WWU opens five-game home stand against MSUB and NNU
Oct. 21, 2013
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Beginning a five-game home stand to end its regular season, the Western Washington University men's soccer team entertains Montana State University Billings on Thursday, Oct. 24 (7:30 p.m.), and Northwest Nazarene University on Saturday, Oct. 26 (7 p.m.), in Great Northwest Athletic Conference action at Orca Field on the Whatcom CC campus.
The Vikings, who are 5-1-3 in their last nine outings, are 7-3-3 overall and third in the conference standings at 5-1-3, just four points out of first. They are 3-1 at home this season, winning three straight following a loss to Hawaii Pacific.
WWU defender Bailey Martin (Sr., Tacoma/Stadium) was named GNAC Defensive Player of the Week as he helped the Vikings allow just one goal in 180 minutes.
WWU forward Andrew Weishaar (Sr., Puyallup) scored the game winner against South Dakota Mines, his GNAC-leading fourth decisive goal of the season, with 26 seconds remaining. He also had a goal versus U-Mary.
Weishaar leads WWU and is second among GNAC leaders in goals with eight and third in points with 18. His 24 career goals rank seventh among WWU leaders.
Jeremy Wentzel (So., Edmonds/Edmonds-Woodway) scored twice in the U-Mary contest, giving him four goals for the season. He also has four assists, tying him with Gabriele Zaccagnini (Jr., Olympia/Captial) for the team lead and third in the conference.
WWU goalkeeper Keegan Rogers (Jr., Portland, OR/Portland Christian) ranks second in the GNAC in goals against average at 0.86 and leads in save percentage at .833. He has made 55 saves in 1,145 minutes with three shutouts.
MSUB is 3-7-3 overall and 3-4-2 in conference action, going 3-1-1 in its last five games after being winless in its first eight (0-2-6).
WWU leads 14-5-0 in the series, but has not won in three of the last four meetings (1-1-2), tying 0-0 at Billings on Sept. 21.
NNU, which is at Simon Fraser on Thursday, is 3-4-5 overall and 3-3-3 in league play. The Crusaders had a six-game unbeaten streak (3-3-0) snapped in a 1-0 home loss to Saint Martin's last Saturday.
NNU is led by Fredy Razo with nine goals and 20 points.
WWU holds an 11-2-1 series advantage, winning 2-1 at Nampa on Sept. 19.
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
Men's Soccer: SFU in First, SPU, WWU in the Mix (Oct. 22, 2013)
PORTLAND, Ore. - With five games remaining on the 2013 Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's soccer schedule, three teams are separated by just four points at the top of the standings.
Simon Fraser, which fell one spot to No. 4 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America top-25 poll, holds a one-point advantage over Seattle Pacific, as both teams won and tied last week. The Falcons sit in second place with 21 points and are the lone team to remain undefeated in GNAC play so far this season. Western Washington is very much alive in the postseason race, currently sitting three points behind SPU with 18 and just four behind leader SFU.
SFU bolstered its offensive numbers with nine total goals last week, keeping the team in the top five across the NCAA in most major scoring categories. The Clan ranks third in total points (126) and total goals (46), and fourth in scoring offense (3.54), points per game (9.69) and total assists (34).
SPU remains undefeated since its first match of the 2013 season, thanks in large part to a defense that ranks 15th in the NCAA in goals-against average (.71) and 30th in save percentage (.813).
Individually, Fredy Razo of Northwest Nazarene remains the top offensive threat in the GNAC, landing at No. 30 in the nation in total goals (9) and goals per game (.82). Colin Jacques of SFU cracked into the top-10 in the NCAA in total assists with eight, and ranks 14th amongst Division II competition in assists per game with .62.
RECAP: Thanks to a last-ditch effort from Andrew Weishaar, Western Washington (7-3-3, 5-1-3 GNAC) capitalized on a golden opportunity to gain ground in the GNAC standings. The senior forward scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season with less than 30 seconds remaining on Thursday to give the Vikings a 1-0 victory over South Dakota Mines (0-12-0, 0-9-0). The effort of Bailey Martin on WWU's back line earned the senior Red Lion Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Simon Fraser (11-1-1, 7-1-1) had to earn a point on Thursday, twice scoring crucial goals in the final 10 minutes against the University of Mary (1-9-1, 1-7-1). The Marauders' Rory Pratt scored in the 39th minute, and Mary held a 1-0 lead until Jacques set up Joseph Martin for a game-tying goal in the 81st. Each team scored within 60 seconds a few minutes later, including a game-tying goal from Red Lion Offensive Player of the Week Juan Sanchez of SFU, but neither could break through in overtime as the game ended in a 2-2 draw.
