WWU to Host MSU Billings, No. 16 Simon Fraser

Oct. 11, 2017

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THIS WEEK IN WWU MEN’S SOCCER

Thursday, October 12

Live Coverage

Montana State Billings    7 pm  ●  Harrington Field

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Saturday, October 14

Live Coverage

No. 16 Simon Fraser  ●  7 pm  ●  Harrington Field

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WHAT’S HAPPENING…the Western Washington University men’s soccer team (5-2-3, 4-0-1 GNAC) hosts Montana State Billings and No. 16 Simon Fraser this week…Vikings are unbeaten over their last eight games and atop the GNAC standings with 13 points…WWU concludes a four-game home stand this week before playing next four games on the road.

LAST WEEK…the Vikings hosted Seattle Pacific and Northwest Nazarene last week, defeating the Falcons, 2-0, and playing to a 0-0 double overtime tie against Northwest Nazarene…Christian Rotter (49’) and Stephen Jinneman (65’) scored goals against Seattle Pacific as WWU won its fourth consecutive game…Vikings were held scoreless last Saturday against the Crusaders for the first time since Nov. 13, 2016 and played to a 0-0 tie for the first time since Sept. 3, 2016.

UNBEATEN STREAKS…WWU is unbeaten in its last eight games (5-0-3) and 4-0-1 in its last five games since beginning the GNAC schedule…only two losses in 2017 have been overtime losses…Vikings are also unbeaten in their last 11 GNAC games spanning the 2016 and 2017 seasons with a 9-0-2 record in conference play during the stretch…won nine consecutive conference games from Oct. 20 of last season through Oct. 5 of current season.  
VISTEN HONORED...Tyler Visten was named the GNAC Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after posting consecutive shutouts and leading the conference with 9 saves during the week…Visten has 12 career shutouts to rank in a tie for 4th in program history in the category…for the season, he ranks 3rd in the GNAC with a 1.46 goals-against average…WWU defense has not allowed a goal in last 206:21 minutes of play.

HOME SWEET HOME...WWU continues a stretch of four consecutive games at home this week…overall, 8 of first 12 games of season are at home…Vikings went 7-1-1 at Harrington Field in 2016 and are 2-2-2 at home in 2017.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • GNAC Standings – The Vikings are the lone conference school without a loss in conference action through five games of the conference schedule and are atop the standings at 4-0-1 (13 points).
  • Regionally Ranked – WWU is ranked No. 10 in the most recent United Soccer Coaches West Region poll.
  • The Opponents – Montana State Billings (5-6-0, 3-2-0 GNAC) played one game last week, falling at then No. 22 Simon Fraser, 1-0…after starting season 0-4-0, ‘Jackets are 5-0-2 over last seven games…No. 16 Simon Fraser (7-1-2, 3-1-1 GNAC) picked up wins over Northwest Nazarene (3-1) and Montana State Billings (1-0) last week…the Clan have been ranked as high as No. 2 nationally during the 2017 season.
  • Shutouts – WWU recorded consecutive shutouts last week to post its first two shutouts of the season…Vikings totaled 8 shutouts in 2016 to rank 2nd in the conference…WWU shut out Seattle Pacific last Thursday for the first time since Nov. 6, 2010.
  • Balanced Attack – Eight players have scored a goal for WWU in 2017…six players have 2 or more goals…Anthony Dean leads the conference with 8 goals…Stephen Jinneman ranks 2nd on the team with 3 goals…four players have scored 2 goals apiece.
  • Offensive Opportunities – The Vikings rank 1st in the GNAC and 16th nationally in shots per game (17.20) with 172 total shots…rank 2nd in GNAC and 18th nationally 6.40 corner kicks per game average (64 total)….Anthony Dean ranks 6th nationally with a 4.90 shots per game average as well as tied for 13th with a 2.20 shots on goal per game average.
  • On the Road – After playing 8 of first 12 games at home, the Vikings begin a four-game road trip next week…Vikings are 3-0-1 on the road in 2017.
  • 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.
  • 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 40-29-14 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

22
Shutouts recorded by WWU last week to post first two shutouts of the season.

6
Games played by WWU that have gone to overtime out of 10 total games played in 2017.

12
Career shutouts by senior goalkeeper Tyler Visten to rank in a tie for 4th in program history among career shutout leaders.

17.20
Shots per game average for the Vikings, which leads the GNAC and ranks 16th nationally.

19
Points via 8 goals and 3 assists for senior forward Anthony Dean to lead the GNAC in both categories.

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

  • Montana State Billings → WWU leads all-time series 17-9-1…the teams split the season series last year with the home team winning each matchup…following Thursday’s matchup the teams will play again on Oct. 28 in Montana.
  • Simon Fraser → SFU leads all-time series 37-16-7…WWU tied then No. 3 Simon Fraser, 1-1, in Burnaby last season before topping then No. 3 Simon Fraser, 1-0 at Harrington Field later in the season to hand the Clan their first loss of the year…the defending GNAC champions were picked to defend their title in 2017 and Thursday’s matchup features a battle of the top two teams in the conference standings…WWU will travel to Burnaby later in the season to face Simon Fraser again on Nov. 2.

NOT OVER UNTIL OVERTIME…the Vikings have been to overtime in 6 of 10 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 1-2-3 in overtime games during 2017.

DEAN’S POINTS...Anthony Dean recorded a goal or assist during each of the first eight games of 2017…tied former Viking Paul Nissley (2002) for most consecutive games with a point recorded in program history (since year 2000) …Dean leads GNAC in points (19) and goals (8)…has a goal in six games­ with two multi-goal games…ranks tied for 29th nationally and in total points…ranks in a tie for 27th nationally in total goals as well as tied for 26th in goals per game average (.80) and 23rd in points per game average (1.90)…ranks 6th in shots per game (4.90) and tied for 13th in shots on goal per game (2.20).

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 entered 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 Oct. 11…Vikings are lone GNAC team without a loss in the conference schedule.

Standings

GNAC

Pts.

Pct.

GF

GA

Overall

Pts.

Pct.

GF

GA

Home

Away

Neutral

Last 10

Streak

Western Washington

4-0-1

13

.900

12

6

5-2-3

18

.650

21

16

2-2

3-0

0-0

5-2-3

Tied 1

Simon Fraser

3-1-1

10

.700

12

6

7-1-2

23

.800

25

8

5-0

0-1

2-0

7-1-2

Won 2

Seattle Pacific

3-2-1

10

.583

11

9

6-3-1

19

.650

21

15

1-2

5-1

0-0

6-3-1

Won 1

MSU Billings

3-2-0

9

.600

11

7

5-6-0

15

.455

20

24

3-3

1-2

1-1

5-5-0

Lost 1

Northwest Nazarene

1-3-1

4

.300

6

11

4-5-1

13

.450

13

19

1-2

3-2

0-1

4-5-1

Tied 1

Concordia (Ore.)

1-3-1

4

.300

9

13

2-6-2

8

.300

13

22

2-3

0-3

0-0

2-6-2

Lost 1

Saint Martin's

0-4-1

1

.100

7

16

0-9-1

1

.050

13

31

0-1

0-6

0-2

0-9-1

Tied 1

 

 

 

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