WWU on road again this week

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Justin Moore
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Oct. 23, 2012

BELLINGHAM, Wash, - Traveling for the second of a season-ending three-week stretch of road games, the Western Washington University men's soccer team is at nationally ranked Seattle Pacific on Thursday (7 p.m.), Oct. 25, and at Saint Martin's on Sunday (1 p.m.), Oct. 28, for Great Northwest Athletic Conference contests.

The Vikings, 6-7-2 overall and 4-5-2 in league action, split a pair of road encounters last week, both of them going into overtime. They were edged 2-1 at Montana State Billings, but came back to nip Northwest Nazarene, 4-3. That was their first win in six road games this season.

THE LAST MEETING
Seattle Pacific1
Western Washington0
September 29, 2012
BELLINGHAM

THE LAST MEETING
Saint Martin's1
Western Washington4
September 27, 2012
BELLINGHAM
WWU defeats Saint Martin's, 4-1
Forward Leonard Kusina had a pair of assists as Western Washington University continued its excellent play at home with a 4-1 win over Saint Martin's University on Thursday in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's soccer game at Orca Field on the Whatcom CC campus.

WWU is unbeaten in three of its last four games (2-1-1), three of them going into extra time.

The trio of senior midfielder Sujinda Dangvan (Vancouver/Mountain View), senior forward Justin Moore (Port Orchard/South Kitsap) and junior forward Andrew Weishaar (Puyallup) have scored 17 of WWU's 21 goals this season.

Dangvan leads the Vikings with six goals and 13 points, converting all three of his penalty kicks. Moore also has scored six goals and Weishaar has five goals, two of them game winners, and two assists.

Moore had two goals in last week's win at Northwest Nazarene.

Sophomore goalkeeper Keegan Rogers (So., Portland, OR/Portland Christian) has registered five shutouts and has a 1.21 goals against average. He has made 50 saves in 1,410 minutes for a save percentage of .725.

Seattle Pacific, ranked No.11 in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, is 10-1-4 overall (5-0-1 at home) and second in the GNAC standings at 6-1-4.

The Falcons, who won 1-0 on Sept. 29 in Bellingham for a three-game series winning streak, have a 42-13-6 lead in their games with WWU.

Seattle Pacific has allowed just one goal in its last 433 minutes and 45 seconds. Senior goalkeeper Zach Johnson has 22 career shutouts, the fourth-highest total in school history.

Saint Martin's, which hosts Simon Fraser on Thursday, is 3-12-0 overall and 2-9-0 in conference action The Saints have lost eight of their last nine games.

WWU holds a 9-2-0 series advantage over Saint Martin's

The Vikings finished 5-2-2 at home this season, 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.

WWU's Travis Connell (14th year, 123-122-17) is the school's winningest coach in both men's and women's soccer. His women's record is 116-57-19 in 10 seasons.

Great Northwest Athletic Conference

2012 Men's Soccer Report Week 8 (Oct. 23, 2012)

		         Conference			                 All
	                  W	L	T	GF	GA	Pts	W	L	T	GF	GA
Simon Fraser               9	1	1	38	8	28	13	1	1	56	11
Seattle Pacific            6	1	4	18	11	22	10	1	4	28	15
Northwest Nazarene	         6        2        3         17      11      	21	7	4	4	20	26
MSU Billings	         5	4	2	13	11	17	8	4	2	20	14
Western Washington	         4	5	2	18	15	14	6	7	2	21	19
Mary                       3	6	2	14	23	11	4	8	3	19	36
Saint Martin's             2	9	0	13	33	6	3	12	0	17	44
Sioux Falls                1	8	2	8	27	5	1	11	2	11	40

LAST WEEK: Thursday - Seattle Pacific 1 at Mary 1 (2ot); Western Washington 1 at MSU Billings 2 (ot); Simon Fraser 3 at Northwest Nazarene 1; Saint Martin's 3 at Sioux Falls 0. Saturday - Saint Martin's 1 at Mary 3; Simon Fraser 0 at MSU Billings 0 (2ot); Western Washington 4 at Northwest Nazarene 3 (ot); Seattle Pacific 2 at Sioux Falls 0.

THIS WEEK: Wednesday - South Dakota Mines at MSU Billings, 3:30 p.m. Thursday - Simon Fraser at Saint Martin's, 12:45 p.m.; Western Washington at Seattle Pacific, 7 p.m. Saturday - Mary at MSU Billings, 1 p.m.; Sioux Falls at Northwest Nazarene, 3 p.m.; Simon Fraser at Seattle Pacific, 7 p.m.Sunday - Western Washington at Saint Martin's, 1 p.m.

