WWU begins season-ending string of five road games
Oct. 16, 2012
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Beginning a season-ending five-game road string, the Western Washington University men's soccer team travels to Montana State Billings on Thursday (3:30 p.m.), Oct. 18, and Northwest Nazarene on Saturday (3 p.m.), Oct. 20, for Great Northwest Athletic Conference contests.
The Vikings, 5-6-2 overall and 3-4-2 in league action, are 0-4-0 on the road this season, being outscored 9-3.
WWU finished 5-2-2 at home, the two losses being to nationally top 10 ranked teams - 1-0 to No.3 Seattle Pacific on Sept. 29 and 2-1 to No.7 Simon Fraser on Oct. 6.
Last week, the Vikings completed a five-game home stand with a 0-0 tie to Sioux Falls and a 4-0 win over U-Mary.
Forward Andrew Weishaar (Jr., Puyallup) scored a goal and had an assist in the Vikings' victory over U-Mary. That gave him four goals and two assists this season.
Freshman defender Kurtis Pederson (Puyallup/Bellarmine Prep) was named Red Lion/GNAC Defensive Player of the Week for his play in WWU's early season wins over Hawaii Pacific and Dixie State.
MSUB is 7-4-1 overall (1-0-1 at home) and 4-4-1 in league play. WWU edged the Yellowjackets, 2-1, at Bellingham on Sept. 15 and holds a 14-4-0 series advantage.
NNU, which hosts Simon Fraser on Thursday, is unbeaten in its last 10 games (7-0-3). The Crusaders, who trail in the series, 10-2-1, are 7-2-4 overall (2-0-1 at home) and 6-0-3 in conference action. They tied WWU, 0-0 in overtime, at Bellingham on Sept. 13.
The Vikings' Travis Connell (14th year, 122-121-17) is the school's winningest coach in both men's and women's soccer. His women's record is 114-57-19 in 10 seasons.
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
2012 Men's Soccer Report Week 7 (Oct. 16, 2012)
Conference All W L T GF GA Pts W L T GF GA Simon Fraser 8 1 0 35 7 24 12 1 0 53 10 Northwest Nazarene 6 0 3 13 4 21 7 2 4 16 9 Seattle Pacific 5 1 3 15 10 18 9 1 3 25 14 MSU Billings 4 4 1 11 10 13 7 4 1 18 13 Western Washington 3 4 2 13 10 11 5 6 2 16 14 Mary 2 6 1 10 21 7 3 8 2 15 34 Sioux Falls 1 6 2 8 22 5 1 9 2 11 35 Saint Martin's 1 8 0 9 30 3 2 11 0 13 41
LAST WEEK: Thursday - Mary 0 at Simon Fraser 5; MSU Billings 0 at Seattle Pacific 2; Northwest Nazarene 2 at Saint Martin's 1 (2ot); Sioux Falls 0 at Western Washington 0 (2ot). Saturday - Mary 0 at Western Washington 4; MSU Billings 3 at Saint Martin's 1; Northwest Nazarene 0 at Seattle Pacific 0 (2ot); Sioux Falls 0 at Simon Fraser 6.
THIS WEEK: Thursday - Seattle Pacific at Mary, 7 p.m.; Western Washington at MSU Billings, 3:30 p.m.; Simon Fraser at Northwest Nazarene, 5 p.m.; Saint Martin's at Sioux Falls, 7 p.m. Saturday - Saint Martin's at Mary, 7 p.m.; Simon Fraser at MSU Billings, 1 p.m.; Western Washington at Northwest Nazarene, 3 p.m.; Seattle Pacific at Sioux Falls, 7 p.m.
POLLS: NSCAA National (Oct. 16) - 3. Simon Fraser, 9. Seattle Pacific. NSCAA West Region (Oct. 16) - 1. Simon Fraser; 2. Seattle Pacific, 7. Northwest Nazarene.
