Nov. 5, 2013
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -
Finishing one of its finest seasons and saying goodbye to four seniors, the Western Washington University men's soccer team entertains powerhouse Simon Fraser University on Saturday, Nov. 9 (7 p.m.), in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference contest at Orca Field on the Whatcom CC campus.
The Vikings, who have won five of their last six games, are 10-4-3 overall and third in the conference standings at 8-2-3. It is their first 10-win season in three years.
THE LAST MEETING
October 12, 2013
WWU loses 2-0 at No.9 Simon Fraser
Western Washington University's six-game unbeaten streak came to an end as the Vikings fell 2-0 to nationally ranked Simon Fraser University on Saturday in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's soccer contest at Terry Fox Field on the SFU campus.
Simon Fraser, ranked No.2 in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, is 15-1-1 overall and already has clinched the GNAC championship at 11-1-1.
The contest, which concludes a five-game home stand, will be the last for four WWU seniors. They are goalkeeper Leo Cohen (Seattle/Roosevelt), defender Dean Byron (Renton/Liberty), defender Bailey Martin (Tacoma/Stadium) and forward Andrew Weishaar (Puyallup).
Last week, WWU split a pair of games, falling 1-0 to Seattle Pacific, then rebounding with a 3-0 win over Saint Martin's.
Against Saint Martin's, midfielder Matt Temple (So., Beaverton, OR) scored a pair of goals, his first of the season, in a span of just over five minutes early in the second half.
Martin completed the scoring in the 78th minute with his first career goal, converting a penalty kick after Tye Hastings (R-Jr., Mill Creek/Jackson) was fouled in the goalmouth.
Weishaar is tied for first among GNAC leaders in game-winning goals with five, second in goals with nine, and third in points with 20. His 25 career goals are tied for fifth on WWU's all-time list.
The Vikings' Jeremy Wentzel (So., Edmonds/Edmonds-Woodway) has five assists, tying him for third in the GNAC.
WWU goalkeeper Keegan Rogers (Jr., Portland, OR/Portland Christian) is second in the league and 17th nationally in save percentage at .842 and third in the GNAC and 19th nationally in goals against average at 0.71. He has six shutouts, making 64 saves in 1,511:04 minutes.
Simon Fraser is the NCAA DII national leader in scoring offense (3.65) and total goals (62), while ranking No.2 in total points (169) and points per game (9.94), and third in total assists (45) and assists per game (2.65).
The Clan is led by Colin Jacques with eight goals and eight assists, and goalkeeper Brandon Watson with a 0.62 GAA and a .822 save percentage.
The Vikings are directed by Greg Brisbon, who is in his first year as head coach at WWU after being the top assistant for 12 of the last 13 seasons.
NOTES: Midway through the campaign, WWU had a six-game unbeaten streak (3-0-3), its longest since 2007 ... Three Vikings have earned GNAC Player of the Week honors this season with the offensive award going to Weishaar and defensive accolades to Troy McCarty (Fr., Snohomish) and Martin.
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
2013 Men's Soccer Report Week 9 (Nov. 5, 2013)
W L T GF GA Pts W L T GF GA
y-Simon Fraser 11 1 1 45 7 34 15 1 1 62 12
Seattle Pacific 9 1 3 21 9 30 11 2 3 25 10
Western Washington 8 2 3 17 8 27 10 4 3 24 13
Saint Martin's 5 6 2 16 23 17 5 10 2 18 35
Northwest Nazarene 4 6 3 17 19 15 4 7 5 20 24
MSU Billings 3 6 4 14 20 13 3 9 5 17 27
University of Mary 2 8 3 13 28 9 2 10 3 15 33
South Dakota Mines 0 12 1 8 37 1 0 15 1 8 45\
y-clinched GNAC regular season title
LAST WEEK: Thursday - Northwest Nazarene 1 at Mary 2 (ot); Montana State Billings 1 at South Dakota Mines 1 (ot); Seattle Pacific 1 at Western Washington 0; Saint Martin's 0 at Simon Fraser 1 Saturday - Montana State Billings 0 at Mary 0 (ot); Northwest Nazarene 2 at South Dakota Mines 0; Seattle Pacific 0 at Simon Fraser 1 Sunday - Saint Martin's 0 at Western Washington 3.
