harrington Field in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play.
All three goals were scored within the first 17 minutes of the game as the Cavaliers (5-10-2, 4-7-1 GNAC) netted goals in the 11th and 16th minutes before the goal from Dean (Amsterdam, The Netherlands/Bellevue College) cut the deficit in half for the Vikings (6-6-4, 5-4-2 GNAC).
The Cavaliers went up 1-0 in the 11th minute when forward Nick Evans found forward Kieran McMinn with a short lead pass as McMinn made a run up the field. McMinn blasted a low shot from outside the top of the 18-yard box to the lower-left corner of the net for the lead.
Just under 6 minutes later it was Evans and McMinn combining to assist midfielder Brady Sanders for a goal in the 16th minute, as a pair of passes resulted with a low cross to Sanders who finished from 3 yards away.
The Vikings responded quickly to the second goal, however, with Dean scoring a penalty kick to the lower-left part of the net after a foul occurred in the 18-yard box. The goal came 30 seconds after the second goal for Concordia, and was Dean’s team-leading 11th goal of the year. He entered the evening tied for 2nd in the GNAC with 10 goals on the season.
The Vikings held a 15-6 advantage in total shots, but neither team was able to find the back of the net following the early spurt of offense. Each team finished the game with 5 shots on goal.
The Vikings totaled 9 shots in the first half (2 on goal) and had 6 shots (3 on goal) during the second half, coming close to finding the equalizing goal. Freshman forward Drew Farsnworth (Auckland, New Zealand/Westlake Boys) fired a shot in the 57th minute that was saved by a Concordia defender near the goal line for a team save and WWU also hit the crossbar with a header by Colton Ronk (Renton, WA/Liberty/Highline CC) in the 83rd minute.
Senior goalkeeper Tyler Visten (Mount Vernon, WA/Skagit Valley College) made 3 saves for WWU while Concordia goalkeeper Benoit Bouillant finished with 3 saves as well. The Vikings had 5 corner kicks compared with 3 for the Cavaliers.
Saturday evening was Senior Night for the Vikings as the team honored seniors Dean, Visten, Ronk, midfielder Luke Olney (Enumclaw, WA), defender Ibra Drame (Seattle, WA/Nathan Hale/Seattle U.) and forward Kyle Danielson (Des Moines, WA/Mount Rainier/Highline CC) prior to the start of the game.
The Vikings travel to Simon Fraser on Sunday to face the Clan after the originally-scheduled game between the teams set for Thursday (Nov. 2) was postponed due to snow and unplayable field conditions. The Clan topped visiting Seattle Pacific on Saturday night, 2-0, to secure the regular-season GNAC title. Sunday’s game between Simon Fraser and WWU is set to begin at 4 pm.
Match Notes: Anthony Dean scored his team-leading 11th goal and ranks 10th in WWU history in career goals scored as well as 12th in total points (47)…Concordia’s win on Saturday snapped a three-game win streak for WWU in the series between the teams (Vikings lead all-time series 7-6-1)…WWU won the first matchup of 2017 between the teams, 4-2, in Oregon on Sept. 30.
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