Vikings to Host Seattle Pacific and Northwest Nazarene

Oct. 3, 2017

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THIS WEEK IN WWU MEN’S SOCCER

Thursday, October 5

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Seattle Pacific    7:30 pm  ●  Harrington Field

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Saturday, October 7

Live Coverage

Northwest Nazarene  ●  7 pm  ●  Harrington Field

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WHAT’S HAPPENING…the Western Washington University men’s soccer team (4-2-2, 3-0-0 GNAC) begins a four-game home stand this week, hosting Seattle Pacific on Thursday and Northwest Nazarene on Saturday…Vikings are unbeaten over their last six games and carry a three-game win streak into the week.

THURSDAY DOUBLEHEADER…the WWU women’s soccer team and WWU men’s soccer team will both face Seattle Pacific on Thursday night as part of a home doubleheader…the women play at 5 pm followed by the men at 7:30 pm…2-for-1 admission will be offered and WWU soccer t-shirts will be given away.

LAST WEEK…the Vikings played one game last week, scoring four times during the first half en route to a 4-2 victory at Concordia last Saturday night…Garrett Strawn totaled a goal and 2 assists while Anthony Dean scored twice and Stephen Jinneman added a goal as well…Vikings remained unbeaten in GNAC play with the victory and posted their highest scoring output in a game since their last meeting with Concordia in November of 2016.

LAST TIME VS SPU…WWU is facing Seattle Pacific for the second time in 2017 while opposing Northwest Nazarene for the first time this season…the Vikings and Falcons played on Sept. 23 in Seattle with WWU earning a come-from-behind 3-2 (OT) victory …after two first-half goals by Seattle Pacific, Anthony Dean scored in the 74th minute to bring WWU within 2-1 before the Vikings tied the game in the 87th minute on a goal by Drew FarnsworthStephen Jinneman netted a golden goal on a header in the 93rd minute to complete the comeback.

DEAN’S POINTS...Anthony Dean has recorded a goal or assist in all eight games of 2017…tied with former Viking Paul Nissley (2002) for most consecutive games with a point recorded in program history (since year 2000)…GNAC record for consecutive games with a point is 12 for one season and 15 straight games spanning two seasons by Sam Charles of MSU Billings…Dean leads GNAC in points (19) and goals (8)…has a goal in six of eight games with two multi-goal games…ranks tied for 8th nationally and 3rd in the West Region in total points…ranks in a tie for 10th nationally in total goals as well as tied for 7th in goals per game average (1.00) and 7th in points per game average (2.38).

HOME SWEET HOME...WWU will play four consecutive home games beginning with the Seattle Pacific match on Thursday night…overall, 8 of first 12 games of season are at home…Vikings went 7-1-1 at Harrington Field in 2016 and are 1-2-1 at home in 2017.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • To the Tournament – WWU earned the program’s first-ever NCAA II Tournament berth in 2016, advancing to the second round of the tournament.
  • GNAC Preseason Poll – The Vikings were picked to place 2nd by the 2017 GNAC Preseason Coaches Poll.
  • The Opponents – Seattle Pacific (6-2-1, 2-1-1) picked up wins at MSU Billings (2-1) and Northwest Nazarene (4-1) last week to remain undefeated on the road…Northwest Nazarene (4-4-0, 1-2-0) topped Saint Martin’s (2-1) before falling to Seattle Pacific (4-1) last week.
  • Unbeaten Streak – WWU is unbeaten in its last six games with a three-game win streak…best unbeaten streak since a seven-game streak spanning end of regular season and beginning of postseason last year.
  • Balanced Attack – Eight players have scored a goal for WWU in 2017…five players have 2 or more goals…Garrett Strawn has a goal and 3 assists in his last two games, Stephen Jinneman has 2 goals and an assist over his last three games.
  • Offensive Opportunities– The Vikings rank 2nd in the GNAC and 18th nationally in shots per game (17.25) with 138 total shots…rank 2nd GNAC with 59 corner kicks (7.38/game).
  • Coach Brisbon – WWU head coach Greg Brisbon is in his 5th season as head coach of the WWU men’s soccer program…directed the Vikings to a 38-29-13 record as head coach…spent previous 12 years as the Vikings assistant coach, eight as the associate head coach…led the Vikings to their first NCAA II Tournament appearance and first postseason victory in 2016 with a 10-5-4 record...named GNAC co-Coach of the Year in 2016.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS….

3
Consecutive wins for the Vikings to begin the GNAC schedule.

10
Goals scored by WWU in its last three games, scoring at least 3 goals in each game.

19
Points (8 goals, 3 assists) for senior forward Anthony Dean, with a goal or assist in each game, to lead the GNAC in points and goals.

