BELLINGHAM, Wash. - The Western Washington University men's soccer team placed four players on the National Soccer Coaches Association of American (NSCAA) NCAA Division II All-West Region Third Team, announced Wednesday.
All WWU selections were members of the 12-member Third Team. The NSCAA All-West Region Teams are composed of a First Team, Second Team, and Third Team.
- Tyler Visten (Jr., GK, Mount Vernon, WA/Skagit Valley College)
- Brady Ulen (Sr., D, Coeur d'Alene, ID/Post Falls/North Idaho College)
- Eleazar Galvan (Sr., M, Chelan, WA/Skagit Valley College)
- Anthony Dean (Jr., F, Amsterdam, The Netherlands/Bellevue College)
Ulen played a key role defensively from his center back position while also ranking among the offensive leaders for the Vikings. He finished the season third on the team with 12 points via 5 goals and 2 assists. He was instrumental in the NCAA Tournament opening round win for the Vikings against Dixie State, scoring 2 goals and assisting another goal in a 3-2 overtime win. Defensively, he helped the Vikings to rank 30th nationally with a .94 goals-against average and 29th with a .42 shutout percentage. WWU was second in the GNAC with 8 shutouts during the season.
Visten, a team captain, started every game in goal for the Vikings, recording a .95 goals-against average while totaling just shy of 1800 minutes played between the posts. His goals-against average and total shutouts both ranked second in the GNAC, while his save percentage (.765) was third and total saves (62) fourth. Visten posted 7 shutouts and was part of the 8th shutout of the season before subbing out of the game. His minutes played total ranked 17th nationally while his goals-against average was 36th-best in the nation.
Dean led the WWU offense with 21 points, scoring 8 goals to go along with 5 assists. On two occasions during the season, he scored twice and assisted a goal in a single game. Dean totaled at least 1 goal or 1 assist in 9 of the 19 games for WWU, finishing the season fifth in the GNAC among total points leaders, tied for fifth in goals scored and tied for 10th in assists. He helped the Vikings to rank 16th nationally and lead the GNAC with an average of just over 17 shots per game.
Galvan was second on the team in total points with 14, scoring 4 goals and assisting 6 goals. He played a key role in the Vikings reaching the NCAA Tournament after a 5-0-1 finish to the regular season, totaling at least 1 goal or 1 assist in each of the final 5 games of the regular season. Galvan finished the year ranked in a tie for fifth among GNAC assist leaders, was third in total shots (52) and fifth in shots per game (2.74).
Visten, Dean and Galvan had each previously been named GNAC Second Team selections while Ulen was a GNAC Honorable Mention choice.
The Vikings concluded the season 10-5-4 overall and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament, becoming the first team in program history to earn a berth to the NCAA Division II Tournament. The sixth-seeded Vikings earned the program's first tournament win in the first round against third-seeded Dixie State before falling to second-seeded UC San Diego in the second round.
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