Vikings to Face NNU, MSUB at Home

Oct. 25, 2016

 

This Week in WWU Men's Soccer

Thursday, October 27

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Northwest Nazarene, 7 pm, Harrington Field

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Saturday, October 29

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MSU Billings, 7 pm, Harrington Field

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WHAT'S HAPPENING...the Western Washington University men's soccer team (5-4-4, 2-3-3 GNAC) hosts Northwest Nazarene and Montana State Billings this week...the matches are part of a stretch of four straight contests at home for the Vikings...Western Washington faces each team for the second time this season after playing both on the road earlier in the conference schedule.

HOW TO FOLLOW... all home matches will feature Live Stats and a Video Webcast (no audio) at WWUVikings.com/live...GNAC road matches will also be able to be tracked via WWUVikings.com/live.

LAST WEEK...Western Washington played one match during the week, shutting out visiting Saint Martin's, 3-0, last Thursday at Harrington Field. Junior forward Anthony Dean led the Vikings with 2 goals and 1 assist. Dean put Western Washington up 1-0 in the 14th minute and freshman midfielder Jeremiah Lee doubled the lead in the 30th minute before Dean scored his second goal of the match in the 65th minute.

LOOKING AHEAD...Western Washington will host No. 3 Simon Fraser next Thursday (Nov. 3) at Harrington Field (7 pm) for Senior Night...the Vikings conclude the regular season on Saturday (Nov. 5) at Concordia.

ALL-ACADEMIC HONOREES...Western Washington had four players honored for their commitment in the classroom by being named to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference All-Academic Team on Oct. 21...junior defender Stephen Jinneman, junior midfielder Luke Olney, sophomore forward Jose Castillo and sophomore defender Garrett Strawn were each recognized.

NOT OVER UNTIL OVERTIME...six of the 13 games for the Vikings in 2016 have reached overtime, including five of the last seven...each match beyond 90 minutes for the Vikings has reached double overtime...WWU is 1-1-4 in overtime matches this season.

TYING THE TIE RECORD...the Vikings' 4 ties during the 2016 season equals the school record for ties in the season...the 1974 Vikings also tied four times.

NOT IN THE NET...WWU has recorded five shutouts through 13 games...Vikings are third in the GNAC behind MSU Billings and Simon Fraser for the conference lead in shutouts...WWU has allowed more than 2 goals in a game just twice this season.

DOMINANT DEFENSE...WWU ranks second in the GNAC with a .99 goals-against average ...junior goalkeeper Tyler Visten ranks second in the conference with a 1.00 goals-against average and third with a .763 save percentage...Visten also is second with 4 shutouts and fourth in the GNAC with 45 saves.

PUTTING THE PRESSURE ON...WWU leads the GNAC in corner kick opportunities with 90...the Vikings are averaging 6.92 corner kicks per contest...WWU has also taken 238 shots (18.31 shots per game) this season, a total ranking second and an average ranking first in the GNAC...the Vikings' shot average ranks seventh nationally.

SOLID START...the Vikings' 3-1-1 record through non-conference play to open the season was the best five-game start to a season since 2010 when Western Washington was also 3-1-1 after five games...Vikings began the season 2-1-0 at home and 1-0-1 on the road during the non-conference season.

IMMEDIATE IMPACT...junior forward Anthony Dean, a transfer from Bellevue College, leads Western Washington this season with 6 goals and 4 assists...he ranks fifth in the GNAC with 16 points...Dean has posted two multi-goal games in which he also assisted a goal, accomplishing the feat against Colorado Christian (Sept. 10) and Saint Martin's (Oct. 20).   

BALANCED ATTACK...Six players for the Vikings have scored multiple goals on the season...junior forward Anthony Dean leads Western Washington with 6 goals while senior defender Brady Ulen, senior midfielder Eleazar Galvan, junior midfielder Luke Olney, freshman midfielder Jeremiah Lee and junior forward Drew Barker have each scored twice...in all, nine players have scored at least 1 goal this season out of the Vikings' 19 total goals scored...Western Washington has balanced its scoring throughout games, totaling 9 first-half goals, 9 second-half goals and 1 goal in a second overtime period this season.  

