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Two early goals stand up as WWU gets second victory

September 13, 2013, BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Western Washington University scored twice in a 1:21 span early in the first half then survived a second-half onslaught to claim a 2-1 triumph over Notre Dame de Namur University on Thursday in men’s soccer action at Orca Field on the Whatcom CC campus.

Troy McCarty (Fr., Snohomish) and Andrew Weishaar (Sr., Puyallup) scored for WWU, which improved to 2-1-0.

NDNU fell to 1-2-0, Jack Ewert scored in the 41st minute for the Argonauts.

McCarty opened the scoring in the 11th minute, heading home a free kick from the left by Jeremy Wentzel (So., Edmonds/Edmonds-Woodway).

A little over a minute later, the Vikings scored again. A long ball by Uche Ugwoaba (So., Burien/Highline) from nearly the same spot as Wentzel’s free kick found Weishaar, who headed the ball back across the goal for a 2-0 lead.

Leading 2-1 at halftime, Western then was on the defensive for an extended period of the second half as the Argonauts had a 6-0 advantage in shot attempts through the first 34 minutes.

NDNU’s final good opportunity came in the 83rd minute, when Adam Hughes got free behind the Viking defense but fired wide from 15 yards out.

“Today was a team effort,” said first-year WWU head coach Greg Brisbon. “Everyone did a job, and sometimes in different places from where they would usually play. We had two fantastic goals to open the game that really helped us.”

WWU entertains Hawaii Pacific on Saturday, Sept. 14 (7 p.m.).