WWU begins crucial five-game home stand
Sept. 25, 2012
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Opening a crucial five-game home stand, the Western Washington University men's soccer team plays host to Saint Martin's on Thursday (3 p.m.), Sept. 27, and unbeaten and nationally No.3-ranked Seattle Pacific on Saturday (7 p.m.), Sept. 29, in a pair of Great Northwest Athletic Conference contests at Orca Field on the Whatcom CC campus.
The Vikings, 3-4-1 overall and 1-2-1 in league play had a four-game unbeaten streak (3-0-1), all at home, snapped with two road losses last week to Mary, 2-1, and Sioux Falls, 3-1.
Seattle Pacific, which is at GNAC-leading Simon Fraser on Thursday, is tied for second in the conference standings at 2-0-2 and has not lost in its first eight games (6-0-2).
Two seniors, midfielder Sujinda Dangvan (Vancouver/Mountain View) and forward Justin Moore (Port Orchard/South Kitsap), have each scored three goals to lead WWU with six points. Dangvan had the Vikings' marker against Mary, and Moore scored WWU's goal versus Sioux Falls.
Sophomore goalkeeper Keegan Rogers (So., Portland, OR/Portland Christian) has three shutouts and a 1.22 goals against average with 27 saves in 740 minutes.
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.
The Vikings have an 8-2-0 series advantage over Saint Martin's. They trail Seattle Pacific 13-41-6, but are 4-4-2 over the last five seasons.
WWU's Travis Connell (14th year, 120-119-16) is the school's winningest coach in both men's and women's soccer. His women's record is 108-57-19 in 10 seasons.
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
2012 Men's Soccer Report Week 4 (Sept. 25, 2012)
LAST WEEK: Thursday - Western Washington 1 at Mary 2; Saint Martin's 0 at MSU Billings 3; Seattle Pacific 0 at Northwest Nazarene 0 (2ot); Simon Fraser 5 at Sioux Falls 1. Saturday - Simon Fraser 3 at Mary 2 (ot); Seattle Pacific 1 at MSU Billings 1 (2ot); Saint Martin's 0 at Northwest Nazarene 3; Western Washington 1 at Sioux Falls 3.
THIS WEEK: Thursday - Northwest Nazarene at Mary, 7 p.m.; MSU Billings at Sioux Falls, 7 p.m.; Saint Martin's at Western Washington, 3 p.m.; Seattle Pacific at Simon Fraser, 7:30 p.m. Saturday - MSU Billings at Mary, 3 p.m.); Northwest Nazarene at Sioux Falls, 3:30 p.m.; Seattle Pacific at Western Washington, 7 p.m. Sunday - Saint Martin's at Simon Fraser, 3 p.m.
POLLS: NSCAA National (Sept. 25) - 3. Seattle Pacific. NSCAA West Region (Sept. 25) - 1. Seattle Pacific, 4. Simon Fraser.
NCAA NATIONAL STATISTICS (Through Sept. 23): Team (Top 30): Scoring - 4. Simon Fraser 3.63. Total Goals - 2. Simon Fraser 29. Goals Against - 19. Northwest Nazarene 0.69; 21. Seattle Pacific 0.71. Shutout PCT. - 9. Northwest Nazarene 0.63. Saves - 3. Sioux Falls 7.71. Save PCT. - 11. Northwest Nazarene .867. Total Assists - 9. Simon Fraser 19. Total Points - 4. Simon Fraser 77. Individuals (Top 30): Points - 9. Carlo Basso, SFU, 2.63. Total Points - 7. Carlo Basso, SFU, 21. Goals - 8. Carlo Basso, SFU, 1.13; 23. Brice Holiday, USF, 0.86. Total Goals - 6. Carlo Basso, SFU, 9; 22. Brice Holiday, USF, 6. Assists - 2. Chris Bargholz, SFU, and Thomas Chameraud, MSUB, 1.25. Total Assists - 2. Thomas Chameraud, MSUB, 6; 7. Chris Bargholz, SFU, 5. Goals Against - 19. Alfredo Ontiveros, NNU, 0.69; 20. Zach Johnson, SPU, 0.71. Save PCT. - 11. Alfredo Ontiveros, NNU, .867. Saves Per Game - 4. Kyle Simons, USF, 7.57; 23. Michael Frenzel, Mary, 5.50. Total Saves - 3. Kyle Simons, USF, 53; 9. Michael Frenzel, Mary, 44; 18. Alfredo Ontiveros, NNU, 39.
