WWU riding six-game unbeaten streak, longest since 2007
Oct. 8, 2013
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Riding a six-game unbeaten streak (3-0-3), its longest since 2007, the Western Washington University men's soccer team travels to nationally No.9-ranked Simon Fraser on Saturday, Oct. 12 (7:30 p.m.) for a Great Northwest Athletic Conference contest.
The Vikings, 5-2-3 overall, are third in the league standings at 3-0-3. Simon Fraser, which has won the last three GNAC titles and reached the NCAA Division II national semifinals last season, leads the league at 5-1-0. Seattle Pacific second at 4-0-2.
WWU's longest unbeaten stretch prior to this season came in 2007 when it won eight straight games.
The Vikings, who are looking for their first post-season appearance since 1997, began a stretch of five road games last week with two overtime ties against Saint Martin's 0-0 and Seattle Pacific 1-1. Their six-game unbeaten string started with a 2-1 win at Northwest Nazarene and a 0-0 tie at Montana State Billings, followed by two home victories, 3-1 against U-Mary and 2-1 versus South Dakota Mines.
Defender Troy McCarty (Fr., Snohomish) scored WWU's only goal last week in the 24th minute at Seattle Pacific, giving the Vikings a 1-0 lead. It was his fourth goal of the season, second on the squad. Getting his conference leading fourth assist on the play was Jeremy Wentzel (So., Edmonds/Edmonds-Woodway).
Forward Andrew Weishaar (Sr., Snohomish) leads WWU and is second among GNAC leaders in both goals with six and points with 14. His 22 career goals rank eighth among WWU leaders. He needs one more to move into a tie for seventh place.
WWU ranks second in the league in goals against average at 0.84. Goalkeeper Keegan Rogers (Jr., Portland, OR/Portland Christian) has a 0.82 GAA with 39 saves in nine games. He made 12 stops in the two ties last week.
Simon Fraser, which was ranked No.1 nationally for the first four weeks of the season, is 9-1-0 overall, its only loss coming at Seattle Pacific, 2-1, last Thursday. The Clan holds a 34-14-4 series advantage over WWU, being unbeaten (7-0-1) in the last eight meetings. The tie was 2-2 at Bellingham in 2011.
The Vikings are directed by Greg Brisbon, who is in his first year as head coach at WWU after being the Vikings' top assistant for 12 of the last 13 seasons.
Earlier this season, McCarty earned GNAC Defensive Player of the Week honors and Weishaar took Offensive POW honors.
NOTES: WWU's record for consecutive overtime games is three, which occurred in 1984 ... The Vikings play their last five regular-season games this season at home.
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
2013 Men's Soccer Report Week 5 (Oct. 8, 2013)
Conference All W L T GF GA Pts W L T GF GA
LAST WEEK: Thursday - South Dakota Mines 2 at Montana State Billings 4; Western Washington 0 at Saint Martin's 0 (ot); Mary 0 at Northwest Nazarene 4; Simon Fraser 1 at Seattle Pacific 2 Saturday - Mary 0 at Montana State Billings 1; South Dakota Mines 0 at Northwest Nazarene 3; Simon Fraser 2 at Saint Martin's 1; Western Washington 1 at Seattle Pacific 1.
THIS WEEK: Saturday - Northwest Nazarene at Montana State Billings, 1 p.m.; South Dakota Mines at Mary, 3:30 p.m.; Saint Martin's at Seattle Pacific, 4:30 p.m.; Western Washington at Simon Fraser, 7:30 p.m.
POLLS: NSCAA NATIONAL (Oct. 8) - 9. Simon Fraser NSCAA West Region (Oct. 8) - 2. Simon Fraser 5. Seattle Pacific.
NATIONAL STATISTICS (TOP 30):
TEAM: Scoring Offense - 2. SFU (3.5) Total Goals - 1. SFU (35) Goals-Against Avg. - 19. SPU (.74) 27. WWU (.84) W-L-T Pct. - 5. SFU (.900) 27. SPU (.778) Assists/Gm. - 8. SFU (2.5) Saves/Gm. - 3. SDSMT (7.0) Points/Gm. - 3. SFU (9.5) Save Pct. - 26. WWU (.827) Total Assists - 4. SFU (25) Total Points - 2. SFU (95).
INDIVIDUAL: Points/Gm. - 14. Fredy Razo, NNU (2.25) Total Points - 16. Fredy Razo, NNU (18) Goals/Gm. - 8. Fredy Razo, NNU (1.0) Total Goals - 11. Fredy Razo, NNU (8) Goals-Against Avg. - 20. Cody Lang, SPU (.741) Save Pct. - 25. Keegan Rogers, WWU (.830) Saves/Gm. - 1. Timothy Tribbett, SDSMT (6.89) Total Saves - 6. Timothy Tribbet, SDSMT (62).
RED LION PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Offense - Fredy Razo (F, 5-10, Jr., Irvine, CA - Irvine Valley) of NNU scored in each of the Crusaders' victories and contributed a pair of assists as well as NNU picked up six points and moved into fourth place in the GNAC standings. Razo sandwiched a goal against Mary on Thursday with a pair of assists as the Crusaders rolled to a 4-0 triumph. On Saturday against South Dakota Mines, Razo scored the first of three NNU goals with a tally in the 15th minute of the 3-0 win. Razo leads the GNAC with eight goals this season, and he has scored in every game that he has played in thus far.