THIS WEEK: Wednesday - Seattle Pacific at Cal Baptist, 2:30 p.m.; Saturday - Seattle Pacific at Saint Martin's, 1 p.m.; Montana State Billings at Northwest Nazarene, 2 p.m.; Mary at South Dakota Mines, 5:30 p.m.; Simon Fraser at Western Washington, 7 p.m.
POLLS: NSCAA National (Nov. 5) - 2. Simon Fraser NSCAA West Region (Nov. 5) - 1. Simon Fraser 5. Seattle Pacific 9. Western Washington NCAA West Region (Oct. 30) - 4. Simon Fraser 5. Seattle Pacific.
NATIONAL STATISTICS (Top 30)
TEAM: Scoring Offense - T-1. Simon Fraser (3.65) Total Goals - T-1. Simon Fraser (62) Goals-Against Avg. - 10. Seattle Pacific (.59) 13. Simon Fraser (.69) 16. Western Washington (.73) Shutout Pct. - T-11. Simon Fraser (.53) T-14. Seattle Pacific (.50)W-L-T Pct. - 4. Simon Fraser (.912) T-15. Seattle Pacific (.781) Assists/Gm. - T-3. Simon Fraser (2.65) Saves/Gm. - 3. South Dakota Mines (7.13) Points/Gm. - 2. Simon Fraser (9.94) Save Pct. - 11. Seattle Pacific (.844) 14. Western Washington (.841) Total Assists - T-3. Simon Fraser (45) Total Pts. - 2. Simon Fraser (169)
INDIVIDUAL: Total Assists - T-20. Colin Jacques, SFU (8) Goals-Against Avg. - 11. Cody Lang, SPU (.594) 14. Brandon Watson, SFU (.622) 19. Keegan Rogers, WWU (.715) Goals/Gm. - T-25. Fredy Razo, NNU (.80) Pts./Gm. - T-29. Fredy Razo, NNU (1.73) Save Pct. - 15. Cody Lang, SPU (.844) 17. Keegan Rogers, WWU (.842) 25. Brandon Watson, SFU (.822) Saves/Gm. - 1. Timothy Tribbett, SDSMT (7.06) Total Saves - T-1. Timothy Tribbett, SDSMT (113) Total Goals - T-28. Fredy Razo, NNU (12)
RED LION PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Offense - Fredy Razo, NNU (F, 5-10, Jr., Irvine Valley, CA - Irvine Valley) led the GNAC with three goals last week. Razo scored the Crusaders' only goal in a 2-1 overtime loss to the University of Mary, and contributed both of NNU's goals in a 2-0 victory over South Dakota Mines on Saturday. Razo leads the GNAC in goals scored this season with 12 and total points with 26.
Defense - Brandon Watson, SFU (GK, 6-1, Fr., Victoria, BC - Coastal Carolina) posted a pair of shutouts, including a stellar overtime performance in the Clan's biggest game of the year against Seattle Pacific on Saturday. Watson's effort gave SFU a chance to win both games, and helped his team clinch its third consecutive GNAC championship title.
Honorable Mention - Matt Temple, WWU M, 5-8, So., Beaverton, OR - Beaverton) scored two goals as the Vikings cruised to a 3-0 victory over Saint Martin's in Bellingham on Saturday; Jovan Blagojevic, SFU (M, 6-0, Jr., Coquitlam, BC - Centennial Secondary) scored the game-winning goal in the waning minutes of overtime as SFU sealed its fourth-straight GNAC championship with a 1-0 victory over SPU; Luke Broz, NNU (D, 5-11, So., Boise, ID - Boise) helped anchor the Crusaders' back line in a 2-0 victory over SD Mines on Saturday; Keegan Rogers, WWU (GK, 6-1, Jr., Portland, OR - Portland Christian) earned a shutout on Saturday in WWU's 3-0 victory over SMU and played solid in a tough 1-0 defeat at the hands of SPU on Thursday.
CLAN CLINCH TITLE: Jovan Blagojevic punched home the game-winning goal as time ran down in the second period of overtime Saturday, simultaneously propelling SFU to its fourth consecutive GNAC title while putting a major dent in Seattle Pacific's postseason chances.
Blagojevic has seven goals this season, one behind Colin Jacques' team-leading mark of eight. The Clan were in danger of losing to a GNAC opponent more than once in the same season for the first time since joining the conference in 2010, but the dramatic victory also silenced the doubt surrounding that streak's security.