Seattle Pacific (8-1-3, 6-0-3) had a chance to leapfrog SFU into first place, but a goal in the final minute from NNU's Razo knotted the score at 2-2 as the Falcons settled for a frustrating draw. SPU's defense shut down Montana State Billings (3-7-3, 3-4-2) on Saturday, limiting the Yellowjackets to just three shots in a solid 2-0 victory.
Despite a 4-0 setback against MSU Billings on Thursday, Saint Martin's (4-8-1, 4-4-1) edged its way into fourth place in the standings with a 1-0 result over NNU (3-4-5, 3-3-3) on Saturday. Playing a man down for the final 20 minutes due to a red card, SMU held off the Crusaders' barrage of 23 shots as Saint goalkeeper Eric Owen made 10 saves en route to the shutout.
While the hopes of a playoff berth for SMU, NNU, and MSU Billings are slim, the three teams are all within two points in the GNAC standings and will be in a heated competition over the final five matches to finish in the upper half of the conference table.
THIS WEEK: SFU, SPU and WWU each host a pair of contests as the three schools jockey for position at the top of the GNAC standings. NNU and MSU Billings will visit the Clan and the Falcons, while Mary and SD Mines make a trip west to face SFU and SMU.
Conference All W L T GF GA Pts W L T GF GA
LAST WEEK: Thursday - Saint Martin's 0 at Montana State Billings 4; Seattle Pacific 2 at Northwest Nazarene 2 (ot); Simon Fraser 2 at Mary 2 (ot); Western Washington 1 at South Dakota Mines 0. Saturday - Western Washington 3 at Mary 1; Seattle Pacific 2 at Montana State Billings 0; Saint Martin's 1 at Northwest Nazarene 0; Simon Fraser 7 at South Dakota Mines 0.
THIS WEEK: Thursday - South Dakota Mines at Saint Martin's, 2 p.m.; Mary at Seattle Pacific, 4:30 p.m.; Montana State Billings at Western Washington, 7:30 p.m.; Northwest Nazarene at Simon Fraser, 7:30 p.m. Saturday - Mary at Saint Martin's, noon; Montana State Billings at Simon Fraser, 3:30 p.m.; Northwest Nazarene at Western Washington, 7 p.m.; South Dakota Mines at Seattle Pacific, 7 p.m.
POLLS: NSCAA NATIONAL (Oct. 22) - 4. Simon Fraser NSCAA West Region (Oct. 22) - 1. Simon Fraser 5. Seattle Pacific 10. Western Washington.
NATIONAL STATISTICS (TOP 30)
TEAM: Scoring Offense - 4. Simon Fraser (3.54) Total Goals - 3. Simon Fraser (46) Team Goals-Against Avg. - 15. Seattle Pacific (.71) W-L-T Pct. - 6. Simon Fraser (.885) 16. Seattle Pacific (.792) Assists/Gm. - 5. Simon Fraser (2.62) Saves/Gm. - 3. South Dakota Mines (7.25) Points/Gm. - 4. Simon Fraser (9.69) Save Pct. - 21. Western Washington (.831) 30. Seattle Pacific (.813) Total Assists - 4. Simon Fraser (34) Total Pts. - 3. Simon Fraser (126).
INDIVIDUAL: Goals/Gm. - 30. Fredy Razo, NNU (.82) Total Goals - 30. Fredy Razo, NNU (9) Assists/Gm. - 14. Colin Jacques, SFU (.62) Total Assists - 7. Colin Jacques, SFU (8) Goals-Against Avg. - 21. Cody Lang, SPU (.711) Save Pct. - 22. Keegan Rogers, WWU (.833) 30. Cody Lang, SPU (.813) Saves/Gm. - 1. Timothy Tribbett, SDSMT (7.17) Total Saves - 7. Timothy Tribbett, SDSMT (86).
RED LION PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Offense - Juan Sanchez (M, 5-9, Sr., Armenia, Columbia - Jenks) of SFU scored in the 86th minute against the University of Mary on Thursday to tie the game and help the Clan salvage a point on the road in a 2-2 overtime draw. Two days later, Sanchez scored and provided an assist in SFU's lopsided 7-0 triumph over South Dakota Mines. Sanchez' effort helped SFU to four points and more importantly kept his team in sole possession of first place in the GNAC standings.