GNAC RED LION PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Offense - Brice Holliday, Sioux Falls (F, 5-11, Sr., Colorado Springs, CO - Coronado) scored all three of his team's goals as the Cougars defeated Western Washington to snap a six-game losing streak and earn their first victory as a NCAA Division II member school. The hat trick earned Holliday Red Lion Offensive Player of the Week honors. Defense - Conner Moe, Montana State Billings (D, 6-1, 185, Sr., Snohomish, WA - Bellevue CC) led the Yellowjacket defense to a 3-0 shutout of Saint Martin's and a 1-1 draw with Seattle Pacific. The Red Lion Defensive Player of the Week award winner was especially instrumental in leading MSUB in the late minutes of the second half and both overtime periods against the Falcons. Honorable Mention - Carlo Basso, Simon Fraser; Stephen Marshall, Northwest Nazarene.
SFU GRABS FIRST WITH OT GOAL: With the winner grabbing the early lead in the conference race, Simon Fraser got an overtime goal Saturday from Colin Jacques to beat Mary 3-2. The Marauders forced the extra period scoring twice in the last 10 minutes on goals by Cam Hager at 80:43 and by Alex Boyes on a header in the final second of regulation. Jacques game-winner came off an assist by Justin Wallace. Ryan Buchholz had a pair of assists and goalie Michael Frenzel had 16 saves as U-Mary split two contests.
TWO MORE SHUTOUTS FOR ONTIVEROS: Northwest Nazarene goalie Alfredo Ontiveros recorded his fourth and fifth shutouts of the season as the Crusaders played to a scoreless tie with Seattle Pacific before defeating Saint Martin's. In its past five games, NNU has allowed just one goal. That came with 1:18 remaining in their contest to Simon Fraser in a 2-1 win. Ontiveros had seven saves in the two contests and has had 23 saves in NNU's past five games, posting a .958 save percentage.
BASSO CLIMBS TO SEVENTH: Carlo Basso scored two goals and also had two assists as Simon Fraser moved one point ahead of Northwest Nazarene and Seattle Pacific, with a pair of victories. Basso already has 21 points this season (9 goals, 3 assists) matching his freshman year point total. Last year he had 32 points (16 goals) and now ranks seventh in GNAC history with 74 career points.
HAT TRICKS: Holiday's hat trick in Sioux Falls' 3-1 win against Western Washington was the 33rd three-goal game in GNAC history. There has also been one six-goal game, one five-goal game (earlier this season by Carlo Basso of Simon against Thompson River) and four four-goal performances.
HORST SCORES TWICE FOR MSUB: Landon Horst scored two goals in Montana State Billings' 3-0 win against Saint Martin's and had an assist on its goal in their 1-1 tie with Seattle Pacific. MSUB keeper Eoin Hurley had 12 saves in the two contests. . .Kyle Peterman scored Seattle Pacific's lone goal as the Falcons extended their unbeaten streak to eight games with a pair of draws.
AROUND THE GNAC: Dylan Coffee had the game-winning goal and John DiLulo had a goal and assist in Northwest Nazarene's shutout of Saint Martin's. The Saints were outshot 41-11 in a pair of 3-0 road losses at Billings and Nampa. . .Sujinda Dangvan and Justin Moore had Western Washington's goals in their road losses at Mary and Sioux Falls.
STREAKS: Simon Fraser extended its streak of games played with a goal to 27 tying the GNAC record set by Seattle University between Aug. 26, 2004 and Sept. 1, 2005.
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."
Week of Sept. 10-16: 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."
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). Sept. 17-23 - Central Washington (Volleyball).
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