WWU Heads to No. 15 Simon Fraser, Hosts Concordia

Nov. 1, 2017

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THIS WEEK IN WWU MEN'S SOCCER

Thursday, November 2

Live Coverage

at #15 Simon Fraser    7 pm  ●  Burnaby, BC

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Saturday, November 4

Live Coverage

Concordia  ●  7 pm  ●  Harrington Field

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WHAT'S HAPPENING...the Western Washington University men's soccer team (6-5-4, 5-3-2 GNAC) enters the final week of the regular season with games at No. 15 Simon Fraser on Thursday night and against visiting Concordia on Saturday for Senior Night.

2017 Record Breakdown

Overall Record

6-5-4

Home

3-3-2

Away

3-2-2

GNAC Record

5-3-2

By Kit

White

3-2-1

Navy

3-2-2

Light Blue

0-1-1

SENIOR SIX...prior to the start of the game on Saturday, WWU will honors its six seniors with a short pregame ceremony...Kyle Danielson, Anthony Dean, Ibra Drame, Luke Olney, Colton Ronk and Tyler Visten compose the 2017 senior class...in addition, there will be free hot chocolate and coffee along with a prize giveaway during a WWU student bunker party (game ticket and/or Viking Territory Pass required) that begins at 6 pm before the game.

GNAC STANDINGS...WWU (5-3-2 GNAC) is 4th in the conference standings with 17 points behind Seattle Pacific (22 points, 7-3-1 GNAC), No. 15 Simon Fraser (20 points, 6-1-1 GNAC) and MSU Billings (18 points, 6-5-0 GNAC)...MSU Billings (Nov. 2 at Saint Martin's) and Seattle Pacific (Nov. 4 at Seattle Pacific) each have one conference game remaining while WWU and Simon Fraser (Nov. 2 vs. WWU, Nov. 4 vs. SPU) each have two games left...scenarios exist for Simon Fraser, Seattle Pacific and WWU to claim the GNAC title.

LAST WEEK...the Vikings played at Northwest Nazarene and at MSU Billings last week...battled to a 0-0 double overtime tie in Idaho for the fourth tie of the season during the eighth overtime game of the year for WWU...Tyler Visten had 10 saves to tie a career high...WWU fell 2-0 at MSU Billings with the Yellowjackets scoring in the 66th minute and then again in the game's final minute.

NOT OVER UNTIL OVERTIME...the Vikings have been to overtime in 8 of 15 games during 2017 with six of those contests reaching double overtime...1-3-4 record in overtime games during season...also played seven games that went to overtime during the 2016 campaign...the eight overtime games during 2017 are the most in a season since at least 2000....went 2-1-4 in overtime games last year...four ties during 2016 and 2017 are part of  a three-way tie for most ties in a season in program history.

ALL-ACADEMIC...the Vikings set a program record with 11 student-athletes named to the GNAC All-Academic Team last week...Luke Olney became the fifth player in program history to earn the honor three times in a career while Jose Castillo, Stephen Jinneman and Garrett Strawn became the 10th, 11th and 12th student-athletes in program history to earn the distinction twice. 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW...

  • The Opponents -- The Vikings were edged by Simon Fraser (11-4-1, 7-3-1) on a golden goal in the 109th minute during double overtime when the team's met in Bellingham on Oct. 14...visiting WWU defeated Concordia (4-9-2, 3-6-1) with four goals in the first half for a 4-2 win on Sept. 30...Garrett Strawn (goal, 2 assists), Anthony Dean (2 goals) and Stephen Jinneman (goal) led WWU offensively.
  • Back Home -- WWU returns to Harrington Field on Saturday after playing four consecutive road games...WWU is 3-3-2 at home this year and 3-1-1 in GNAC play at home during the season.
  • Balanced Attack -- Eight players have scored a goal for WWU in 2017...four players have at least 3 goals...Anthony Dean is tied for 2nd in the GNAC with 10 goals...Stephen Jinneman, Drew Farnsworth and Luke Olney have each scored 3 goals to rank tied for 2nd on the team.
  • Offensive Opportunities -- The Vikings rank 2nd in the GNAC and 58th nationally in shots per game (14.73) with 221 total shots...rank 3rd in GNAC and 60th nationally with 5.47 corner kicks per game average (82 total)...Anthony Dean ranks 20th nationally with a 4.07 shots per game average as well as tied for 30th with a 1.87 shots on goal per game average.
  • To the Tournament -- WWU earned the program's first-ever NCAA II Tournament berth in 2016, advancing to the second round of the tournament.
  • 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 41-32-15 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...

