Tyler Visten Named GNAC Defensive Player of the Week

Oct. 9, 2017

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Western Washington University senior goalkeeper Tyler Visten has been named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week, announced Monday by the conference office.

Visten (Mount Vernon, WA/Skagit Valley College) recorded consecutive shutouts as WWU went 1-0-1 during the week to remain unbeaten in conference play, topping Seattle Pacific, 2-0, last Thursday and playing to a 0-0 tie after double overtime against Northwest Nazarene last Saturday. 

Against the Falcons, Visten posted his second-highest save total of the season with 5 saves as the Vikings earned their first shutout of the season and became the first team to hold Seattle Pacific without a goal in 2017. Visten made 4 saves against the Crusaders last Saturday as the WWU defense held Northwest Nazarene scoreless over 110 minutes of play in a double overtime draw.

For the week, Visten led the GNAC with 9 total saves against 10 shots on goal. His consecutive shutouts during the week brought his career shutout total to 12, which ranks tied for 4th in program history.

He ranks 3rd in the GNAC on the season with a 1.46 goals-against average and 5th with 31 total saves. His clean sheets recorded during the past week put him in a tie for 2nd in the conference for shutouts on the season.

Visten, who has played every minute of every game this season, was named the GNAC Defensive Player of the Week for the second time in his career after previously earning the distinction after the first week of the 2016 season. He joins freshman forward Drew Farnsworth (Auckland, New Zealand/Westlake Boys) as Vikings to be honored with a GNAC weekly award during the 2017 campaign. Farnsworth was named the GNAC Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 25.

WWU, unbeaten in its last 8 games, is 5-2-3 overall and 4-0-1 in GNAC action, leading the conference standings with 13 points. The Vikings continue a four-game home stand during the week, hosting Montana State Billings on Thursday (7 pm) and No. 22 Simon Fraser on Saturday (7 pm).

Follow all of WWU’s games during the season via webcast and live stats at WWUVikings.com/Live.


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