Vikings begin GNAC play on road against NNU and MSUB

WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM Andrew Weishaar
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Andrew Weishaar
WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM

Sept. 18, 2013

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Looking for a good start in league play, the Western Washington University men's soccer team travels to Northwest Nazarene on Thursday, Sept. 19 (5 p.m.), and to Montana State Billings on Saturday, Sept. 21 (1:30 p.m.) for a pair of Great Northwest Athletic Conference contests.

The Vikings split four preseason non-league games. Last week in a pair of home contests, they defeated Notre Dame de Namur, 2-1, and fell 1-0 to Hawaii Pacific.

THE LAST MEETING
Western Washington4  
Northwest Nazarene3OT
October 20, 2012
Nampa, ID
WWU snaps road hex with 4-3 overtime win at Northwest Nazarene
Freshman midfielder Conner Pichette scored the game-winning goal in the 10th minute of overtime as Western Washington University snapped a seven-game road losing streak dating back to 2011 with a 4-3 win at Northwest Nazarene University on Saturday afternoon in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's soccer contest at the NNU Soccer Field.

THE LAST MEETING
Western Washington1  
Montana State-Billings2OT
October 18, 2012
Billings, MT
WWU falls 2-1 in overtime at Montana State Billings
Western Washington University remained winless on the road as it fell 2-1 in overtime to Montana State University Billings in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's soccer game Thursday afternoon at Yellowjacket Field.

Forward Andrew Weishaar (Sr., Snohomish) and Troy McCarty (Fr., Snohomish) scored WWU's goals against Notre Dame de Namur.

McCarty earned GNAC Defensive Player of the Week honors, playing outstanding defense for 161 minutes and scoring on his only shot.

Weishaar, who received GNAC Offensive POW honorable mention for the second straight week, leads the Vikings with six points, scoring two goals and assisting on two others.

Goalkeeper Keegan Rogers (Jr., Portland, OR/Portland Christian) has a 1.31 goals against average for the Vikings.

Northwest Nazarene has a 0-1-2 record, all of the games at home. WWU leads the series 11-2-1. Both meetings last season went into overtime, the first being a 0-0 tie at Bellingham and the Vikings prevailing 4-3 at Nampa, Id.

Montana State Billings, which plays its home opener on Thursday against nationally No.1-ranked Simon Fraser, is 0-3-1. WWU holds a 14-5-0 series edge. The Vikings split with MSUB last season, winning 2-1 at Bellingham and losing 2-1 in overtime at Billings.

Greg Brisbon is in his first year as head coach at WWU after being the Vikings' top assistant for 12 of the last 13 seasons.

Defender Bailey Martin (Sr., Tacoma/Stadium) received GNAC Defensive POW honorable mention for WWU's opening two games on the road. The Vikings lost 2-1 in overtime to Metro State and won 4-1 over Colorado Christian.