WWU meets two of strongest programs in Pacific West Conference
September 10, 20122, BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Performing well in splitting two season-opening road games, Western Washington University plays host this week to two of the strongest men’s soccer programs in the Pacific West Conference.
The Vikings meet Notre Dame de Namur on Thursday, Sept. 12 (3 p.m.) and Hawaii Pacific on Saturday, Sept. 14 (7 p.m.) at Orca Field on the Whatcom CC campus.
WWU began its campaign with a tough 2-1 overtime loss against Metro State, but bounced back with a convincing 4-1 victory over Colorado Christian.
Forward Andrew Weishaar (Sr., Snohomish) scored the Vikings’ goal against Metro State, knotting the score at 1-1 in the 75th minute. He also had two assists versus Colorado Christian as four different players scored for WWU, two of them freshmen.
Weishaar earned Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Week honorable mention as did defender Bailey Martin (Sr., Tacoma/Stadium).
The Colorado Christian win was the first collegiate victory for Greg Brisbon, who is in his first year as head coach after being WWU’s top assistant for 12 of the last 13 seasons.
Notre Dame de Namur enters 1-1-0, losing 2-1 in overtime to Cal State Monterey Bay and shutting out Cal State East Bay, 1-0. The Argonauts were 13-5-1 last year and won the PacWest title in 2008.
Hawaii Pacific (1-1-0), which plays at Simon Fraser on Thursday, opened with a 4-2 win over Chaminade and tied Cal State San Bernardino 0-0 in overtime. The Sea Warriors took the 2011 PacWest crown.
Following the two-game home stand, WWU begins GNAC play on the road, traveling to Northwest Nazarene on Sept. 19 and Montana State Billings on Sept. 21.