Defense - Michael Aringer (D, 6-2, Jr., Passau, Germany - Passau) of MSU Billings played all 180 minutes on the back line last week, and scored the game-winning goal in the Yellowjackets' first win of the season on Thursday. Aringer followed his effort on Thursday with another solid performance on Saturday as MSU Billings shut out the University of Mary 1-0 and earned six points last week. Both of the shots Aringer took last week landed on target as the junior defender was efficient offensively and outstanding defensively in earning Red Lion Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Honorable Mention - Keegan Rogers (GK, 6-1, Jr., Portland, OR - Portland Christian) of WWU made a dozen saves in 210 minutes as the Vikings battled to a pair of tough draws last week...Andrew Weishaar (F, 6-1, Sr., Puyallup, WA - Puyallup) of WWU led the Vikings with 11 shots, but could not find a goal to grab a victory...Haley Klarich (D, 5-11, So., Helena, MT - Helena) of MSUB led the conference with three goals last week, as the Yellowjackets picked up their first two wins of 2013...Eric Owen (GK, 6-2, Jr., Tacoma, WA - Stadium) of SMU made six saves in place of injured goalkeeper JJ Olson (GK, 5-11, Jr., Lakeville, MN - Shattuck - St. Mary's), as the Saints battled WWU to a scoreless draw and pushed SFU to the limit in a 2-1 loss...Daniel Day (D, 5-11, Jr., Salem, OR - Chemeketa) of NNU anchored the Crusaders' back line for 180 minutes in a pair of shutout victories...Danny Olivas (M, 6-1, So., Phoenix, AZ - O'Connor) of SPU scored the game-winning goal in the 79th minute of the Falcons' upset of No. 1 Simon Fraser...Bryson Pavel (D, 6-0, So., Boise, ID - Boise) of SPU played 180 solid minutes; 90 against SFU and he scored the game-tying goal against WWU in Saturday's 1-1 draw. CLAN CUT SHORT: With a goal in the 79th minute on Thursday, Seattle Pacific ended Simon Fraser's 8-0 start to the 2013 season with a momentum-shifting 2-1 victory in Seattle. The Falcons were outshot 12-10 on the game, but goalkeeper Cody Lang (GK, 6-4, Fr., Spokane, WA - Lewis & Clark) came up huge on five of the Clan's six shots on target to help stymie the top-scoring team in the NCAA. The Falcons' effort earned them GNAC Team of the Week honors, the first soccer team to receive the award in 2013.
STEADY FREDY: Red Lion Offensive Player of the Week Fredy Razo of NNU kept his streak of scoring in every game alive last week, notching a goal in each of the Crusaders' victories. The junior forward also contributed a pair of assists, tying him for the most GNAC points for the week with six.
KLARICH CLUTCH FOR MSUB: Haley Klarich scored twice for MSU Billings on Thursday as the Yellowjackets picked up their first win of 2013, 4-2 over SD Mines. Two days later, the sophomore defender propelled MSUB to victory again as his goal against the University of Mary was enough for the 1-0 victory.
STALEMATE: All WWU had to show after 210 minutes on the pitch last week was two points, as the Vikings battled to two tough overtime draws. Keegan Rogers was instrumental in keeping the Vikings afloat, making five saves against SMU on Thursday and seven more against SPU on Saturday.
SPREADING THE SCORING: Six different NNU players scored seven goals last week, while five provided assists for the Crusaders.
BEND, DON'T BREAK: SPU, WWU and NNU are all in the midst of significant unbeaten streaks, granted each has tied at least once along the way. The Falcons haven't lost since their first game of the season, while the Vikings are unbeaten in GNAC play. NNU's streak of four games without a loss is more modest, but the Crusaders boast the longest current GNAC winning streak with three straight victories.
TIGHT AT THE TOP: The top five teams in the GNAC standings are separated by just five points, as each has a double-digit figure through the first half of conference play. Additionally, NNU has the most momentum of the five, having won three in a row.
MIDWAY THROUGH: Nearly halfway through the conference schedule, Razo is building his reputation as one of the premiere goal scorers in the GNAC. With eight goals and two assists, his 18 points are the most in the conference thus far.
DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORERS: Joining Razo in the double-digit scoring department are Andrew Weishaar of WWU and Colin Jacques (F, 5-10, So., Richmond, BC - R.A. McMath) of SFU who have 14 total points each, and Glenn Paden (F, 6-0, Jr., Lake Forest, WA - Oregon State) of SFU with 10 points. Weishaar's six goals are the second most in the GNAC, while the duo of Clan attackers are tied for third with five goals apiece.
SECOND FIDDLE: No one has been more efficient at distributing the ball than Jaime Torres (M, 5-8, Sr., Pomona, CA - Mt. San Antonio College) of NNU, whose average of .44 assists per game is the best mark in the conference. Torres has twice assisted on Razo goals, while his three-assist effort last week contributed to his league-leading total. Jeremy Wentzel (D, 5-5, So., Edmonds, WA - Shoreline) of WWU and Jacques of SFU also have four assists each, through 10 games played.
FRESHMAN FOR THE WIN: SPU freshman striker Stephen MacDonald (F, 6-2, Fr., Phoenix, AZ - O'Connor) has scored three game-winning goals this season, the highest total across the conference.
GNAC TEAM OF THE WEEK: Sept. 2-8 - Simon Fraser (Football) Sept. 9-15 - Northwest Nazarene (Volleyball) Sept. 16-22 - MSU Billings (Men's XC) and Simon Fraser (Women's XC) Sept. 23-29 - Western Oregon (Football) Sept. 30 - Oct. 6 - Seattle Pacific (Men's Soccer).
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