Vikings Travel to Face Saint Martin's on Thursday

Oct. 17, 2017

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THIS WEEK IN WWU MEN’S SOCCER

Thursday, October 19

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at Saint Martin’s    1 pm  ●  Lacey, WA

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WHAT’S HAPPENING…the Western Washington University men’s soccer team (6-3-3, 5-1-1 GNAC) plays one game during the week, traveling to face Saint Martin’s on Thursday…Thursday’s game marks the beginning of a stretch of four consecutive road games for WWU.

LAST WEEK…the Vikings went 1-1-0 last week, hosting Montana State Billings and No. 16 Simon Fraser at Harrington Field…Vikings scored twice in the game’s final 10 minutes to top the ‘Jackets last Thursday, with Drew Farnsworth scoring an unassisted goal in the 81st minute before he assisted a goal by Anthony Dean in the 90th minute for the 2-0 victory…Vikings were narrowly defeated by No. 16 Simon Fraser last Saturday, as the Clan scored a golden goal in the 109th minute during the second overtime period for a 1-0 victory.

NOT OVER UNTIL OVERTIME…the Vikings have been to overtime in seven of 12 games during 2017 with five of those contests reaching double overtime…1-3-3 record in overtime games during season…also played seven games that went to overtime during the 2016 campaign…seven overtime games in a season during the 2016 and 2017 seasons are tied for most in single season for WWU since at least 2000….went 2-1-4 in overtime games last year, tying the school record for ties in a season.

STRONG START…WWU opened the conference schedule 5-0-1 and had a nine-game unbeaten streak ended last Saturday against No. 16 Simon Fraser...the six-game unbeaten start to the conference schedule was tied with a 3-0-3 start to the GNAC schedule in 2013 for longest unbeaten streak to start conference play by WWU since at least 2000…WWU also won its first four conference games in 2017, the best winning streak start to a conference schedule since WWU went 4-0-0 in conference play during a four-game conference schedule in 2002.

ON THE ROAD...After playing eight of their first 12 games at Harrington Field, the Vikings will play their next four games away from Bellingham…WWU is unbeaten on the road in 2017 with a 3-0-1 record….Vikings are 5-1-2 in last eight games away from Bellingham (true road games and neutral-site games combined) since Oct. 15 of last season.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • GNAC Standings – WWU (5-1-1 GNAC) is tied with No. 13 Simon Fraser atop the conference standings with five conference games remaining…Clan and Vikings play again on Nov. 2 in Burnaby, B.C.
  • Regionally Ranked – WWU remains ranked No. 10 in the United Soccer Coaches West Region poll.
  • Last Time vs. SMU – The Vikings topped the Saints, 3-2, in the first meeting of the season between the teams on Sept. 21 in Bellingham…Luke Olney (37’), Drew Farnsworth (60’) and Georg Cholewa (78’) scored for WWU to build a 3-0 lead before the Saints (0-11-1, 0-6-1 GNAC) scored twice late in the game.
  • Narrow Defeats – All three losses for WWU during the season have come via overtime golden goals…two of the three losses have ended in double overtime with fewer than two minutes remaining in the period.
  • Balanced Attack – Eight players have scored a goal for WWU in 2017…six players at least 2 goals…Anthony Dean is tied for the GNAC lead with 9 goals…Stephen Jinneman and Drew Farnsworth have each scored 3 goals to rank tied for 2nd on the team…three players have scored 2 goals apiece.
  • Offensive Opportunities – The Vikings rank 2nd in the GNAC and 43rd nationally in shots per game (15.42) with 185 total shots…rank 2nd in GNAC and 63rd nationally with 5.42 corner kicks per game average (65 total)…Anthony Dean ranks tied for 12th nationally with a 4.33 shots per game average as well as tied for 23rd with a 2.00 shots on goal per game average.
  • Impressive Stretch – The Vikings are 10-1-2 over their last 13 GNAC games dating back to last season …won nine consecutive conference games from Oct. 20 of last season through Oct. 5 of current season….had a 12-game GNAC unbeaten streak ended last Saturday against No. 16 Simon Fraser. 
  • 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 41-30-14 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

6
Players with 2 or more goals scored for the Vikings during 2017.

7
Games played by WWU that have gone to overtime out of 12 total games played in 2017.

13
Career shutouts by senior goalkeeper Tyler Visten to rank in a tie for 3rd in program history among career shutout leaders.

16
Points in GNAC play for WWU to tie with No. 13 Simon Fraser atop the standings.

21
Points via 9 goals and 3 assists for senior forward Anthony Dean to lead the GNAC in points and tie for the conference lead in goals.

SERIES HISTORY…here is a look at the all-time series history between WWU and Saint Martin’s:

  • Saint Martin’s → WWU leads the all-time series 15-5-1…Saints won both meetings in 2015 to snap a three-game WWU win streak in the series before the teams split the season series in 2016…WWU is 5-4-1 at Saint Martin’s and was edged 2-1 in each of last two games at Saint Martin’s…Vikings won the first matchup of current season, 3-2, on Sept. 21.

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 (21) and is tied for the conference lead in goals with 9…has a goal in seven games­ with two multi-goal games…has recorded a point in nine of 12 games…ranks tied for 36th nationally in total points…ranks in a tie for 32nd nationally in total goals as well as tied for 34th in goals per game average (.75) and tied for 35th in points per game average (1.75)…ranks tied for 12th in shots per game (4.33) and tied for 23rd in shots on goal per game (2.00).

VISTEN HONORED...Tyler Visten was named the GNAC Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 9 after posting consecutive shutouts and leading the conference with 9 saves during the week…Visten has 13 career shutouts to rank in a tie for 3rd in program history in the category…for the season, he ranks 2nd in the GNAC with a 1.29 goals-against average.

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. 17…Vikings are tied with No. 13 Simon Fraser at 5-1-1 in conference play…WWU has five conference games remaining on the schedule.

 

Standings

GNAC

Pts.

Pct.

Overall

Pts.

Pct.

GF

GA

Home

Away

Neutral

Last 10

Streak

Simon Fraser

5-1-1

16

.786

9-1-2

29

.833

29

8

6-0-0

1-1-2

2-0-0

7-1-2

W4

Western Washington

5-1-1

16

.786

6-3-3

21

.625

23

17

3-3-2

3-0-1

0-0-0

6-1-3

L1

Seattle Pacific

4-2-1

13

.643

7-3-1

22

.682

26

18

1-2-1

6-1-0

0-0-0

7-2-1

W2

MSU Billings

3-4-0

9

.429

5-8-0

15

.385

21

29

3-3-0

1-4-0

1-1-0

5-5-0

L3

Northwest Nazarene

2-3-1

7

.417

5-5-1

16

.500

16

20

2-2-0

3-2-1

0-1-0

5-4-1

W1

Concordia (Ore.)

2-4-1

7

.357

3-7-2

11

.333

16

25

3-3-1

0-4-1

0-0-0

2-6-2

W1

Saint Martin's

0-6-1

1

.071

0-11-1

1

.042

16

39

0-2-1

0-7-0

0-2-0

0-9-1

L2

 

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