NCAA NATIONAL STATISTICS (Through Oct. 14): Team (Top 30): Scoring - 1. Simon Fraser 4.08. Total Goals - 1. Simon Fraser 53. Goals Against - 13. Northwest Nazarene 0.64; 21. Simon Fraser 0.77. Shutout PCT. - 11. Northwest Nazarene .538; 28. Seattle Pacific and Simon Fraser .462. Saves - 11. Sioux Falls 6.58; 14. Mary 6.31. Save PCT. - 6. Northwest Nazarene .859. Total Assists - 3. Simon Fraser 40. Total Points - 1. Simon Fraser 146. Individuals (Top 30): Points - 25. Carlo Basso, SFU, 1.85. Total Points - 20. Carlo Basso, SFU, 24; 30. Justin Wallace, SFU, 21. Goals - 21. Carlo Basso, SFU, 0.77. Total Goals - 15. Carlo Basso, SFU, 10. Assists - 6. Alex Rowley, SFU, 0.69; 23. Justin Wallace, SFU, 0.54; 26. Chris Bargholz, SFU, 0.50. Total Assists - 4. Alex Rowley, SFU, 9; 14. Justin Wallace, SFU, 7; 26, Thomas Chameraud, MSUB, 6. Goals Against - 11. Alfredo Ontiveros, NNU, 0.64; 23. Hide Ozawa, SFU, 0.77. Save PCT. - 7. Alfredo Ontiveros, NNU, .857. Saves Per Game -9. Kyle Simons, USF, 6.50; 14. Michael Frenzel, Mary, 6.08. Total Saves - 6. Michael Frenzel, Mary, 79; 7. Kyle Simons, USF, 78.
GNAC RED LION PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Offense - Ryan Dhillon, Simon Fraser (F, 5-10, Fr., North Delta, BC) scored two goals and also earned an assist as the Clan, which came into the games ranked first nationally in scoring, outscored Mary and Sioux Falls by a combined margin of 11-0. The five-point performance earned Dhillon the Red Lion Offensive Player of the Week award.
Defense -- Jon Pearman, Seattle Pacific (D, 6-2, 185, Sr., Glendale, AZ) anchored a defense that did not surrender a goal in two games, covering 200 scoreless minutes. The Falcons limited Montana State Billings to 10 shots in a 2-0 win on Thursday in Seattle. On Saturday Pearman, the Red Lion Defensive Player of the Week, helped SPU limit Northwest Nazarene to seven shots, just two of them on goal, in a scoreless, double-overtime draw.
Honorable Mention - Thomas Chameraud, MSU Billings; Blaine Carver, Seattle Pacific; Chris Voth, Northwest Nazarene; Quante Abbott Hill Smith, Simon Fraser; Alfredo Ontiveros, Northwest Nazarene; Andrew Weishaar, Western Washington; Keegan Rogers, Western Washington.
FASTEST TO 50: Seattle Pacific's 2-0 win Thursday gave Mark Collings his 50th win as head coach of the Falcons. He is the fastest to that figure in SPU history, reaching the 50-win plateau in his 88th game. Including Saturday's tie with Northwest Nazarene, Collings has compiled a 50-26-13 record in five seasons. Legendary coach Cliff McCrath (1970-2007) got his 50th win in his 94th game on the SPU sidelines. McCrath finished with a 512-190-87 record.
STREAKS: Chris Voth scored in the 104th minute as Northwest Nazarene extended its win streak to five with a 2-1 overtime win Thursday at Saint Martin's. NNU outshot SMU 3-1 in the overtime periods. The Crusaders were tied Saturday by Seattle Pacific and will take a 10-game unbeaten streak (7 wins, 3 draws) into Thursday's home game against Simon Fraser, which has won seven straight.
MULTI-GOAL GAMES: Blaine Carver scored two second-half goals - his fifth and sixth of the season - in Seattle Pacific's 2-0 win over MSU Billings. The first goal came in the 59th minute and was the first second half shot by either team ... Thomas Chameraud scored two goals in Montana State Billings' road win at Saint Martin's ... Both Ryan Dhillon and Colby Liston scored twice in Simon Fraser's 6-0 shutout of Sioux Falls. In Thursday's 5-0 win against Mary, Simon Fraser got two assists from Alex Rowley - his 7th and league leading eighth of the season.
SFU SCORING STREAK AT 32 GAMES: Simon Fraser extended its streak of games played with a goal to 32. 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.
SAVES: Alfredo Ontiveros had eight saves as Northwest Nazarene played a pair of double overtime games, defeating Saint Martin's 2-1 before playing to a scoreless deadlock with Seattle Pacific.
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) 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. "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."
Oct. 1-7: 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 that 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.
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). Oct. 8-14 - Simon Fraser (Men's Soccer).
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