WWU on road to face newest GNAC rivals, U-Mary and Sioux Falls
Sept. 19, 2012
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Facing its newest league rivals, the Western Washington University men's soccer team is on the road this week to meet University of Mary on Thursday (8 p.m.) and University of Sioux Falls on Saturday (7 p.m.) in a pair of Great Northwest Athletic Conference contests.
The Vikings, 3-2-1 overall and 1-0-1 in conference play, were unbeaten during a four-game home streak over the last two weeks. They posted 1-0 wins over both Hawaii Pacific and Dixie State, tied Northwest Nazarene 0-0 in overtime and slipped past Montana State Billings, 2-1.
U-Mary, located in Bismarck, North Dakota, is 2-3-1 overall and 1-1-0 in GNAC play. Last week, the Marauders lost 3-1 to Seattle Pacific after blanking Saint Martin's, 2-0.
WWU holds a 2-0-1 series advantage over U-Mary, tying 1-1 in overtime in their last meeting in 2009 at Bellings, Mont.
Sioux Falls, located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is in its first year as a full-fledged NCAA member. The Cougars are 0-5-0 overall and 0-2-0 in league action.
WWU senior midfielder Sujinda Dangvan (Vancouver/Mountain View) scored two unassisted goals in Saturday's win over Montana State Billings.
In the 0-0 tie with Northwest Nazarene, goalkeeper Keegan Rogers (So., Portland, OR/Portland Christian) recorded his third straight shutout, making six saves. Rogers has a 0.80 goals against average in six games this season, allowing just five goals and making 21 saves.
Defender Kurtis Pederson (Puyallup/Bellarmine Prep) was named Red Lion/GNAC Defensive Player of the Week for his play in the wins over Hawaii Pacific and Dixie State.
WWU's Travis Connell (14th year, 120-117-16) is the school's winningest coach in both men's and women's soccer. His women's record is 107-56-19 in 10 seasons.
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
2012 Men's Soccer Report Week 3 (Sept. 18, 2012)
Conference All W L T GF GA Pts W L T GF GA Seattle Pacific 2 0 0 5 1 6 6 0 0 15 5 Western Washington 1 0 1 2 1 4 3 2 1 5 5 Northwest Nazarene 1 0 1 2 1 4 2 2 2 5 6 Simon Fraser 1 1 0 3 2 3 5 1 0 21 5 Mary 1 1 0 3 3 3 2 3 1 8 16 Saint Martin's 1 1 0 3 4 3 2 4 0 7 15 MSU Billings 0 2 0 1 4 0 3 2 0 8 7 Sioux Falls 0 2 0 2 5 0 0 5 0 5 18
LAST WEEK: Monday - Grand Canyon 1 at Seattle Pacific 2. Thursday - Mary 2 at Saint Martin's 0; MSU Billings 0 at Simon Fraser 2; Northwest Nazarene 0 at Western Washington 0 (2ot); Sioux Falls 0 at Seattle Pacific 2. Saturday - Mary 1 at Seattle Pacific 3; MSU Billings 1 at Western Washington 2; Northwest Nazarene 2 at Simon Fraser 1; Sioux Falls 2 at Saint Martin's 3.
THIS WEEK: Thursday - Western Washington at Mary, 8 p.m.; Saint Martin's at MSU Billings, 4 p.m.; Seattle Pacific at Northwest Nazarene, 5:30 p.m.; Simon Fraser at Sioux Falls, 7 p.m. Saturday - Simon Fraser at Mary, 7 p.m.; Seattle Pacific at MSU Billings, 1 p.m.; Saint Martin's at Northwest Nazarene, 3 p.m.; Western Washington at Sioux Falls, 7 p.m.
POLLS: NSCAA National (Sept. 18) - 2. Seattle Pacific. NSCAA West Region (Sept. 18) - 1. Seattle Pacific, 6. Simon Fraser.
NCAA NATIONAL STATISTICS (Through Sept. 16): Team (Top 30): Scoring - 3. Simon Fraser 3.80; 28. Seattle Pacific 15.0. Total Goals - 8. Simon Fraser 19; 21. Seattle Pacific 15. Shutout PCT. - 22. Northwest Nazarene and Western Washington .500. Saves - 5. Sioux Falls 7.60. Save PCT. - 25. Northwest Nazarene .842; 29. Western Washington .833. Total Assists - 16. Simon Fraser 13; 24. Seattle Pacific 11. Total Points - 11. Simon Fraser 51; 23. Seattle Pacific 41. Individuals (Top 30): Points - 5. Carlo Basso, SFU, 3.00; 23. Jovan Blagojevic, SFU, 2.25. Total Points - 9. Carlo Basso, SFU, 15. Goals - 3. Carlo Basso, SFU, 1.40; 13. Jovan Blagojevic, SFU, 1.00. Total Goals - 4. Carlo Basso, SFU, 7; 20. Dylan Gaydosh, SMU, 5. Assists - 2. Chris Bargholz, SFU, and Thomas Chameraud, MSUB, 1.25. Total Assists - 4. Chris Bargholz, SFU, and Thomas Chameraud, MSUB, 5; 23. Christopher Morris, SPU, 3. Save PCT. - 24. Alfredo Ontiveros, NNU, .842. Saves Per Game - 5. Kyle Simons, USF, 7.40. Total Saves - 5. Kyle Simons, USF, 37; 12. Alfredo Ontiveros, NNU, 32; 26. Michael Frenzel, Mary, 28.
