Vikings to Face Dixie State in NCAA First Round

Nov. 9, 2016

   

2016 NCAA DIVISION II SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIPS

First & Second Rounds / Triton Soccer Stadium  / La Jolla, CA

Friday, November 11 (First Round)

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(6) Western Washington vs (3) Dixie State, 12 pm

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Sunday, November 13 (Second Round)

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(2) UC San Diego vs. WWU or Dixie State, 12 pm

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WHAT'S HAPPENING...the Western Washington University men's soccer team (9-4-4, 6-3-3 GNAC) travels to UC San Diego to face Dixie State on Friday at noon in the first round of the NCAA Division II Tournament...the Vikings were selected to the tournament for the first time in program history and enter the tournament as the No. 6-seeded team in the West Region...Dixie State is the No. 3-seeded team in the West Region...the winner of Friday's game will advance to face host and No. 2-seeded UC San Diego on Sunday at noon.

HOW TO FOLLOW... Both matches hosted by UC San Diego will feature Live Stats and a Webcast which can be found on the Western Washington men's soccer schedule.

THE TOURNAMENT...the NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Championship tournament consists of 38 teams from eight regions in a single-elimination tournament...the field is composed of six teams apiece from the East, Midwest, Southeast and West regions along with four teams each from the Atlantic, South and South Central regions as well as two teams from the Central Region...teams are paired within their respective regions for the first and second rounds...click the links to view interactive and printable brackets.

THE WEST REGION BRACKET...the six West Region teams selected to the tournament will play in two locations during the first and second rounds (opening weekend) of the tournament...there will be two West Region teams remaining after the first and second rounds of the tournament...the highest-remaining seed from the West Region after the opening weekend will host the next two rounds and be joined by South Central Region advancing teams...for the opening weekend (first and second rounds) in the West Region, UC San Diego, the No. 2 seed, hosts No. 3 seed Dixie State and No. 6 seed Western Washington in La Jolla, California, while No. 1 seed Simon Fraser hosts No. 4 seed Sonoma State and No. 5 seed Cal Poly Pomona at Seattle Pacific University.

DIXIE STATE [Website | Roster | Schedule]...The all-time series between Dixie State and Western Washington is 2-0-0 in favor of the Vikings...the Trailblazers are the champions of the Pacific West Conference and are also making their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament...Dixie State, ranked No. 19 in the latest NSCAA poll, is 15-3-0 overall and 13-0-0 in the PacWest...the Trailblazers enter the tournament on a 15-match win streak...the season win total is a school record and Dixie State became just the second team to go unbeaten and untied in PacWest play during a season...the Trailblazers rank among the top 25 nationally in several categories...Dixie State is eighth nationally in save percentage (.839), 12th in win percentage (.833), 18th in goals-against average (.77) and 24th in shot on goal per game (7.72).

UC San Diego [Website | Roster | Schedule]...The all-time series between UC San Diego and Western Washington is 3-2-0 in favor of the Vikings...the Tritons will make their third NCAA Division II Tournament appearance in the last four seasons...UC San Diego won both the regular season and postseason tournament titles in the California Collegiate Athletic Association...the Tritons are 16-2-2 overall and went 9-2-1 in CCAA action...UC San Diego is yet to lose a game at home this season (9-0-1) and is 11-1-1 over its last 13 games...UC San Diego is ranked No. 10 in the nation in the latest NSCAA poll...the Tritons rank second nationally in save percentage (.859) and third in both shutout percentage (.60) and goals-against average (.48), as well as ninth in win percentage (.850) and 26th in total assists (34).

LAST WEEK...Western Washington concluded the GNAC schedule with wins over No. 3 Simon Fraser (1-0) and Concordia (5-1)...the Vikings topped previously-unbeaten Simon Fraser on Senior Night on a game-winning goal coming in the 82nd minute from freshman forward Christian Rotter with an assist from senior midfielder Eleazar Galvan...last Saturday the Vikings rolled by Concordia, 5-1, scoring 3 goals over an 11-minute span during the second half en route to the commanding victory.

HISTORY MADE...the Vikings are headed to the NCAA Division II Tournament for the first time in program history...click the link to see the reaction of the Vikings finding out they had been selected and click the link to see team captains Tyler Visten and Luke Olney talk about the upcoming postseason.