RAZO BACK IN FORM: Fredy Razo got back to his scoring ways last week, twice finding the net against South Dakota Mines to propel his team to a 2-0 victory. Razo also scored against Mary on Thursday in a tough 2-1 loss for the Crusaders. Without a goal from Razo in its previous three games, NNU had gone scoreless, posting an 0-3 record and dropping down the GNAC standings.
WWU'S WANING PLAYOFF HOPES: Western Washington fell behind early to SPU on Thursday, and could not recover despite taking nine shots and putting four on target. The 1-0 loss pushed the Vikings' postseason hopes from slim to microscopic, but a solid 3-0 victory over SMU on Saturday pushed the team towards ending the season on a high note.
TWO TOUGH TIES: MSU Billings battled through a pair of double-overtime draws last week, receiving a goal in the 67th minute from Thorge Jess that salvaged a point against SD Mines on Thursday. The Yellowjackets could not find the net on Saturday against Mary and were outshot by the Marauders despite taking 14 shots over 110 minutes.
HARD-EARNED FOR HARDROCKERS: SD Mines earned its first point of the season last week, as team-leader Michael McGraw scored his fourth goal of the season in the 1-1 draw. The Hardrockers are in their first season competing at the Division II level.
TOP SCORERS: Razo and WWU's Matt Temple were the only players to score more than once last week, as Razo pushed himself back into the NCAA leaders with three goals and Temple scored his first two goals of the season. Razo also led the GNAC with 11 shots last week, while Mary's Rory Pratt was close behind with 10.
Razo was twice assisted by Luke Broz, who was the only player besides Pratt to collect multiple assists last week.
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) Oct. 21-27 - Alaska Anchorage (Cross Country) Oct. 28 - Nov. 3 - Simon Fraser (Men's Soccer).
Men's Soccer: SFU Moves Up to No. 2 in Rankings (Nov. 5, 2013)
PORTLAND, Ore. - With arguably its toughest match of the season at hand, Simon Fraser came through in the clutch as the Clan defeated Seattle Pacific 1-0 in double overtime on Saturday. The victory ensured SFU's fourth-straight Great Northwest Athletic Conference title, and simultaneously paid back the Falcons for an earlier defeat this season.
Simon Fraser moved up one spot to No. 2 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America national rankings, and has solidified a path to the 2013 postseason.
Despite scoring just two goals last week, the Clan is tied for first in the NCAA in scoring offense (3.65), and is second in points per game (9.94) and total points (169). SFU is also the top-ranked GNAC team in terms of shutout percentage, as it checked in tied for 11th across Division II (.53).
Individually, Northwest Nazarene forward Fredy Razo jumped back into the top 30 in several offensive categories as he now ranks No. 25 in goals per game (.80) and is tied for 28th in total goals with 12.
RECAP: While the 1-0 win over Seattle Pacific (11-2-3, 9-1-3) was certainly the biggest of the season for Simon Fraser (15-1-1, 11-1-1 GNAC), it was not the only 1-0 result of the week for the Clan. SFU also battled Saint Martin's to the same ending score, playing with 10 men for the final 20 minutes of the match.
Seattle Pacific (11-2-3, 9-1-3) won a crucial match over Western Washington (10-4-3, 8-2-3) on Thursday, pushing its unbeaten streak to 15 and giving the Falcons momentum heading into the game against SFU.
Three goals from Northwest Nazarene (4-7-5, 4-6-3) forward Fredy Razo were a welcome sight for the Crusaders, who had gone scoreless in their previous three matches. Razo's goal against the University of Mary (2-10-3, 2-8-3) on Thursday wasn't enough as NNU fell in overtime, but his two tallies against South Dakota Mines (0-15-1, 0-12-1) pushed his team to a 2-0 victory.
Montana State Billings (3-9-5, 3-6-4) scored just one goal last week, as a 67th-minute tally from Thorge Jess helped the Yellowjackets salvage a point with a 1-1 double overtime draw against SD Mines.
AHEAD: GNAC play wraps up this Saturday, with SFU taking on WWU in a matinee matchup at 7 p.m. in Bellingham, Wash. Seattle Pacific travels to Cal Baptist for a non-conference road match on Wednesday, and plays at Saint Martin's on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Falcons can only hope that a pair of victories this week would keep them within the top-six in the NCAA West Region rankings.
MSU Billings wraps up its season against NNU in Nampa, while Mary heads south to take on SD Mines in Rapid Ci