WWU looks to break out of scoring slump on trip to Dakotas
Oct. 16, 2013
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Looking to break out of a scoring drought, the Western Washington University men's soccer team completes a string of five road games this week, traveling to South Dakota School of Mines (Rapid City, SD) on Thursday, Oct. 17 (6:30 p.m.), and to University of Mary (Bismarck, ND) on Saturday, Oct. 19 (9 a.m.), for a pair of Great Northwest Athletic Conference contests.
The Vikings, 5-3-3 overall, are third in the conference standings at 3-1-3. Simon Fraser leads the league at 6-1-0 and Seattle Pacific is second at 5-0-2.
Last week, the Vikings had a six-game unbeaten streak (3-0-3), its longest since 2007, snapped in a 2-0 loss at National Soccer Coaches Association of America/NCAA Division II No.9-ranked Simon Fraser. The Clan has won the last three GNAC titles and reached the national semifinals last season.
WWU has scored just once in the first three games of its current road swing. The Vikings had scored 14 goals in the eight contests prior to that.
Earlier this season, WWU posted home wins over U-Mary, 3-1, and South Dakota Mines, 2-1.
South Dakota Mines, which is in its inaugural season, is 0-10-0 overall and 0-7-0 in GNAC play.
U-Mary is 1-8-0 overall and 1-6-0 in league action. WWU holds a 3-1-1 series advantage, splitting home-and-home meetings last season.
Forward Andrew Weishaar (Sr., Puyallup), who has been bothered by an ankle sprain, 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.
Defender Jeremy Wentzel (So., Edmonds/Edmonds-Woodway) has a team-best four assists, tying him for first in the conference.
WWU goalkeeper Keegan Rogers (Jr., Portland, OR/Portland Christian) ranks third in the GNAC in both goals against average at 0.93 and save percentage at .818. He made six saves against Simon Fraser and has a total of 45 in 966 minutes with two shutouts.
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, Troy McCarty (Fr., Snohomish) earned GNAC Defensive Player of the Week honors and Weishaar took Offensive POW honors.
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
2013 Men's Soccer Report Week 6 (Oct. 15, 2013)
Conference All W L T GF GA Pts W L T GF GA
LAST WEEK: Saturday - Northwest Nazarene 0 at Montana State Billings 0 (ot); South Dakota Mines 0 at Mary 3; Saint Martin's 0 at Seattle Pacific 3; Western Washington 0 at Simon Fraser 2.
THIS WEEK: Thursday - Saint Martin's at Montana State Billings, 2:30 p.m. ; Seattle Pacific at Northwest Nazarene, 3:30 p.m.; Simon Fraser at Mary, 5:30 p.m.; Western Washington at South Dakota Mines, 5:30 p.m. Saturday - Western Washington at Mary, 9 a.m.; Seattle Pacific at Montana State Billings, noon; Saint Martin's at Northwest Nazarene, 2 p.m.; Simon Fraser at South Dakota Mines, 6:30 pm.
POLLS: NSCAA NATIONAL (Oct. 15) - 3. Simon Fraser NSCAA West Region (Oct. 15) - 1. Simon Fraser 5. Seattle Pacific.
NATIONAL STATISTICS (TOP 30):
TEAM: Scoring Offense - 4. Simon Fraser (3.36) Total Goals - 2. Simon Fraser (37) Team Goals-Against Avg. - 13. Seattle Pacific (0.67) W-L-T Pct. - 4. Simon Fraser (.909) 21. Seattle Pacific (.800) Assists/Gm. - 13. Simon Fraser (2.36) Saves/Gm. - 3. South Dakota Mines (7.0) Points/Gm. - 4. Simon Fraser (9.09) Save Pct. - 21. Northwest Nazarene (.828) 25. Seattle Pacific (.821) 29. Western Washington (.817) Total Assists - 10. Simon Fraser (26) Total Points - 2. Simon Fraser (100).
INDIVIDUALS: Points/Gm. - 18. Fredy Razo, NNU (2.0) Goals/Gm. - 19. Fredy Razo, NNU (.89) Total Goals - 27. Fredy Razo, NNU (8) Goals-Against Avg. - 18. Cody Lang, SPU (.67) Save Pct. - 28. Ryan Foo, NNU (.823) 30. Cody Lang, SPU (.821) Saves/Gm. - 3. Timothy Tribbett, SDSMT (6.9) Total Saves - 10. Timothy Tribbett, SDSMT (69).
RED LION PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Offense - Jordan Pearce (F, 6-0, Fr., Doncaster, England - Sir Thomas Wharton) of the University of Mary scored and had an assist on Saturday as the Marauders captured their first victory of 2013 with a decisive 3-0 win over South Dakota Mines. Pearce assisted on the first goal of the game as Mary scored in the 10th minute to establish command. The teams battled without a goal for more than 70 minutes, until Pearce found the back of the net in the 82nd to seal the victory for Mary. Pearce led all players with three shots on the day, and was responsible for two of Mary's 10 shots on target. Defense - Alexander Kleefeldt (D, 6-3, Jr., Frankfurt, Germany) of Simon Fraser used his 6-foot-3 frame against Western Washington on Saturday, elevating for a header goal in the 12th minute to put the Clan ahead 1-0. It was the only shot Kleefeldt would take all game, as his effort defensively helped No. 9 SFU shut out WWU in 2-0 fashion and remain in first place in the GNAC standings. "Alex has done a great job of solidifying our defence," head coach Alan Koch commented regarding the junior's effort. "He has now adjusted to the North American game and also comes up with some timely goals for us."
Honorable Mention - John DiLulo (F, 5-8, Sr., Boise, ID - Boise) of NNU co-led the team with two shots as the Crusaders battled MSU Billings to a tough 0-0 double overtime draw on Thursday...Jules Chopin (M, 6-0, So., Kaslo, BC - Burnaby Mountain) of SFU scored the Clan's second goal in a 2-0 victory over WWU that kept them in sole possession of first place in the GNAC standings...Jordan Kollars (M, 5-10, Fr., Silverdale, WA - Central Kitsap) of SPU provided a pair of assists in SPU's dominant 3-0 victory over SMU on Saturday, serving up a cross in the 53rd minute and an equally-effective through ball in the 61st that led to Falcon goals...Davis Karaica (M, 6-1, Fr., Snoqualmie, WA - Mount Si) of SPU notched the first goal of the game Saturday, as his header off a corner kick from Kollars proved to be the game-winner in the Falcons' 3-0 triumph.
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). Oct. 7-13 - Central Washington (Women's Soccer).
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