4
Ties for WWU during 2017 to tie with the 2016 and 1974 seasons for most ties in a season.

6
WWU seniors who will be honored prior to the start of Saturday's game against Concordia.

11
Vikings named to the GNAC All-Academic Team last week to set a program record.

23
Points via 10 goals and 3 assists for senior forward Anthony Dean to rank in a tie for 2nd among GNAC leaders in goals and points.

69
Career games played for senior midfielder Luke Olney to rank in a tie for 11th among most games played in a WWU career.

 

SERIES HISTORY...here is a look at the all-time series history between WWU its opponents:

  • Simon Fraser → SFU leads the all-time series 38-16-7...Vikings were 1-0-1 against the Clan last year, tying 1-1 after double overtime in Burnaby before winning, 1-0, in Bellingham to give Clan their first loss of season...WWU was edged, 1-0, in double overtime during first meeting of 2017...Clan are 62-4-3 at home in their NCAA era (since 2010) with a tie coming against WWU last season...WWU is 1-2-2 in last 5 meetings vs. Simon Fraser.
  • Concordia → WWU leads the all-time series 7-5-1...Anthony Dean scored a golden goal in the 105th minute during overtime to give WWU a 2-1 victory against the Cavaliers the last time in the team's played in Bellingham during 2016...Vikings have won the last three matchups between the teams.

STRONG START...WWU opened the conference schedule 5-0-1 and had a nine-game unbeaten streak ended Oct. 14 against Simon Fraser...the start was part of a larger 10-0-2 record in GNAC games spanning the end of the 2016 regular season and start of 2017...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.

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 ranks in a tie for 2nd in the GNAC with 23 points and is also tied for 2nd with 10 goals...has a goal in eight games­ with two multi-goal games...has a point in 10 of 15 games...ranks tied for 63rd nationally in total points...tie for 53rd nationally in total goals as well as tied for 47th in goals per game average (.67) and tied for 50th in points per game average (1.53)...ranks 20th in shots per game (4.07) and tied for 30th in shots on goal per game (1.87).

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 14 career shutouts to rank in 3rd in program history in the category...for the season, he ranks 2nd in the GNAC with a 1.34 goals-against average and leads the conference with a .735 save percentage...he totaled 17 saves over two games last week, including a career-high tying 10 saves last Thursday against Northwest Nazarene.

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 HONORED...Drew 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, 6-3-3 in the GNAC last year...returns 10 starters and 18 letter winners from­­­ last year's squad...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...Updated GNAC standings through Nov. 1...

Standings

GNAC

Pts.

Pct.

Overall

Pts.

Pct.

GF

GA

Home

Away

Neutral

Last 10

Streak

Seattle Pacific

7-3-1

22

.682

11-4-1

34

.719

36

24

5-3-1

6-1-0

0-0-0

8-2-0

W2

Simon Fraser

6-2-2

20

.700

10-2-3

33

.767

35

14

6-0-0

2-2-3

2-0-0

6-2-2

T1

MSU Billings

6-5-0

18

.545

8-9-0

24

.471

29

34

5-3-0

2-5-0

1-1-0

5-5-0

W3

Western Washington

5-3-2

17

.600

6-5-4

22

.533

25

22

3-3-2

3-2-2

0-0-0

5-3-2

L1

Northwest Nazarene

3-4-3

12

.450

6-6-3

21

.500

21

25

2-2-2

4-4-1

0-0-0

3-4-3

T2

Concordia (Ore.)

3-6-1

10

.350

4-9-2

14

.333

23

33

4-4-1

0-5-1

0-0-0

3-6-1

L2

Saint Martin's

1-8-1

4

.150

1-13-1

4

.100

2

47

1-3-1

0-8-0

0-2-0

1-8-1

L2

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