NORTHWEST NAZARENE [Website | Roster | Schedule]...The all-time series between Northwest Nazarene and WWU is 14-6-1 in favor of the Vikings...the Crusaders came away with a 1-0 overtime victory when the teams met earlier this season in Idaho, netting a golden goal in the second overtime period...Northwest Nazarene enters Thursday 8-3-3 overall and 5-1-2 in GNAC action...Northwest Nazarene played a stretch of six consecutive overtime matches from Sept. 29 to Oct. 20 before snapping the streak in a 1-0 win over Concordia on Oct. 22 in its most recent match...sophomore forward Logan Wood leads the Crusaders with 5 goals while senior forward Michael Mollay leads the team with 6 assists...senior goalkeeper Ryan Foo leads the GNAC in saves (92), and ranks in a tie for second with 4 shutouts.

MSU BILLINGS [Website | Roster | Schedule]...The all-time series between MSU Billings and WWU is 16-9-1 in favor of the Vikings...the Yellowjackets topped Western Washington, 3-1, in the first meeting between the teams this season in Montana...MSU Billings is 8-4-3 overall and 4-2-3 in GNAC play...The 'Jackets will face No. 3 Simon Fraser on the road before playing Western Washington on Saturday...MSU Billings leads the conference in total shots (255), points (95), goals (33) and assists (29)...MSU Billings is led offensively by senior forward Julien Dragomir (9 goals, 4 assists).

ROAD WARRIORS...Western Washington recently concluded a stretch of playing five of its first seven GNAC contests away from home...the Vikings are in a stretch of hosting four home games in a row before finishing the regular season at Concordia (Ore.).

YOUNG TEAM...the Vikings roster of 29 players features four seniors, 10 juniors, four sophomores and 11 freshmen...12 players return from the 2015 squad but 13 have departed and four have joined the program as transfers in 2016.

QUICK FACTS...went 5-10-3 overall in 2015 and 3-9-2 in the GNAC...returned five starters and 13 letterwinners from last year's squad...replaced six starters, including 2015 GNAC 2nd-team selection and top goal scorer Adam Talley (8 goals, 2 assists)...returned 2015 honorable mention All-GNAC picks Luke Olney, Eleazar Galvan and Tyler Visten...2016 squad features crop of young talent with 12 newcomers, three redshirts, nine players with one year of varsity experience, four players with two years of experience, and one player with three years of experience.

THE PRESEASON...the Vikings posted a 2-0-0 record during the preseason...defeated Fraser Valley at Harrington Field (2-0) with first-half goals from senior forward Eleazar Galvan and junior midfielder Wesley Stark...closed the exhibition schedule with a 3-1 win over visiting Puget Sound...Galvan, junior midfielder Luke Olney and junior forward Anthony Dean tallied goals in the first half against the Loggers...Olney was credited with the game-winning goal against Puget Sound, the team coached by his father Reece Olney for the past 23 years.

THE NON-CONFERENCE...Western Washington began the season with two games in California, topping Chico State, 1-0, with a goal in the 83rd minute from junior forward Anthony Dean before battling to a 0-0 tie after two overtime periods against Sonoma State...the Vikings fells 2-1 to MSU Denver in their home opener before firing 39 shots (16 on goal) en route to a 4-0 over visiting Colorado Christian...Western Washington closed out the non-conference schedule with a 1-0 win over nationally-ranked Fort Hays State, allowing only 1 shot on goal from FHSU in the match...freshman midfielder Jeremiah Lee netted the game-winning goal in the 24th minute for the Vikings.

A LOOK AT THE GNAC...SFU, ranked No. 3 nationally, is the only GNAC team without a loss this season...Western Washington is currently in fifth place...five teams have tied at least twice in GNAC play...each of the seven schools that sponsor men's soccer will play 12 conference matches. A look at updated records through Tuesday:

Standings

Conference

Pts

Pct.

GF

GA

 

Overall

Pts

Pct.

