WWU loses 1-0 to No.3 Seattle Pacific
Sept. 29, 2012
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Western Washington University suffered its first home loss of the season, falling 1-0 to nationally ranked Seattle Pacific University on Saturday night in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's soccer game at Orca Field on the Whatcom CC campus.
The Vikings fell to 4-5-1 overall and 2-3-1 in the GNAC with the defeat.
Blaine Carver scored the game-winner for Seattle Pacific, which improved to 7-1-2 overall and3-1-2 in conference play. The Falcons are ranked No.3 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll.
"I'm proud of our guys, they did everything we asked of them," said WWU coach Travis Connell (14th, 121-120-16). "We came in with energy and stuck to the game plan. We created enough chances to score, but they didn't go in, and SPU scored a good goal."
The Falcons got the game-winner in the 61st minute. Danny Olivas won the ball with pressure in the WWU end, dribbled to the end line and fired in a low cross from the right that Carver deflected in from the goalmouth.
WWU's best chance to equalize came in the 89th minute. Kurtis Peterson (Fr., Puyallup/Bellarmine Prep) played a ball into the penalty area from the attacking edge of the center circle, and Justin Moore (Sr., Port Orchard/South Kitsap) had a looping header from eight yards go just wide of the left post.
The Vikings host NCAA Division II No.1-ranked Simon Fraser on Saturday (7 p.m.), Oct. 6, in the middle game of a five-game home stand. WWU is now 4-1-1 at home.
Saturday, September 29, 2012 Orca Field/Whatcom CC, Bellingham, Wash.
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