NEXT WEEK: Monday - Mary at Northwest Nazarene, 4 p.m. Thursday - Sioux Falls at MSU Billings, 3:30 p.m. Saturday - Northwest Nazarene at MSU Billings, 1 p.m.; Saint Martin's at Seattle Pacific, 7 p.m. Sunday - Western Washington at Simon Fraser, 3 p.m.; Sioux Falls at Mary, 1 p.m. (Note: End-of-regular season)

POLLS: NSCAA National (Oct. 23) - 3. Simon Fraser, 11. Seattle Pacific. NSCAA West Region (Oct. 23) - 1. Simon Fraser; 3. Seattle Pacific, 10. MSU Billings. NCAA West Region (Oct. 17) - 1. Simon Fraser (10-1-0); 2. Seattle Pacific (9-1-3); 3. Grand Canyon (11-2); 4. Cal State Stanislaus (8-2-2); 5. Notre Dame de Namur (9-2-1); 6. Chico State (8-2-3); 7. Cal State L.A. (9-3-2); 8. Northwest Nazarene (7-2-4). (Note: Records listed are for NCAA Division II games).

NCAA NATIONAL STATISTICS (Through Oct. 21): Team (Top 30): Scoring - 1. Simon Fraser 3.73. Total Goals - 1. Simon Fraser 56. Goals Against - 17. Simon Fraser 0.72. Shutout PCT. - 23. Northwest Nazarene, Seattle Pacific and Simon Fraser .467. Saves - 9. Mary 6.60; 13. Sioux Falls 6.21; 28. Saint Martin's 5.67. Total Assists - 2. Simon Fraser 44. Total Points - 1. Simon Fraser 156. Individuals (Top 30): Points - 20. Carlo Basso, SFU, 1.80. Total Points - 18. Carlo Basso, SFU, 27. Goals - 23. Carlo Basso, SFU, 0.73. Total Goals - 17. Carlo Basso, SFU, 11. Assists - 8. Alex Rowley, SFU, 0.60; 28. Justin Wallace, SFU, 0.47. Total Assists - 6. Alex Rowley, SFU, 9; 18. Justin Wallace, SFU, 7. Goals Against - 17. Hide Ozawa, SFU, 0.70; 29. Zach Johnson, SPU, 0.81. Saves Per Game -9. Michael Frenzel, Mary, 6.40; 13. Kyle Simons, USF, 6.14. Total Saves - 4. Michael Frenzel, Mary, 96; 8. Kyle Simons, USF, 86.

GNAC RED LION PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Offense - Rory Pratt, U-Mary (F, 6-2, So., Dublin, Ireland - St. Michaels College) had a hand in all four of his team's goals as Marauders earned four points, tying nationally ninth-ranked Seattle Pacific 1-1 and defeating Saint Martin's 3-1. Pratt scored the lone goal in a 1-1 draw with Seattle Pacific. He then scored two goals and had an assist - his first of the season - in their win against Saint Martin's to earn Red Lion Offensive Player of the Week accolades. Defense - Conner Moe, MSU Billings (D, 6-1, Sr., Snohomish, WA - Bellevue) scored a goal in the Yellowjackets' 2-1 overtime win against Western Washington and led the MSUB defense which held Simon Fraser - the nation's top-scoring team - without a goal in a 0-0 deadlock. That snapped a GNAC-record string of games in which Simon Fraser had scored a goal at 33 games and earned Moe the Red Lion Defensive Player of the Week award. Honorable Mention - Justin Moore, Western Washington; Thomas Sheets, MSU Billings; Nate Barber, Saint Martin's; Zach Johnson, Seattle Pacific.

SFU SCORING STREAK ENDS AT 33 GAMES: Simon Fraser's streak of games in which it scored at least one goal ended at 33 Saturday with its scoreless draw at Montana State Billings. It is the longest streak in GNAC history bettering the old record of 27 by Seattle University between Aug. 26, 2004 and Sept. 1, 2005. The last time the Clan had been 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.

MOORE SCORES TWICE, PICHETTE GETS GAME WINNER: Justin Moore scored a pair of goals in Western Washington's 4-3 win at Northwest Nazarene to stake the Vikings to an early 3-0 lead. After the Crusaders rallied to tie the game, Conner Pichette got the game-winner in the 100th minute. Two of NNU's goals were penalty kicks by Stephen Marshall.

SHEETS NETS MSUB GAME WINNER: Thomas Sheet's 30-yard shot into the upper right corner of the net gave Montana State Billings' its win against Western Washington.

FOUR POINTS FOR BARBER: Nate Barber had a goal and two assists as Saint Martin's divided a pair of matches defeating Sioux Falls 3-0 before losing at Mary 3-1. SMU's Dylan Gaydosh had the game-winner against USF.

ELSEWHERE IN THE GNAC: Mary goalie Michael Frenzel had 17 saves as the Marauders earned a win against Saint Martin's and a draw with nationally Seattle Pacific ... Zach Johnson had eight saves for SPU in its four-point road trip. Blaine Carver had the Falcon game-winning goal at Sioux Falls ... Carlo Basso had the game-winning goal and also earned an assist in Simon Fraser's 3-1 win against Northwest NMazarene.

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.

Oct. 8-14: 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.

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). Oct. 15-21 - Alaska Anchorage (Men's & Women's Cross Country),