GNAC RED LION PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Offense - Christopher Morris, Seattle Pacific (M, 6-0, Sr., Mercer Island, WA) is the Red Lion Offensive Player of the Week. Morris contributed two goals and an assist as the Falcons equaled their best start (6-0) in school history with three victories, including 2-0 and 3-1 conference wins against Sioux Falls and the University of Mary. He had the game-winning goal against USF, then scored the first goal and had an assist on the third goal against the Marauders. Defense - Stephan Marshall, Northwest Nazarene (D, 5-10, 5-10, Sr., Palm Springs, CA - Cal Poly SLO) keyed the Crusader defense as NNU earned four road points by playing Western Washington to a scoreless tie, then beating 12th ranked Simon Fraser 2-1 snapping the Clan's GNAC-record tying 24-game unbeaten streak. That performance earned Marshall Red Lion Defensive Player of the Week accolades. It also helped secure the Crusaders the GNAC Team of the Week award. "Marshall showed this weekend why he is one of the best defenders in our region," NNU coach Coe Michaelson said. "His leadership and ability to read the game are second to none."
HONORABLE MENTION: Sujinda Dangvan, Western Washington (M, 5-9, Sr., Vancouver, WA - Mountain View) scored both of the Vikings goals in their 2-1 home win over Montana State Billings. . .Dylan Gaydosh, Saint Martin's (F, 6-1, Jr., Federal Way, WA - Stadium) tallied his fourth and fifth goals of the season in the Saints' 3-2 win against Sioux Falls. It was his second multi-goal game of the season. . .Jaime Torres, Northwest Nazarene (M, 5-8, Jr., Pomona, CA) had a goal and an assist in the Crusaders' upset of Simon Fraser. . . Keegan Rogers, Western Washington (GK, 6-1, So., Portland, OR - Portland Christian) posted his third shutout of the season Thursday against Northwest Nazarene then allowed just one goal in Saturday's 2-1 win against Montana State Billings. The goal ended his scoreless streak at 327 minutes. . .Richie Evoy, Seattle Pacific (M, 5-11, Sr., Bend, OR) converted a penalty kick for the game-winning goal in SPU's 3-1 win over Mary. He also led the Falcons defense which surrendered just two goals in three wins, including a 2-1 victory over eighth-ranked Grand Canyon
AROUND THE GNAC: Ian Adams scored both goals in Seattle Pacific's 2-1 West Region win over Grand Canyon. . . Spencer Salvador had a pair of assists in Saint Martin's victory 3-2 victory over Sioux Falls. . .Chris Bargholz scored two of Simon Fraser's goals, including the game-winner in Thursday's 2-0 shutout of MSU Billings. . . U-Mary got two goals in the final 15:02 from Rory Pratt and Dace Moerkeke to snap a scoreless draw and win its inaugural GNAC contest Thursday at Lacey. . .Brice Holiday had both of Sioux Falls' goals in its loss at Saint Martin's.
STREAKS: Simon Fraser extended its unbeaten streak to 24 games (23 wins, 1 tie) with its win over Montana State Billings Thursday before losing to Northwest Nazarene to tie the GNAC record set by Seattle University during its national championship run in 2004. The Clan did get a goal with 1:18 remaining against the Crusaders and have now scored in 25 consecutive games to close in on the GNAC record of 27 set by Seattle between Aug. 26, 2004 and Sept. 1, 2005. The loss also snapped SFU's 14-game home win streak which is a GNAC record. The old record of 12 was set by Seattle during the same tied period. . . Seattle Pacific (6-0) is off to its best start in school history. The Falcons also began their 1985 and 1991 seasons with six consecutive wins.
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.
Week of Sept. 3-9: Offense - Lucas Ferritto, Simon Fraser (F, 5-5, Jr., Hamilton, ON - St. Jean De Brebeuf) scored 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. "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."
GNAC TEAMS OF THE WEEK: Aug. 27-Sept. 2 - Montana State Billings (Women's Soccer). Sept. 3-9 - Western Washington (Volleyball). Sept. 10-16 - Northwest Nazarene (Men's Soccer).
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