Western opens GNAC play at Simon Fraser
Sept. 14, 2011
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Off to an erratic start, the Western Washington University men's soccer team opens Great Northwest Athletic Conference play against the defending champion and coaches pre-season favorite Simon Fraser University on Sunday (2 p.m.) at Burnaby, B.C. (Fox Field).
The Vikings opened their season by winning one of three games against NCAA Division II West Region opponents. They sandwiched a 5-2 road victory over Dominican (Calif.) University between a pair of 2-1 home losses to nationally No.8-ranked Chico State and Notre Dame de Namur University.
Western was without head coach Travis Connell (13th year, 113-106-14) and all-star midfielder Oscar Jimenez (Sr., Mount Vernon) against NDNU, each missing the game after being tossed out the Dominican contest for receiving two yellow cards.
Jimenez had two goals and two assists in the Vikings' victory. That upped his four-year career assist total to 19, just three short of the WWU record held by Dennis Lapchis (1986-87, 1989-90).
Honorable mention All-America forward Kellan Brown (Sr., Tacoma/Bellarmine Prep) has scored two goals and assisted on another this season. He is tied for fourth among WWU career leaders in assists (14) and is fifth in points (58) and seventh in goals (22).
Simon Fraser is off to a 4-0 start. Western lost both meetings last year, 4-3 at Bellingham and 1-0 at Burnaby.
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