Defense - Bailey Martin (D, 6-0, Sr., Tacoma, WA - Stadium) of WWU anchored the Vikings' defense for 90 minutes in Thursday's 1-0 victory over South Dakota Mines. Martin's effort helped keep the Hardrockers scoreless and set up Andrew Weishaar's game-winning goal with less than 30 seconds remaining. On Saturday, Martin again turned in 90 minutes of solid defense, as WWU collected a 3-1 victory over Mary and picked up six points to remain just four points out of first place in the GNAC standings.
Honorable Mention - Fredy Razo (F, 5-10, Jr., Irvine, CA - Irvine Valley) of NNU scored the game-tying goal with 45 seconds left in a 2-2 tie with Seattle Pacific on Thursday...Luke Broz (D, 5-11, So., Boise, ID - Highline CC) of NNU played all 110 minutes on defense in the Crusaders 2-2 tie with Seattle Pacific on Thursday, and all 90 minutes in Saturday's 1-0 loss to St. Martin's...Eric Owen (GK, 6-2, Jr., Tacoma, WA - Stadium) of SMU tallied his second shutout of the season in impressive fashion helping the Saints pick up a 1-0 win on the road while making 10 saves in a win against Northwest Nazarene...Jeremy Wentzel (D, 5-5, So., Edmonds, WA - Shoreline CC) of WWU scored a pair of goals to help the Vikings to two solid victories.
POINT-FOR-POINT: With a win and a draw each, Simon Fraser and Seattle Pacific matched each other with four points apiece and remain in first and second in the GNAC standings. SPU had a golden opportunity to leapfrog SFU, but the Falcons allowed a goal in the final minute of regulation on Thursday before battling NNU to a double-overtime draw.
TWO-FOR-ONE: Simon Fraser saw its grip on first place flash before its eyes on Thursday, as it took two goals in the final 10 minutes against the University of Mary to salvage a single point. The Clan scored in the 81st minute to tie the game, only to see Mary respond with a go-ahead goal three minutes later. Juan Sanchez stepped up in a last-ditch effort to tie the game once again in the 86th, and neither team broke through in overtime in the 2-2 draw.
WINNING WESTERN WASHINGTON: The Vikings took advantage of the draws by SPU and SFU, grabbing a full six points to move within four points of first place in the GNAC standings. Late-game heroics from Andrew Weishaar led WWU to victory on Thursday, while a solid all-around team effort gave WWU a 3-1 victory against host Mary on Saturday.
FREDY SAVES THE DAY: Fredy Razo's goal against SPU in the final minute salvaged a point for NNU, but the Crusaders failed to gain any further ground with a frustrating 1-0 defeat against Saint Martin's on Saturday. The Crusaders outshot the Saints 23-13, including eight shots by Razo, but somehow came up empty handed despite SMU being down a player for the final 20 minutes.
TWIN-BILL SPLIT FOR BILLINGS: The Yellowjackets notched their most dominant performance of the season on Thursday, as four different players scored in a 4-0 rout of Saint Martin's. MSUB's luck shifted on Saturday however, as SPU took care of business in shutout fashion with a 2-0 decision that left MSUB in sixth place in the GNAC.
GONE IN 60 SECONDS: Both South Dakota Mines and Seattle Pacific watched games slip away in the final minute on Thursday. Razo spoiled SPU's chance for a win with a goal with 45 seconds remaining, while Weishaar's tally against SD Mines came with just 26 ticks remaining.
CLAN TRIO GETS TWO: Three Simon Fraser players scored a pair of goals last week, as Carlo Basso, Sanchez and Jovan Blagojevic each completed the feat. Basso tacked on a pair of assists to post a GNAC-high six points on the week.
COLIN'S COMPLIMENTS: Colin Jacques of SFU dished out passes left and right last week, totaling four assists to move him up the national ranks to No. 7 with eight total in 2013. Jacques added a goal as well, tying him with Basso for the most GNAC points on the week with six.
Montana State Billings' Aodhan Brownlee and Basso were the other two GNAC players to record multiple assists with two apiece.
HARDROCKER SHOT-STOPPER: No one across NCAA Division II averages more saves per game than SD Mines' Timothy Tribbett, who collects 7.17 per contest. Last week, he notched 17 and gave the Hardrockers a chance for their first NCAA victory on Thursday in a disappointing 1-0 loss to WWU.
WESTERN'S WEISHAAR MOVES UP: With his team-leading eighth goal of the season on Thursday, Weishaar moved into sole possession of seventh place in the WWU all-time scoring record book. The senior has collected 24 career goals.
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). Oct. 14-20 - Western Oregon (Women's Soccer).
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