PORTLAND, Ore. – With a pair of 3-2 victories during its opening two matches of conference play, the Western Washington University men’s soccer team has been awarded this week’s GNAC/Red Lion Team of the Week honor, announced Monday by the conference office.
The Vikings opened GNAC play on Thursday with a 3-2 victory over Saint Martin’s at Harrington Field. Gaining a 3-0 advantage via a goal from freshman midfielder Georg Cholewa (Leipzig, Germany/Sportgymnasium Chemnitz) in the 78th minute, WWU was able to ward off a late Saints rally to earn its second victory of the season.
WWU finished the weekend strong, taking down Seattle Pacific in a thrilling 3-2 come-from-behind overtime victory on Saturday. Seattle Pacific entered the contest riding a five-match unbeaten streak, most recently drawing 1-1 at home against defending GNAC champion Simon Fraser two days prior.
With the Vikings down 2-0 at halftime, senior forward Anthony Dean (Amsterdam, The Netherlands/Bellevue College) tallied WWU’s first score of the match with a 74th minute free kick, giving him his conference-leading 6th goal of the campaign. Freshman forward Drew Farnsworth (Auckland, New Zealand/Westlake Boys) managed an unassisted game-tying goal with 3:58 left in the match, which ultimately was followed by a wide-open Stephen Jinneman (Jr., D, Renton, WA) header goal just three minutes into overtime to cap off the comeback and improve WWU to 3-2-2 this season.
“I am really proud of the team for the results they were able to get last week,” head coach Greg Brisbon said. “Every GNAC game is a challenge. The conference is made up of very good coaches and players across the board.”
Along with his game-tying tally at Seattle Pacific and goal against Saint Martin’s, Farnsworth was the recipient of this week’s GNAC Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week award.
The Vikings latest overtime thriller was their first overtime victory in five matches this season. In their four previous overtime contests, all of which occurred in non-conference action, the Vikings went 0-2-2 with three of those matches being played at home.
“To get six points the opening weekend is a great start for us,” Brisbon said. “Looking to build on it this upcoming week.”
WWU sits atop the GNAC leaderboard with Montana State Billings at six points each.
Traveling down to Portland, Ore., this week, the Vikings take on Concordia at Tuominen Yard on Saturday, Sept. 30. The contest marks Western Washington’s final road game before opening a four-game home stand starting against Seattle Pacific on Oct. 5.
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