WWU plays host to Sioux Falls on Thursday and U-Mary on Saturday
Oct. 9, 2012
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - The Western Washington University men's soccer team completes a five-game home stand this weekend, entertaining Sioux Falls SD on Thursday (7:30 p.m.), Oct. 11, and Mary ND on Saturday (7 p.m.), Oct. 13, in Great Northwest Athletic Conference action at Orca Field on the Whatcom CC campus.
The Vikings, 4-6-1 overall and 2-4-1 in league action, are 4-2-1 at home this season. Their two home losses, both in their last two outings, were to nationally top 10 ranked teams, 1-0 to No.3 Seattle Pacific on Sept. 29 and 2-1 to GNAC-leading and No.7 Simon Fraser on Oct. 6.
This week's contests will be the Vikings' last at home this season and the final ones for four WWU seniors. They are midfielder Sujinda Dangvan (Vancouver/Mountain View), defender Bryan Hall (Tacoma/Stadium), defender Jake Jorgensen (Bellingham/Meridian) and forward Justin Moore (Port Orchard/South Kitsap).
Dangvan and Moore have each scored a team-leading four goals.
Forward Andrew Weishaar (Jr., Puyallup), who gave the Vikings a 1-0 lead early in last Saturday's game with Simon Fraser, has three goals.
Sophomore goalkeeper Keegan Rogers (So., Portland, OR/Portland Christian) has three shutouts and a 1.25 goals against average with 36 saves in 1,010 minutes.
Pederson was named Red Lion/GNAC Defensive Player of the Week for his play in WWU's wins over Hawaii Pacific and Dixie State.
Sioux Falls 1-8-1 overall and 1-5-1 in league play. U-Mary, which is at Simon Fraser on Thursday, is 3-6-2 overall and 2-4-1 in GNAC action.
WWU lost to both Sioux Falls (3-1) and U-Mary (2-1) in September road games. The meeting with Sioux Falls was the first for both schools and the Vikings hold a 2-1-1series advantage over U-Mary.
The Vikings' Travis Connell (14th year, 121-121-16) is the school's winningest coach in both men's and women's soccer. His women's record is 112-57-19 in 10 seasons.
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
2012 Men's Soccer Report Week 6 (Oct. 9, 2012)
LAST WEEK: Saturday - Mary 1 at Sioux Falls 1 (2ot); MSU Billings 0 at Northwest Nazarene 1; Seattle Pacific 5 at Saint Martin's 3; Simon Fraser 2 at Western Washington 1.
THIS WEEK: Thursday - Mary at Simon Fraser, 5 p.m.; MSU Billings at Seattle Pacific, 4:30 p.m.; Northwest Nazarene at Saint Martin's, 3 p.m.; Sioux Falls at Western Washington, 7:30 p.m. Saturday - Mary at Western Washington, 7 p.m.; MSU Billings at Saint Martin's, 1 p.m.; Northwest Nazarene at Seattle Pacific, 7 p.m.; Sioux Falls at Simon Fraser, 3:30 p.m.
POLLS: NSCAA National (Oct. 9) - 4. Simon Fraser, 9. Seattle Pacific. NSCAA West Region (Oct. 9) - 1. Simon Fraser; 2. Seattle Pacific, 9. Northwest Nazarene.
NCAA NATIONAL STATISTICS (Through Oct. 7): Team (Top 30): Scoring - 1. Simon Fraser 3.82. Total Goals - 1. Simon Fraser 42. Goals Against - 15. Northwest Nazarene 0.69. Shutout PCT. - 13. Northwest Nazarene .555. Saves - 10. Sioux Falls 6.60; 14. Mary 6.45; 20. Saint Martin's 6.00. Save PCT. - 9. Northwest Nazarene .852. Total Assists - 3. Simon Fraser 31. Total Points - 1. Simon Fraser 115. Individuals (Top 30): Points - 20. Carlo Basso, SFU, 1.91. Total Points - 18. Carlo Basso, SFU, 21. Goals - 20. Carlo Basso, SFU, 0.82. Total Goals - 14. Carlo Basso, SFU, 9. Assists - 12. Alex Rowley, SFU, 0.64; 17. Thomas Chameraud, MSUB, 0.60; 21. Justin Wallace, SFU, 0.55; 29. Chris Bargholz, SFU, 0.50. Total Assists - 9. Alex Rowley, SFU, 7; 15. Thomas Chameraud, MSUB, and Justin Wallace, SFU, 6. Goals Against - 14. Alfredo Ontiveros, NNU, 0.69 Save PCT. - 10. Alfredo Ontiveros, NNU, .852. Saves Per Game -10. Kyle Simons, USF, 6.50; 12. Michael Frenzel, Mary, 6.36. Total Saves - 5. Michael Frenzel, Mary, 70; 13. Kyle Simons, USF, 65.
