WWU ends season at No.3-ranked Simon Fraser on Sunday

WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM Andrew Weishaar
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Andrew Weishaar
WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM

Oct. 31, 2012

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Averaging 3.4 goals over the last five games, the Western Washington University men's soccer team ends its season Sunday (3 p.m.), Nov. 4, traveling to Burnaby, B.C., to meet nationally ranked Simon Fraser University in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference contest at Terry Fox Field on the SFU campus.

The Vikings have lost just once in their last six games and are working on a three-game winning streak. They are 8-7-2 overall and 6-5-2 in league action. Their lone loss during that stretch was at Montana State Billings, 2-1 in overtime. Last week, WWU won two road contests, upsetting No.11 Seattle Pacific, 3-1, and crushing Saint Martin's, 5-1.

WWU lost 2-1 to Simon Fraser at Bellingham on Oct. 6 after holding a 1-0 halftime lead. The Clan, 15-1-1 overall, is ranked No.3 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll and has already clinched a third straight GNAC championship with an 11-1-1 record.

SFU, which is 9-1-0 at home this season, is led by Carlo Basso with 31 points (12 goals and seven assists) and Justin Wallace with 23 points (8 goals and 7 assists). The Clan is averaging 3.8 goals per game.

SFU is allowing just 0.69 goals per game and has posted eight shutouts with J.D. Blakely and Hide Ozawa sharing time in goal.

THE LAST MEETING
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October 6, 2012
BELLINGHAM
WWU lets early lead get away in 2-1 loss to No.7 Simon Fraser
Forward Andrew Weishaar gave Western Washington University a first-half lead, but nationally ranked Simon Fraser University rallied to claim a 2-1 victory Saturday in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's soccer game at Orca Field on the Whatcom CC campus.

The WWU trio of senior midfielder Sujinda Dangvan (Vancouver/Mountain View), senior forward Justin Moore (Port Orchard/South Kitsap) and junior forward Andrew Weishaar (Puyallup) has scored 20 of WWU's 29 goals this season.

Weishaar, who had two goals in the win at Saint Martin's, leads with 17 points. He has scored seven goals, three of them game winners, and has three assists. Dangvan has 15 points with six goals and three assists, and Moore has 14 points with seven goals.

Freshman forward Austin Curtis (Bonney Lake) scored three goals in WWU's two wins last week, two of them against Seattle Pacific, to earn Red Lion/GNAC Offensive Player of the Week honors.

Sophomore goalkeeper Keegan Rogers (So., Portland, OR/Portland Christian) has five shutouts and a 1.19 goals against average. He has made 57 saves in 1,590 minutes for a save percentage of .731.

The Vikings, who are ending their season with five road games, finished 5-2-2 at home this season, both losses being to nationally top 10 ranked teams - 1-0 to No.3 Seattle Pacific on Sept. 29 and Simon Fraser.

WWU's Travis Connell (14th year, 125-122-17) is the school's winningest coach in both men's and women's soccer. His women's record is 117-58-19 in 10 seasons.

Great Northwest Athletic Conference

2012 Men's Soccer Report Week 9 (Oct. 30, 2012)

		        Conference			                All
	                W	L	T	GF	GA	Pts	W	L	T	GF	GA
Simon Fraser            11	1	1	46	9	34	15	1	1	64	12
Northwest Nazarene      7	2	4	21	12	25	8	4	5	24	17
Seattle Pacific         6       3	4	19	15	22	10	3	4	29	19
MSU Billings            6	4	2	18	12	20	10	4	2	27	16
Western Washington      6	5	2	26	17	20	8	7	2	29	21
Mary                    3	8	2	15	31	11	4	10	3	20	44
Sioux Falls             1	8	3	9	28	6	1	11	3	12	41
Saint Martin's          2	11	0	15	45	6	3	14	0	19	56

LAST WEEK: Wednesday - South Dakota Mines 1 at MSU Billings 2. Thursday - Simon Fraser 7 at Saint Martin's 1; Western Washington 3 at Seattle Pacific 1. Saturday - Mary 1 at MSU Billings 5; Sioux Falls 1 at Northwest Nazarene 1; Simon Fraser 1 at Seattle Pacific 0 (ot). Sunday - Western Washington 5 at Saint Martin's 1.

THIS WEEK: Monday - Mary 0 at Northwest Nazarene 3. 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. 30) - 3. Simon Fraser, 22. Seattle Pacific. NSCAA West Region (Oct. 30) - 1. Simon Fraser; 3. Seattle Pacific, 10. MSU Billings. NCAA West Region (Oct. 24) - 1. Simon Fraser (11-1-1); 2. Seattle Pacific (10-1-4); 3. Grand Canyon (13-2-0); 4. Chico State (9-2-4); 5. Cal State L.A. (10-3-2); 6. Cal State Dominguez Hills (9-5-1); 7. Notre Dame de Namur (10-3-1); 8. Cal State Stanislaus (9-3-2). (Note: Records listed are for NCAA Division II games).