59
Corner kicks taken by WWU through eight games to rank 2nd in the GNAC.

17.25
Shots per game average for the Vikings, which ranks 2nd in the GNAC and 18th nationally.

SERIES HISTORY…here is a look at the all-time series history between WWU and its opponents this week:

Seattle Pacific → Seattle Pacific leads all-time series 47-15-9…the teams tied during both matchups last season and WWU won with a come-from-behind 3-2 victory in overtime during the first 2017 meeting on Sept. 23....the Falcons are 4-0-0 on the road this season…won four of first five games to start the year…Seattle Pacific is 2-1-1 in its last four games.

Northwest Nazarene → WWU leads all-time series 15-6-1…the home team won each matchup last season…Crusaders won three of their first four games to begin season….Northwest Nazarene is 1-3-0 over its last four games.

NOT OVER UNTIL OVERTIME…the Vikings have been to overtime in five of eight games in 2017…played seven games that went to overtime during the 2016 campaign, including a stretch of four consecutive games that went to overtime as part of five overtime games within a six-game span during last season…went 2-1-4 in overtime games last year, tying the school record for ties in a season…WWU is 1-2-2 in overtime games during 2017.

GNAC/RED LION TEAM OF THE WEEK…WWU was selected as GNAC/Red Lion Team of the Week following the opening week of conference play on Sept. 25…Vikings were one of two teams at 2-0-0 in conference play after the first week of conference action…one conference team amongst all conference sports is chosen as the GNAC/Red Lion Team of the Week at the end of each week.

FARNSWORTH HONOREDDrew Farnsworth was named the GNAC Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 25…scored twice during the week with a goal in each game…netted his first collegiate goal in the 60th minute for a 2-0 lead against Saint Martin’s and had the equalizing goal during the 87th minute to help force overtime at Seattle Pacific.

QUICK FACTS…WWU went 10-5-4 overall in 2016 and 6-3-3 in the GNAC…returns 10 starters and 18 letter winners from­­­ last year’s squad…will be replacing two starters…returns NSCAA 2016 All-West Region Third Team honorees Anthony Dean and Tyler Visten, both All-GNAC Second Team selections as well…also returns First Team All-GNAC choice Luke Olney and honorable mention pick Jeremiah Lee...2017 squad features seven seniors, five juniors, seven sophomores and nine freshmen.

2016 SEASON IN REVIEW…the Vikings earned program’s first-ever berth into the NCAA Division II Tournament as the No. 6 seed in the West Region…also earned the program’s first-ever NCAA Division II Tournament win with a 3-2 (OT) victory against third-seeded Dixie State in the opening round…fell 2-0 to second-seeded UC San Diego in the second round of the NCAA Tournament…finished in a tie for 2nd in the GNAC with a 10-5-4 overall record 6-3-3 record in GNAC play…concluded the season with a 7-1-1 record at Harrington Field and a 2-4-3 record on the road...1-0-0 neutral site record…also tied 4 times to tie the school record for ties in a season.

GNAC COACHES POLL…WWU enters the season picked to finish 2nd by the GNAC Preseason Coaches Poll…finished tied for 2nd last season to post the program’s highest GNAC finish since 2009…defending conference champion Simon Fraser was picked to repeat at conference champion, receiving all seven first-place votes…MSU Billings (3rd), Northwest Nazarene (4th), Seattle Pacific (5th), Saint Martin’s (6th) and Concordia (7th) followed the Vikings in the preseason poll. 

GNAC STANDINGS…here is a look at the updated GNAC standings through games on Sept. 30…Vikings are lone GNAC team without a tie or loss in the conference schedule.

Standings

GNAC

Pts.

Pct.

GF

GA

Overall

Pts.

Pct.

GF

GA

Home

Away

Neutral

Last 10

Streak

Western Washington

3-0-0

9

1.000

10

6

4-2-2

14

.625

19

16

1-2-1

3-0-1

0-0-0

4-2-2

W3

MSU Billings

3-1-0

9

.750

11

6

5-5-0

15

.500

20

23

3-3-0

1-1-0

1-1-0

5-5-0

W1

Seattle Pacific

2-1-1

7

.625

9

6

6-2-1

19

.722

21

13

2-2-1

4-0-0

0-0-0

6-2-1

W2

Simon Fraser

1-1-1

4

.500

8

5

5-1-2

17

.750

21

7

3-0-0

0-1-2

2-0-0

5-1-2

T1

Northwest Nazarene

1-2-0

3

.333

5

8

4-4-0

12

.500

12

16

1-2-0

3-1-0

0-1-0

4-4-0

L1

Concordia (Ore.)

1-2-0

3

.333

6

9

2-5-1

7

.312

10

18

2-2-0

0-3-0

0-0-0

2-5-1

L1

Saint Martin's

0-4-0

0

.000

5

14

0-10-0

0

.000

11

29

0-1-0

0-7-0

0-2-0

0-10-0

L10

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