WWU makes GNAC debut at home versus NNU and MSUB
Sept. 11, 2012
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Coming off a pair of shutout victories, the Western Washington University men's soccer team concludes a four-game home stand with its first Great Northwest Athletic Conference contests of the season, entertaining Northwest Nazarene on Thursday (12:30 p.m.) and Montana State Billings on Saturday (2 p.m.) at Orca Field on the campus of Whatcom Community College.
Last week, the Vikings evened their record at 2-2-0 with 1-0 victories over Hawaii Pacific and Dixie State. They opened their season the previous week on the road, losing 2-1 to nationally No.23-ranked Chico State and 2-0 to Notre Dame de Namur.
Senior forward Justin Moore (Port Orchard/South Kitsap) scored the Vikings' only goal against Hawaii Pacific in the 25th minute, his second of the season. Junior forward Andrew Weishaar (Puyallup) tallied the game winner versus Dixie State in the 30th minute, freshman Conner Pichette (Tacoma/Wilson) being credited with an assist.
Leading the defense for coach Travis Connell (14th year, 119-117-15) were sophomore goalkeeper Keegan Rogers (Portland, OR/Portland Christian), who made seven saves in the two games in registering his first career shutouts, and freshman defender Kurtis Pederson (Puyallup/Bellarmine Prep), who was named Red Lion/GNAC Defensive Player of the Week.
Northwest Nazarene is 1-2-1, snapped a three-game winless streak with a 1-0 victory at Academy of Art last Saturday. The Crusaders are led by forward Jon Curry, a transfer from NCAA Division I UC Santa Barbara, who has scored two goals.
MSUB is 3-0-0 (at Simon Fraser on Thursday), winning all three games in Hawaii. The Yellowjackets, who were 6-1-2 in their last nine contests last season, are paced by forward Legofi Crawford, who had scored three goals and assisted on another, and defender Conner Moe, a first-team GNAC all-star.
WWU holds a 10-2-0 series advantage over Northwest Nazarene, splitting the last four meetings. The Crusaders won 2-1 in overtime at Bellingham in 2011.
The Vikings are 13-4-0 against MSUB, all four losses coming in their last 10 meetings. They have split in four of the last five seasons.
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
2012 Men's Soccer Report Week 2 (Sept. 11, 2012)
LAST WEEK: Monday - Northwest Nazarene 0, Cal State San Bernardino 0 (2 ot; at St. George). Tuesday - MSU Billings 2, Hawaii Hilo 0 (at Honolulu). Thursday - Northwest Nazarene 1 at Dominican 3; Saint Martin's 3 at Colorado Christian 0. Friday - Rocky Mountain 3 at Mary 3 (2ot); Dixie State 0 at Seattle Pacific 1 (ot); Azusa Pacific 1 at Simon Fraser 6; Sioux Falls 1 at Fort Hays State 3; Hawaii Pacific 0 at Western Washington 1. Saturday - Northwest Nazarene 1 at Academy of Art 0; Saint Martin's 1 at Metro State 4. Sunday - South Dakota Mines 0 at Mary 2; Hawaii Pacific 2 at Simon Fraser 3; Northeastern State 4, Sioux Falls 1 (at Hays, KS); Dixie State 0 at Western Washington 1.
THIS WEEK: Monday - Grand Canyon 1 at Seattle Pacific 2. Thursday - Mary at Saint Martin's, 1 p.m.; MSU Billings at Simon Fraser, 7:30 p.m.; Northwest Nazarene at Western Washington, 12:30 p.m.; Sioux Falls at Seattle Pacific, 7 p.m. Saturday - Mary at Seattle Pacific, 7 p.m.; MSU Billings at Western Washington, 2 p.m.; Northwest Nazarene at Simon Fraser, 3 p.m.; Sioux Falls at Saint Martin's, 1 p.m.
POLLS: NSCAA National (Sept. 11) - 2. Seattle Pacific, 12. Simon Fraser. NSCAA West Region (Sept. 11) - 1. Seattle Pacific, 3. Simon Fraser, 8. Montana State Billings.
GNAC RED LION PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Offense - Lucas Ferritto, Simon Fraser (F, 5-5, Jr., Hamilton, ON - St. Jean De Brebeuf) earned GNAC Red Lion Offensive Player of the Week honors scoring a pair of game-winning goals including one at 75:01 to snap a 2-2 tie in the Clan's 3-2 win over Hawaii Pacific Sunday as the Clan extended their two-season unbeaten streak to 23 games. Ferritto also had the game-winner in Friday's 6-1 home win against Azusa Pacific.
Defense - Kurtis Pederson, Western Washington (D, 6-1, 180, Fr., Puyallup, WA) keyed the Viking defense that helped produce 1-0 shutout victories over Hawaii Pacific and Dixie State forcing goalkeeper Keegan Rogers to make just five saves to claim the GNAC Red Lion Defensive Player of the Week award. "Kurtis played two complete games," WWU coach Travis Connell said. "He defended well, was dominant in the air and consistently put our attack on the right foot with his distribution out of the back."
Blaine Carver, Seattle Pacific (F, 5-10, 155, Jr., Soldotna, AK) scored the lone goal in the Falcons 1-0 win over Dixie State. That was Carver's team-leading third goal and his second game-winning strike of the season.
Rory Pratt, U-Mary (F, 6-2, So., Dublin, Ireland - St. Michaels College) scored a pair of goals against Rocky Mountain in a 3-3 tie. Pratt scored the first goal of the game in the 16th minute and finished the U-Mary scoring putting them up 3-2 in the 56th minute. He also helped lead U-Mary to a 2-0 win over South Dakota School of Mines and Technology to give the Marauders their first win of the season.
Dylan Gaydosh, Saint Martin's (F, 6-1, 190, Jr., Federal Way, WA - Stadium) scored two goals recording his first career multi-goal game in guiding the Saints to a 3-0 win over Colorado Christian. His two goals were just 30 seconds apart which will put him into the NCAA Division II record books with the fifth fastest time between goals scored by the same player. He added a third goal in SMU's 4-1 loss at Metro State.
Jon Pearman, Seattle Pacific (D, 6-2, 185, Sr., Glendale, AZ - Cactus) anchored a defense that shutout Dixie State and limited the Red Storm to just four shots, none of them directly on goal.
AROUND THE GNAC: John Hodnett had five points in Simon Fraser's two wins, scoring two goals and adding an assist. Carlo Basso also had two goals increasing his season total to seven. . .Western Washington's two shutouts were its first since it blanked Northwest Nazarene 1-0 on Sept. 22, 2011. They were also the first two career shutouts for Viking goalkeeper Keegan Rogers. . .Montana State Billings outshot Hawaii Hilo 19-3 as it completed its Hawaii road trip with a 3-0 record. . .Alfredo Ontiveros posted a 0.93 GAA and had a .824 save percentage (14-17) as Northwest Nazarene had a 1-1-1 record against three California teams. . . Blake Moreland scored Saint Martin's game-winning goal against Colorado Christian in the 44th minute. Ivan Gonzalez added assists on both of Gaydosh's goals against Colorado Christian. . .Sioux Falls forward Brice Holiday and midfielder Ryan Keohane earned all-tournament honors in the Days Inn Fort Hays State soccer classic. Holiday contributed to both of USF's goals in the tournament, scoring one and assisting on the other.
PREVIOUS RED LION PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Week of Aug. 27-Sept. 2: 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.
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