Vikings begin GNAC play on road against NNU and MSUB
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.
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.
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