GF

GA

Simon Fraser

6-0-2

20

.875

21

6

 

11-0-2

35

.923

32

8

Northwest Nazarene

5-1-2

17

.750

12

10

 

8-3-3

27

.679

28

22

MSU Billings

4-2-3

15

.611

20

13

 

8-4-3

27

.633

33

17

Seattle Pacific

2-3-4

10

.444

13

14

 

4-5-5

17

.464

26

22

Western Washington

2-3-3

9

.438

12

12

 

5-4-4

19

.538

19

14

Concordia (Ore.)

1-6-1

4

.188

10

21

 

4-7-2

14

.385

23

28

Saint Martin's

1-6-1

4

.188

10

22

 

2-10-1

7

.192

16

41

GNAC TEAM STATISTICS...the Vikings lead the conference with 90 corner kicks are second with 238 shots...Western Washington has allowed the second-fewest goals this season (14)...updated GNAC statistics through Tuesday:

 

Team Summaries

GP

GF-GA

Score-Avg

Margin

PK-Att

Shots

Saves

Save%

Corners

Concordia (Ore.)

13

23-28

1.77-2.15

-0.38

3-3

135

64

69.6

58

MSU Billings

15

33-17

2.20-1.13

+1.07

1-1

255

49

74.2

80

Northwest Nazarene

14

28-22

2.00-1.57

+0.43

5-6

206

93

80.9

74

Saint Martin's

13

16-41

1.23-3.15

-1.92

0-0

113

65

61.3

38

Seattle Pacific

14

26-22

1.86-1.57

+0.29

2-3

206

64

74.4

71

Simon Fraser

13

32-8

2.46-0.62

+1.85

2-2

211

32

80.0

80

Western Washington

13

19-14

1.46-1.08

+0.38

2-4

238

48

77.4

90

GNAC COACHES POLL...Western Washington entered the season picked to finish 6th by the GNAC Preseason Coaches Poll...finished 7th last season after opening season 3-2-1 but ending 2-8-1 over final 11 matches.

Rank

Team (1st Place Votes)

2015 Record

GNAC Record (Finish)

Points

1.

Simon Fraser (5)

10-3-4

9-2-3

47

2.

Seattle Pacific (2)

14-1-4

10-1-3

44

3.

MSU Billings

8-6-4

6-5-3

31

4.

Northwest Nazarene

12-6-1

8-5-1

27

5.

Concordia

7-5-5

5-4-5

20

6.

Western Washington

5-10-3

3-9-2

18

7.

Saint Martin's

6-12-1

4-10

9

Votes awarded on a 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS...

5

The Vikings have recorded 5 shutouts in 13 games this season.

16

Points by junior forward Anthony Dean, a total ranking fifth in the GNAC.

14

WWU has allowed 14 goals in 2016, the second-lowest mark in the GNAC.

3

Western Washington has 3 regular season home matches remaining.

6

Six players have scored at least 2 goals in 2016 for Western Washington.

 

COACH BRISBON...Greg Brisbon enters his 4th season as head coach of the WWU men's soccer program...directed the Vikings to a 30-26-11 record as head coach...spent previous 12 years as the Vikings assistant coach, eight as the associate head coach...led WWU to within one win of program's first NCAA Division II national tournament appearance in 2014 with victories in seven of its last 10 games...in 2013, his Vikings were 11-4-3, including a season-ending 3-0 win over No. 2 and eventual national semifinalist Simon Fraser...record was the 7th-best in program history and 0.69 goals against average set a WWU record.

2015 SEASON IN REVIEW...Vikings finished 7th in the GNAC with a 5-10-3 overall record and 3-9-2 record in GNAC play...opened the season 3-2-1, but were 2-8-1 over the final 11 matches...upset No. 12 Northwest Nazarene in overtime at home October 10...went 3-3-1 at Harrington Field and 2-7 away from Bellingham...junior forward Adam Talley and senior defender Uche Ugwoaba were 2nd-team selections to the 2015 GNAC Men's Soccer All-Conference Team...Talley led the team and tied for 3rd in the GNAC with 8 goals (T5th with 18 points)...he recorded a hat trick Oct. 22 vs. Mary and scored a pair of goals October 29 at Northwest Nazarene.

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