WWU cruises past Trinity Lutheran 6-1 in final exhibition


Paul Madison

August 31, 2013, Bellingham, WA (ISN) – Tye Hastings (Jr., Mill Creek/Jackson) and James Molyneux-Elliott (Fr., Issaquah/Skyline) each scored two goals and Leonard Kusina (So., Fairvbault, MN) had two assists as Western Washington University cruised to a 6-1 win over Trinity Lutheran College Friday in a men’s soccer exhibition contest at Orca Field on the Whatcom CC campus.

It was the final exhibition for the Vikings, who open their regular season with road games at Denver against Metro State on Friday, Sept. 6 (3:30 p.m.) and versus Colorado Christian on Sunday, Sept. 8 (1 p.m.).

Andrew Weishaar (Sr., Puyallup) gave the Vikings a 1-0 lead in the 32nd minute with a goal following a bad clearance by the TLC goalkeeper. Uche Ugwoaba (So., Burien/Highline) and Gabriele Zaccagnini (Jr., Olympia/Capital) were each credited with assists.

A goal by Molyneux-Elliott on a free kick in the 41st minute put WWU ahead 2-0 at halftime. Bailey Martin (Sr., Tacoma/Stadium) received an assist.

Hastings made it 3-0 with a goal in the 50th minute off a thru ball by Matt Temple (So., Beaverton. OR).

Hastings also scored in the 64th minute on an assist by Kusina, who split three defenders. Less than four minutes later, Kusina assisted on another goal, this one by Temple.

TLC averted a shutout as it scored in the final minute. Kevin Ahlqvist Faye hit from 16 yards. Sergio Martinez was credited with an assist.

Eighteen seconds later Molyneux-Elliott scored on a rebound shot from 14 yards.

WWU finished 1-1-1 in three exhibitions, losing 1-0 at Fraser Valley on Aug. 27 and tying 1-1 at Trinity Western on Aug. 24.

Friday, Aug. 30, 2013

Bellingham, WA (Orca Field, Whatcom CC)

Western Washington 5, Trinity Lutheran 0

Scoring – 1. WWU, Andrew Weishaar (Uche Ugwoaba, Gabriele Zaccagnini), 31:44; 2. WWU, James Molyneux-Elliott (Bailey Martin), 40:39; 3. WWU, Tye Hastings (Matt Temple), 49:07; 4. WWU, Hastings (Leonard Kusina), 63:06; 5. WWU, Temple (Kusina), 66:44; 6. TLC, Kevin Ahlqvist Faye (Sergio Martinez), 89:22, 7. Molyneux-Elliott (unassisted), 89:40

Shots – WWU 26, TLC 9

Saves – WWU 3 (Keegan Rogers 1, Nico Terentjev 2), TLC 8 (Luis Godinez 8).

Corner kicks – WWU 3, TLC 0

Fouls – WWU 16, TLC 23

Attendance: 112