WWU announces 2013 men’s soccer schedule

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WWU announces 2013 men’s soccer schedule

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — The Western Washington University men’s soccer team will make nine home appearances in 2013, ending the regular season with five straight contests at Orca Field on the Whatcom Community College campus. Those games highlight its schedule announced Wednesday, August 7, by first-year head coach Greg Brisbon.

          The Vikings, who entertain Trinity Lutheran in an exhibition game on August 30 at 5 p.m., begin their campaign with two games at Denver, Colo., meeting Metro State on Sept. 6 and Colorado Christian on Sept. 8.

          WWU makes its home debut on Sept. 12 (3 p.m.) against Notre Dame de Namur and plays host to Hawaii Pacific on Sept. 14 (7 p.m.).

          The Vikings also entertain Mary (7:30 p.m.) on Sept. 26 and South Dakota School of Mines on Sept. 28 (7 p.m.) in Great Northwest Athletic Conference action. They conclude the regular season with league home contests against Montana State Billings on Oct. 24 (7:30 p.m.), Northwest Nazarene on Oct. 26 (7 p.m.), Seattle Pacific on Oct. 31 (7:30 p.m.), Saint Martin’s on Nov. 3 (1 p.m.) and Simon Fraser on Nov. 9 (7 p.m.).

          WWU travels to Northwest Nazarene on Sept. 19, Montana State Billings on Sept. 21, Saint Martin’s on Oct. 3, Seattle Pacific on Oct. 5, Simon Fraser on Oct. 12, South Dakota Mines on Oct. 17 and Mary on Oct. 19. All of those are conference counters.

          Last year, the Vikings finished 8-8-2 and placed fifth in the GNAC at 6-6-2. Their biggest win was a 3-1 upset of nationally No.11-ranked Seattle Pacific.

Seven starters and 17 letter winners return from that squad, led by forward Andrew Weishaar (Sr., Puyallup), who was a second-team GNAC star as he tied for the team league in goals with seven, three of them game winners. Also back are three players who received GNAC honorable mention, goalkeeper Keegan Rogers (Jr., Portland, OR/Portland Christian), who had a 1.29 goals against average and five shutouts; midfielder Kurtis Pederson (So., Puyallup/Bellarmine Prep), who had three assists; and defender Uche Ugwoaba (So., Burien/Highline). Another top returnee is forward Austin Curtis (So., Bonney Lake), who scored two of his three goals in the victory over Seattle Pacific.