NCAA NATIONAL STATISTICS (Through Oct. 28): Team (Top 30): Scoring - 1. Simon Fraser 3.76. Total Goals - 1. Simon Fraser 64. Goals Against - 12. Simon Fraser 0.69. Shutout PCT. - 19. Simon Fraser .471; 30. Northwest Nazarene .438. Saves - 8. Mary 6.50; 11. Sioux Falls 6.40; 27. Saint Martin's 5.59. Total Assists - 2. Simon Fraser 51. Total Points - 1. Simon Fraser 179. Individuals (Top 30): Points - 18. Carlo Basso, SFU, 1.82. Total Points - 16. Carlo Basso, SFU, 31. Goals - 27. Carlo Basso, SFU, 0.71. Total Goals - 18. Carlo Basso, SFU, 12. Assists - 7. Thomas Chameraud, MCUB, 0.69; 18. Alex Rowley, SFU, 0.53. Total Assists - 5. Thomas Chameraud, MSUB, 11; 11. Alex Rowley, SFU, 9 Goals Against - 13. Hide Ozawa, SFU, 0.70. Saves Per Game -9. Kyle Simons, USF, 6.33; 12. Michael Frenzel, Mary, 6.25. Total Saves - 7. Michael Frenzel, Mary, 100; 9. Kyle Simons, USF, 95.

GNAC RED LION PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Offense - Austin Curtis, Western Washington (M, 5-11, Fr., Bonney Lake, WA) scored three goals, including two in Thursday's 3-1 win over nationally 11th-ranked Seattle Pacific as the Vikings ran their win streak to three games, all on the road. Prior to the three wins (including Sunday's 5-1 win at Saint Martin's), WWU had been winless in five road games this season. The goals were the first of Curtis' career. Defense - Helge Neumann, Simon Fraser (D, 6-4, Sr., Oslo, Norway) was a vital part in the Clan's 1-0 overtime shutout of Seattle Pacific and helped limit Saint Martin's to very few scoring opportunities as SFU wrapped up its third straight GNAC title. Neumann has been a member of all three SFU championship teams. "Helge has had a fantastic senior year. He is a major reason for us recording the clean sheets that we have so far this season," SFU coach Alan Koch said. Honorable Mention - Ryan Dhillon, Simon Fraser; Thomas Chameraud, MSU Billings; Cameron Lee, MSU Billings; Dylan Gaydosh, Saint Martin's.

CHAMERAUD EQUALS GNAC ASSIST RECORD: Midfielder Thomas Chameraud equaled the GNAC single-game record for assists with four in MSU Billings' 5-1 home win against Mary Saturday. Chameraud tied the all-game mark for assists set by Dustin Allbery of Seattle University against Chaminade in 2006 and set a new record for a conference contest. Three players - Seattle Pacific's Drew Williams against MSUB (Oct. 17, 2009), Northwest Nazarene's Alex Mangeac against Saint Martin's (Sept. 30, 2010) and Western Washington's Gibson Bardsley against NNU (Oct. 30, 2010) - have had three in a GNAC game ... Three of Chameraud's assists came on goals by Kyle Emerick who recorded the third hat trick of the season in the GNAC ... Chameraud had nine points in two contests, earning an assist on MSUB's first goal in Wednesday's 2-1 win against South Dakota Mines before scoring the game-winner in the 85th minute. He also scored MSUB's fourth goal against Mary.

THREE TITLES FOR CLAN: Ryan Dhillon had two goals and an assist and Carlo Basso had a goal and two assists as Simon Fraser beat Saint Martin's 7-1 Thursday. Along with Seattle Pacific's 3-1 loss to Western Washington the win clinched the Clan their third straight outright GNAC title. Seattle University is the only other GNAC team to win three consecutive titles. The Redhawks won three in a row outright between 2003-05 and five overall (2003-07). The Redhawks shared the title in 2006 with Seattle Pacific ... SFU solidified its claim to the title Saturday defeating Seattle Pacific 1-0 in overtime on a goal by John Hodnett. Dhillon earned an assist on the game-winner.

AROUND THE GNAC: In addition to Curtis' three goals, Western Washington got two goals and an assist from Andrew Weishaar in its two wins ... Dylan Gaydosh and Nate Barber scored Saint Martin's two goals in their losses, while defender Stephen Marshall had Northwest Nazarene's lone goal (on a penalty kick) in its 1-1 draw with Sioux Falls. USF's goal was by Ryan Keohane.

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.

Week of Oct. 15-21: 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.

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). Oct. 22-28 - Western Oregon (Volleyball).