July 9, 2004
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -
Nine home matches and a road game against 2003 NCAA Division II national runner-up Chico State highlight a 20-game schedule for the Western Washington University men's soccer team.
The Vikings, who were 6-1-1 at home last season, begin the 2004 season with three non-conference games at Bellingham's Civic Stadium, facing Warner Pacific on Aug. 26, Cal Poly Pomona on Aug. 28 and Cal State Dominguez Hills on Aug. 30.
Western travels for nine of its next 11 games. The stretch begins with five road games, the Vikings going to non-league foes San Francisco State on Sept. 2, Sonoma State on Sept. 4, Cal State San Bernardino on Sept. 6 and Pacific (Ore.) on Sept. 10, then opening Great Northwest Athletic Conference action at Humboldt State on Sept. 12.
Western hosts non-conference rivals Pacific Lutheran on Sept. 20 and Montana State-Billings on Sept. 27 before going back on the road for non-league games versus Cal State Monterey Bay on Sept. 29, defending California Collegiate Athletic Association champion Chico State and Simon Fraser on Oct. 13. The Vikings also are at defending GNAC champion Seattle U. on Oct. 10.
Western plays four of its last six games at home, beginning with conference-rival Seattle Pacific on Oct. 16. The Vikings host Grand Canyon in a non-league contest on Oct. 25, and entertain Humboldt State on Nov. 1 and Seattle U. on Nov. 6 in league matchups.
Western's remaining road contests are against Evergreen in a non-league affair on Oct. 21 and Seattle Pacific in a GNAC contest on Nov. 3.
Head coach Travis Connell (6th year, 52-36-5) returns eight starters and 17 letter winners from last season's squad which finished 8-8-2, including an eight-game unbeaten streak after an 0-5-1 start.