SOCCER U...both the Western Washington women's (fifth consecutive) and men's (first ever) soccer programs advanced to the NCAA Division II Championships...Western is one of 13 Division II schools where both programs advanced to the NCAA Championships, joining Lenoir-Rhyne, Limestone, Fort Hays State, Rockhurst, West Chester, Charleston (WVa), Adelphi, LIU Post, Sonoma State, UC San Diego, Midwestern State and St. Edward's.

GNAC AWARDS...The GNAC conference office announced the men's soccer all-conference awards on Tuesday...head coach Greg Brisbon was named Co-Coach of the Year along with Simon Fraser's Clint Schneider...six Vikings earned All-GNAC recognition...click the link to read the full release on the Western Washington All-GNAC honorees.

WHAT A FINISH...the Vikings are unbeaten over their last six games, finishing the regular season 5-0-1 and outscoring opponents 14-2 in that span...the finish includes a current five-game win streak...after a 3-1 loss to Montana State-Billings on Oct. 13 the Vikings were 1-3-3 in the GNAC and in fifth place...the finish helped Western Washington conclude the season in a tie for second place with Northwest Nazarene behind Simon Fraser...the second-place finish was the highest conference finish for the Vikings since 2009.

SECOND-HALF SURGE...the Vikings have scored 9 of their last 10 goals in the second half ...over the last four games the Vikings have broken ties in each contest with second-half goals...for the season as a whole, 18 of the 29 goals scored by Western Washington have come in the second half.

OFFENSIVE OUTBURST...the Vikings 5 goals scored against Concordia was a season-high total...the total was the highest in a game since the Vikings topped the University of Mary, 6-1, on Nov. 1, 2014.

SHUTOUT STREAK...Western Washington had a streak of four consecutive shutouts snapped with a 5-1 win in the last game of the regular season at Concordia...for the season, the Vikings have totaled 8 shutouts to rank in a tie with the 2007 Vikings for second-most in a season by a Western Washington team since 2000.

NOT IN THE NET... Vikings rank in a tie for 20th among NCAA II teams in shutout percentage (.47)...Vikings are tied for the GNAC lead in shutouts (8)...Western Washington ranks second in goals-against average (.83) and goals allowed (15)...Western Washington has allowed more than 2 goals in a game just twice this season...junior goalkeeper Tyler Visten ranks second in the conference with a .84 goals-against average, which ranks 27th in NCAA II, and second in the GNAC with a .783 save percentage...Visten is also second among conference leaders with 7 shutouts and fourth with 54 saves.

GOOD GOAL NUMBERS...the Vikings have allowed only 15 goals this season after allowing 31 goals last season...offensively the Vikings have already scored 29 goals this season after totaling 22 goals during the 2015 season.

NOT OVER UNTIL OVERTIME...six of the 17 games for the Vikings in 2016 have reached overtime...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' four ties during the 2016 season equals the school record for ties in a season...the 1974 Vikings also tied four times.

PUTTING THE PRESSURE ON...Western Washington finished the regular season second in the GNAC with 105 corner kicks...the Vikings are averaging 6.18 corner kicks per contest...Western Washington has also taken 291 shots (17.12 shots per game) to rank second in the GNAC...the shot average for Western Washington ranks 19th nationally.

BALANCED ATTACK...seven players for the Vikings have scored multiple goals on the season...junior forward Anthony Dean leads Western Washington with 8 goals while senior midfielder Eleazar Galvan and freshman forward Christian Rotter have each scored 4 goals...senior defender Brady Ulen and junior midfielder Luke Olney have each scored 3 goals...freshman midfielder Jeremiah Lee and junior forward Drew Barker have each scored twice...in all, 10 players have scored at least 1 goal this season out of the Vikings 29 total goals scored.

IMMEDIATE IMPACT...junior forward Anthony Dean, a transfer from Bellevue College, leads Western Washington this season with 8 goals and 5 assists...he ranks fifth in the GNAC with 21 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).