GNAC RED LION PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Offense - Kyle Smurdon, Seattle Pacific (F, 6-2, Sr., Sherwood, OR) came off the bench to score his first two goals of the season leading the Falcons to a 5-3 road win at Saint Martin's.
Defense - Sal Sanchez, Northwest Nazarene (M, 5-11, Sr., Ontario, OR) set up the game's only goal with a cross to Evan McNiel and also spearheaded the Crusader defense in a 1-0 win over Montana State Billings as NNU completed the first half of the conference season unbeaten (5-0-2). After taking a cleat to the head which required 10 stitches following the game, Sanchez came back into the contest to lead NNU to its sixth shutout of the season, including five in their last eight contests.
QUOTABLE: "Sal is a warrior and a leader by example who will do anything you ask of him," NNU coach Coe Michaelson said. "It's absolutely typical of him to create a goal, take a nasty gash on the head and then not only return to the game, but play out of position in the back because the team needed him there. Sal has huge respect from everyone here...coaches, teammates, professors, and I think you saw why he is a captain Saturday."
Honorable Mention - Ryan Dhillon, Simon Fraser; Adam Staschuk, Simon Fraser; Kyle Simons, Sioux Falls.
CLAN EXTEND WIN STREAK TO FIVE, AGAIN: Simon Fraser got the game-winning goal from Ryan Dhillon in the 73rd minute and a standout defensive performance from Adam Staschuk as it ran its win streak to five with a 2-1 win at Western Washington Saturday. It's the second five-game win streak of the season for SFU.
QUOTABLE: "Adam Staschuk came into the match against WWU early on Saturday and was the stabilizing defensive rock that our midfield required to solidify our defensive efforts," SFU coach Alan Koch said. "This gave us the platform for our other players to attack and claw us back into the match and on to the victory. His work-rate is second-to-none and he had a fantastic week."
AROUND THE GNAC: Saint Martin's got goals from Nate Barber, Brandon Scott and Matt Olson and led Seattle Pacific 3-2 before the Falcons rallied for three-second half goals. SPU took the lead 4-3 in the 71st minute on an "own goal" before Smurdon provided the clincher on a breakaway at 87:31 ... Western Washington led Simon Fraser 1-0 at halftime on a goal by Andrew Weishaar before the Clan rallied for second-half goals by Justin Wallace (his sixth of the season) and Dhillon, his third. . .Sioux Falls' Kyle Simons had seven saves and Mary's Michael Frenzel had five as their teams battled to a 1-1 standoff. Both goals - by USF's Ryan Keohane and UM's Rory Pratt - came off free kicks.
SFU SCORING STREAK AT 30 GAMES: Simon Fraser extended its streak of games played with a goal to 30. It's the longest streak in GNAC history. The old record of 27 was set by Seattle University between Aug. 26, 2004 and Sept. 1, 2005. The last time the Clan was shutout was in a 1-0 NAIA playoff loss to Great Falls on Nov. 21, 2010. The last time it was shutout in the regular-season was on Nov. 4, 2010 when Seattle Pacific blanked SFU 4-0.
PREVIOUS RED LION PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Week of Aug. 27-Sept. 2: Offense - Danny Olivas, Seattle Pacific (F, 6-1, Fr., Phoenix, AZ - O'Connor) scored the game-winning goal on a 20-yard free kick in the Falcons' 3-1 win over 23rd ranked Chico State and also earned an assist on Blaine Carver's game-winner Thursday in a 4-2 victory at Notre Dame de Namur as the Falcons opened their season with two wins for the first time since 2002. Defense - Michael Winter, Simon Fraser (D, 5-11, Sr., Vancouver, BC - Capilano) led the Clan defense that posted two shutouts and held Thompson Rivers and Vancouver Island to a total of 11 shots in two victories. Winter also scored a goal as SFU outscored its two opponents by a 9-0 count.
