BURNABY, B.C. – The visiting Western Washington University men’s soccer team and host Simon Fraser played the final game of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference schedule on Sunday, battling to a 0-0 tie after double overtime at Terry Fox Field.
The Vikings (6-6-5, 5-4-3 GNAC) played their ninth overtime game of the season on Sunday and set a school record for ties in a season with five, tying the No. 15-ranked Clan (11-2-4, 7-2-3 GNAC) in Burnaby for a second consecutive season after a 1-1 (2 OT) result last year. Simon Fraser is 63-4-4 at home since joining the NCAA Division II level, with the Vikings tying the Clan at Terry Fox Field in consecutive seasons.
Sunday’s game had originally been scheduled to be played on Thursday night (Nov. 2) but snow in Burnaby created unplayable field conditions. As a result, the game was postponed until Sunday and marked the final game of the GNAC schedule with conference games for all other GNAC schools concluding at the end of Saturday’s action.
WWU held a 15-9 advantage in total shots on Sunday, and an 8-4 advantage in shots on goal during the match but neither team was able to find the net in a matchup featuring the two teams in the conference who have allowed the fewest goals during the season.
Senior goalkeeper Tyler Visten (Mount Vernon, WA/Skagit Valley College) made 4 saves as WWU earned its fifth shutout of the season. He made 1 save in each period of play for the Vikings as the Clan finished the game with 4 shots on goal. Simon Fraser goalkeeper Aidan Bain finished with 8 saves.
The Vikings produced 4 of their 8 shots on goal in the first half. Freshman midfielder Georg Cholewa (Leipzig, Germany/Sportgymnasium Chemnitz) and senior forward Anthony Dean (Amsterdam, The Netherlands/Bellevue College) each put 2 shots on goal during the game to lead WWU.
Both teams produced a shot on target during the first overtime, with senior midfielder Luke Olney (Enumclaw, WA) generating a shot on goal in the 95th minute. The Vikings had a pair of shots on goal in the second overtime, with freshman forward Drew Farnsworth (Auckland, New Zealand/Westlake Boys) putting a shot on goal in the 106th minute and Dean getting a shot on target with less than a minute to play.
Simon Fraser had 4 corner kicks in the game compared with 3 for the Vikings.
The overtime game was the second of the season for WWU against the Clan, with Simon Fraser scoring in the 109th minute during double overtime in the first 2017 meeting between the schools for a 1-0 victory on Oct. 14 in Bellingham.
Simon Fraser had clinched the GNAC title with a 2-0 win over Seattle Pacific on Saturday night and earned an automatic berth to the NCAA Division II Tournament, beginning this week.
Match Notes: Vikings tied for the fifth time during the season to set a record for ties in season (WWU tied four times in 2016 as well as in 1974)…WWU went to overtime for the ninth time out of 17 total games during the season, the most overtime games in a season for WWU since at least 2000…WWU posted fifth shutout of the season and tied 0-0 after double overtime for the third time in 2017…Vikings tied Simon Fraser in Burnaby for the second straight year after tying 1-1 after double overtime during 2016…Simon Fraser is 63-4-4 at home since joining the NCAA and 23-0-3 in last 26 home matches, with a pair of ties against WWU.
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