ASSIST STREAK...Senior midfielder Eleazar Galvan, who leads the Vikings with 6 assists and ranks second on the team with 14 points, has 1 assist in each of his last five games...over the last seven games of the regular season, Galvan has scored 3 goals and totaled 5 assists to help the playoff push for Western Washington.

AMONG THE RECORD HOLDERS...junior goalkeeper Tyler Visten is tied for second in single-season program history with 7 clean sheets...Darin Laier holds the record (9) set in 2001...7 clean sheets have also been achieved by Keegan Rogers (2013), Ben Dragavon (2002) and Michael Lockwood (2007).

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.

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.

GNAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK...The Vikings were honored with a GNAC Player of the Week award four times during the regular season...senior defender Brady Ulen earned the defensive player of the week honor twice (Sept. 19, Nov. 7) while senior midfielder Eleazar Galvan (Oct. 31 - offensive) and junior goalkeeper Tyler Visten (Sept. 6 - defensive) have each received the honor once.

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...Western Washington became the first team to defeat Simon Fraser this season with a 1-0 win last week...Western Washington finished the regular season tied for second place with Northwest Nazarene...five teams tied at least twice in GNAC play...each of the seven schools that sponsor men's soccer played 12 conference matches.

Standings

Conference

Pts

Pct.

GF

GA

 

Overall

Pts

Pct.

GF

GA

Simon Fraser

9-1-2

29

.833

33

9

 

14-1-2

44

.882

44

11

Western Washington

6-3-3

21

.625

22

13

 

9-4-4

31

.647

29

15

Northwest Nazarene

6-3-3

21

.625

19

17

 

9-5-4

31

.611

35

29

MSU Billings

5-4-3

18

.542

27

20

 

9-6-3

30

.583

40

24

Seattle Pacific

4-4-4

16

.500

20

20

 

6-6-5

23

.500

33

28

Saint Martin's

2-9-1

7

.208

18

40

 

3-13-1

10

.206

24

59

Concordia (Ore.)

1-9-2

5

.167

14

34

 

4-10-3

15

.324

27

41

GNAC TEAM STATISTICS...the Vikings finished the regular season allowed the second-fewest goals in the GNAC (15)...also finished the regular season second in the GNAC in shots (291), corners (105) and save percentage (79.2)...updated GNAC statistics through Wednesday:

Team Summaries

GP

GF-GA

Score-Avg

Margin

PK-Att

Shots

Saves

Save%

Corners

Concordia (Ore.)

17

27-41

1.59-2.41

-0.82

4-4

179

76

65.0

75

MSU Billings

18

40-24

2.22-1.33

+0.89

1-2

300

58

70.7

93

Northwest Nazarene

18

35-29

1.94-1.61

+0.33

6-7

264

116

80.0

86

Saint Martin's

17

24-59

1.41-3.47

-2.06

1-1

177

89

60.1

57

Seattle Pacific

17

33-28

1.94-1.65

+0.29

2-3

240

76

73.1

80

Simon Fraser

17

44-11

2.59-0.65

+1.94

2-2

279

40

78.4

108

Western Washington

17

29-15

1.71-0.88

+0.82

3-5

291

57

79.2

105

GNAC COACHES POLL...Western Washington entered the season picked to finish sixth by the GNAC Preseason Coaches Poll before finishing in a tie for second in 2016...finished seventh 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

Goals scored by the Vikings against Concordia, a season-high total.

9

Second-half goals scored by Western Washington out the last 10 goals scored by the Vikings.

11

Points by senior midfielder Eleazar Galvan (3 goals, 5 assists) over his last seven games.

13

Schools in the nation with both men's and women's soccer teams in their respective national tournaments. Western Washington is one of those schools.

15

Goals allowed by the Vikings in 2016, the second-lowest mark in the conference.

6

Vikings earned All-GNAC honors for the 2016 season.

COACH BRISBON...Greg Brisbon enters his fourth season as head coach of the WWU men's soccer program...directed the Vikings to a 34-26-11 record as head coach...has led Vikings to first appearance in NCAA Division II Tournament appearance in program history and was named 2016 GNAC Co-Coach of the Year...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 seventh 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 second-team selections to the 2015 GNAC Men's Soccer All-Conference Team...Talley led the team and tied for third 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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