Week of Sept. 3-9: Offense - Lucas Ferritto, Simon Fraser (F, 5-5, Jr., Hamilton, ON - St. Jean De Brebeuf) scored a pair of game-winning goals including one at 75:01 to snap a 2-2 tie in the Clan's 3-2 win over Hawaii Pacific Sunday as the Clan extended their two-season unbeaten streak to 23 games. Ferritto also had the game-winner in Friday's 6-1 home win against Azusa Pacific. Defense - Kurtis Pederson, Western Washington (D, 6-1, 180, Fr., Puyallup, WA) keyed the Viking defense that helped produce 1-0 shutout victories over Hawaii Pacific and Dixie State forcing goalkeeper Keegan Rogers to make just five saves. "Kurtis played two complete games," WWU coach Travis Connell said. "He defended well, was dominant in the air and consistently put our attack on the right foot with his distribution out of the back."
Week of Sept. 10-16: Offense - Christopher Morris, Seattle Pacific (M, 6-0, Sr., Mercer Island, WA) is the Red Lion Offensive Player of the Week. Morris contributed two goals and an assist as the Falcons equaled their best start (6-0) in school history with three victories, including 2-0 and 3-1 conference wins against Sioux Falls and the University of Mary. He had the game-winning goal against USF, then scored the first goal and had an assist on the third goal against the Marauders. Defense - Stephan Marshall, Northwest Nazarene (D, 5-10, 5-10, Sr., Palm Springs, CA - Cal Poly SLO) keyed the Crusader defense as NNU earned four road points by playing Western Washington to a scoreless tie, then beating 12th ranked Simon Fraser 2-1 snapping the Clan's GNAC-record tying 24-game unbeaten streak. That performance earned Marshall Red Lion Defensive Player of the Week accolades. It also helped secure the Crusaders the GNAC Team of the Week award. "Marshall showed this weekend why he is one of the best defenders in our region," NNU coach Coe Michaelson said. "His leadership and ability to read the game are second to none."
Week of Sept. 17-23: Offense - Brice Holliday, Sioux Falls (F, 5-11, Sr., Colorado Springs, CO - Coronado) scored all three of his team's goals as the Cougars defeated Western Washington to snap a six-game losing streak and earn their first victory as a NCAA Division II member school. Defense - Conner Moe, Montana State Billings (D, 6-1, 185, Sr., Snohomish, WA - Bellevue CC) led the Yellowjacket defense to a 3-0 shutout of Saint Martin's and a 1-1 draw with Seattle Pacific. Moe was especially instrumental in leading MSUB in the late minutes of the second half and both overtime periods against the Falcons.
Week of Sept. 24-30: Offense - Justin Wallace, Simon Fraser (M, 5-11, Jr., Kamloops, BC - Thompson Rivers) scored two goals and had four assists as the Clan had a pair of dominating performances in beating third-ranked Seattle Pacific 5-1 and Saint Martin's 6-0. Against the Falcons, Wallace earned assists on SFU's first two goals and scored the third in the 29th minute as the Clan bolted to an early 3-0 lead. Against Saint Martin's he earned assists on the Clan's fourth and fifth goals before completing the scoring with an unassisted goal in the 61st minute. "Justin was brilliant against SPU," SFU coach Alan Koch said. "He was a constant offensive threat and a big part of why our offense exploded against the No. 3 team in the nation. He continued an impressive week with a great strike against SMU. He is starting to find his stride and is thoroughly deserving of this honor." Defense - Matt Besuschko, Simon Fraser (M, 5-10, Sr., Port Moody, BC) led the Clan defense which limited its opponents to just 16 shots in two lopsided wins and also scored a goal. "Matt anchored our defense to two key victories," Koch said. "He fought through illness to help us contain an excellent SPU attack, and he was the leader of a back 4 against SMU that limited them to very few opportunities. It was also nice to see him go forward and score an excellent goal."
GNAC TEAMS OF THE WEEK: Aug. 27-Sept. 2 - Montana State Billings (Women's Soccer). Sept. 3-9 - Western Washington (Volleyball). Sept. 10-16 - Northwest Nazarene (Men's Soccer). Sept. 17-23 - Central Washington (Volleyball). Sept. 24-30 - Central Washington (Football). Oct. 1-7 - Western Oregon (Women's Soccer).
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