Western ends home stand Thursday against No.20 Metro State

WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM Head coach Travis Connell (right) and assistant Greg Brisbon (left)
Head coach Travis Connell (right) and assistant Greg Brisbon (left)

Sept. 8, 2009

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - The Western Washington University men's soccer team completes a season-opening five-game home stand Thursday (7 p.m.) against nationally ranked Metro State at Orca Field on the Whatcom Community College campus.

The Vikings, 2-2-0, then travel to Phoenix, Arizona, where they face Mesa State on Sunday, Sept. 13 (8 p.m.) and Grand Canyon on Tuesday, Sept. 15 (1 p.m.).

Metro State, ranked No.20 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, is 2-1-0.

Mesa State is 0-2-1 and Grand Canyon, rated No.23 nationally, is 1-1-1. Mesa State plays at Grand Canyon on Friday.

Western lost 3-2 on Monday to Chico State on a goal in the 88th minute.

The Vikings led twice in the contest as midfielder Kellan Brown (So., Tacoma/Bellarmine) scored a pair of goals. Brown has tallied Western's last three goals and has been involved in the last four.

Western was outshot, 17-13, by the Wildcats. It was the first time in four outings this season that the Vikings had fewer shots than the opposition.

First-team Great Northwest Athletic Conference all-star goalkeeper Cameron Copps-Tilley (Sr., Vancouver/Fort Vancouver) made his first start of the season against Chico State, making two saves. He has been recovering from an appendectomy in late July.

Last year, Copps-Tilley had six shutouts and 73 saves with a 1.13 goals-against-average in helping Western to an 11-5-3 record and the GNAC championship.