WWU begins four-game home stand
Beginning a four-game home stand, the Western Washington University men's soccer team entertains Hawaii Pacific on Friday (7:30 p.m.) and Dixie State on Sunday (1 p.m.) in a pair of non-conference games at Orca Field on the campus of Whatcom Community College.
In all, the 0-2-0 Vikings will play nine of their next 11 games at home. Following this home stand, they are on the road for two contests before returning to Orca Field for five games.
Last week, WWU got off to a rough start, being edged 2-1 at nationally No.23-ranked Chico State and blanked 2-0 at Notre Dame de Namur.
Senior Justin Moore (Port Orchard/South Kitsap) scored the Vikings' only goal in the 83rd minute of the NDNU contest.
WWU was outshot, 35-16, in the two games.
The Vikings have split their previous six games with Hawaii Pacific and lost their only other meeting with Dixie State, 2-1, last year.
2012 Men's Soccer Report Week 1 (Sept. 5, 2012)
Conference All W L T GF GA Pts W L T GF GA MSU Billings 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 7 3 Simon Fraser 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 6 0 Seattle Pacific 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 7 3 Northwest Naz 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 Sioux Falls 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 6 Mary 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 10 Western Wash 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 4 Saint Martinis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 7
LAST WEEK: Thursday - MSU Billings 2 at Chaminade 1; Seattle Pacific 4 at Notre Dame de Namur 2; Western Washington 1 at Chico State 2. Friday - Regis 7, Mary 0 (at Fayette, Iowa); Sonoma State 4, Saint Martin's 0 (at Phoenix); Thompson Rivers 0 at Simon Fraser 6. Saturday - MSU Billings 3 at Hawaii Pacific 2; Cal State L.A. 2, Northwest Nazarene 1 (at St. George); Seattle Pacific 3 at Chico State 2; Western Washington 0 at Notre Dame de Namur 2. Sunday - Metro State 3, Mary 0 (at Fayette, Iowa), 12:30 p.m.; Colorado State - Pueblo 3, Saint Martin's 0 (at Phoenix); Vancouver Island 0 at Simon Fraser 3; William Jewell at Sioux Falls, 3 p.m.
THIS WEEK: Monday - Northwest Nazarene 0, Cal State San Bernardino 0 (at St. George). Tuesday - MSU Billings 2, Hawaii Hilo 0 (at Honolulu). Thursday - Northwest Nazarene at Dominican, 4:30 p.m.; Saint Martin's at Colorado Christian, 4 p.m. Friday - Rocky Mountain at Mary, 7 p.m.; Dixie State at Seattle Pacific, 7 p.m.; Azusa Pacific at Simon Fraser, 7:30 p.m.; Sioux Falls at Fort Hays State, 8 p.m.; Hawaii Pacific at Western Washington, 7 p.m. Saturday - Northwest Nazarene at Academy of Art, noon; Saint Martin's at Metro State, 3:30 p.m.; Sunday - South Dakota Mines at Mary, 1 p.m.; Hawaii Pacific at Simon Fraser, 7:30 p.m.; Northeastern State vs. Sioux Falls (at Hays, KS), 11 a.m.; Dixie State at Western Washington, 1 p.m. Monday (Sept. 10) - Grand Canyon at Seattle Pacific, 7 p.m.
POLLS: NSCAA National - 5. Seattle Pacific, 7. Simon Fraser. NSCAA West Region - 1. Seattle Pacific, 2. Simon Fraser, 9. Montana State Billings.
Offense - Danny Olivas, Seattle Pacific (F, 6-1, Fr., Phoenix, AZ - O'Connor) scored the game-winning goal on a 20-yard free kick in the Falcons' 3-1 win over 23rd ranked Chico State and also earned an assist on Blaine Carver's game-winner Thursday in a 4-2 victory at Notre Dame de Namur as the Falcons opened their season with two wins for the first time since 2002.
Defense - Michael Winter, Simon Fraser (D, 5-11, Sr., Vancouver, BC - Capilano) led the Clan defense that posted two shutouts and held Thompson Rivers and Vancouver Island to a total of 11 shots in two victories. Winter also scored a goal as SFU outscored its two opponents by a 9-0 count.
Offense - Carlo Basso, Simon Fraser (F, 6-3, Jr., Coquitlam, BC - Archbishop Carney) scored five goals, one shy of the GNAC single-game record of six, to lead the Clan to a 6-0 win over Thompson Rivers. Basso had an opportunity to tie the record, but missed a penalty kick opportunity. The Clan also beat Vancouver Island 3-0 to extend its two-season unbeaten streak to 22 games (21 wins, 1 tie). . .Legofi Crawford, Montana State Billings (F, Jr., Lakeland, FL - Northwest) came off the bench to score the Yellowjackets' first goal in a 2-1 win Thursday at Chaminade. He then had two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist in a 4-2 win Saturday at Hawaii Pacific.
YELLOWJACKETS 3-0 IN HAWAII: With Tuesday's 2-0 win against Hawaii Hilo, Montana State Billings is off to its best start since 2007. Prior to beating UHH, the Yellowjackets opened their Hawaii road trip with wins over Chaminade (2-1) and Hawaii Pacific (3-2). In 2007, MSUB opened its season with seven wins, then played to a draw before losing their first game of the season. . .Thomas Chameraud had three assists in last week's two victories, then added a fourth - his 11th career assist - in Tuesday's victory.
IMPRESSIVE STARTS FOR SPU, SFU: Seattle Pacific and Simon Fraser are off to 2-0 starts as well and earned the 1-2 rankings in this week's NSCAA West Regional poll. The Falcons are ranked fifth nationally and Simon Fraser is ranked seventh. MSUB earned a No. 9 regional ranking in the first poll. The NSCAA poll is unofficial as later this fall the NCAA will conduct three official polls that will determine which teams advance to the six-team West Regional playoffs. No automatic bids are awarded to the regional.
CARVER SCORES TWICE AS SPU GOES 2-0: Blaine Carver scored a goal in each of Seattle Pacific's two wins, getting the game-winner in Thursday's 4-2 victory over Notre Dame de Namur. It's been a decade (2002) since the Falcons have opened the season with two victories. SPU won twice despite being outshot 27-25 in the two contests, which included one against Chico State, which came into the game ranked 23rd.
BASSO'S BARAGE: Carlo Basso's five goals fell one shy of the GNAC single-game record of six set by Samir Vejo of Western Washington against Colorado Christian in 2008. Four players previously have scored four goals in a single contest. In his third season, Basso already ranks 14th in GNAC history with 63 career points, including 30 goals. Jovan Blagojevic had two goals in the Clan's victories, while Chris Bargholz earned three assists.
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