Oct. 7, 2002
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -
Forward Ian Weinberg (Sr., Seattle/Garfield) scored with 20 minutes remaining, giving Western Washington University a 2-1 victory over nationally ranked Cal State Dominguez Hills in a non-conference men's soccer game Monday afternoon at Civic Stadium.
The triumph extended Western's unbeaten streak to seven games, the longest since 1990, as the Vikings improved to 8-3-1.
CSUDH, ranked No.5 in the NSCAA/NCAA Division II National Poll released today, fell to 10-2-1, suffering a second straight loss for the first time since 1999. The Toros placed second at the NCAA II National Championship last year after winning the national title in 2000.
After a scoreless first half, the two teams combined for three goals in a 10-minute span of the second half. Western opened the scoring in the 61st minute, as midfielder Ian McLeod (So., Mercer Island) dribbled down the right side and fed forward David Hileman (Jr., Pasco), who found the net from 12 yards out for his second goal of the year.
CSUDH tied the game a little less than five minutes later, as forward Eduardo Serrano scored his 10th goal of the season, beating two Western defenders to a pass from Juventino Morfin and scoring from 15 yards.
But the Vikings got the game-winner barely four minutes after that, as Weinberg stole a ball just outside the top of the penalty area then hit a low shot into the right corner of the net from 16 yards for his fourth goal of the year.
"Our guys played awesome," said Western coach Travis Connell. "Ian was all over the field, he wasn't going to let us lose this game."
The Toros, who had a 20-11 edge in shot attempts, had seven of those shots after Weinberg's goal, with the best opportunity coming as Victor Guerrero fired inches wide of the post with six minutes left.
Goalkeeper Ben Dragavon (Fr., Monroe) had nine saves for the Vikings.
"We've played well, especially at home," said Connell. "But we really haven't had a substantial win. This was our first win against a highly ranked team in our region. We need wins like this to get into the playoffs. This opens the door for us, and we've never been this far into the season still having a chance."
Western closes out a stretch of seven straight home games, entertaining NAIA No.13 Simon Fraser University (7-2-0) on Saturday (7 p.m.).