Wolves men’s soccer opens GNAC play in Washington starting Thursday
Seattle Pacific (1-3-3)
4:30 p.m. Thursday | Interbay Stadium | Seattle, WA
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Western Oregon (1-3-1)
#20 Western Washington (4-0-3)
7 p.m. Saturday | Harrington Field | Bellingham, WA
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MONMOUTH, Oregon –— The Western Oregon men’s soccer team opens GNAC play on the road as Wolves hit the road to take on Seattle Pacific at 4:30 p.m. Thursday and No. 20 Western Washington at 7 p.m. Saturday.
WOLVES ENTER THE WEEK | 2022 STATISTICS
Western Oregon hasn’t played since hosting 10th-ranked Dominguez Hills — losing just 1-0 — on Sept. 9 before playing to a scoreless tie against Stanislaus State on Sept. 11.
Alex Grignon continues to lead WOU on three points with a goal and an assist while Abraham Villalobos has a goal to hit with a team-best eight shots and three on goal. Chester March leads the team in minutes – after playing all 450 Ben Mitchell is second on the team with 397. To the keeper, Juan Suarez played 426 minutes while making all five starts while averaging 1.69 GA, 30 saves, .789 save percentage and two shutouts while facing 78 shots.
SEATTLE PACIFIC ENTRY IN THE WEEK | 2022 STATISTICS
The Falcons went 1-0-1 last week, taking on Point Loma for a 3-3 draw on Thursday while earning their first victory of the season with a 5-1 victory over Concordia-Irvine on Saturday.
Seattle Pacific has a pair of players with three goals apiece in Demian Alvarez and Andrew Tran with Tran adding an assist to own a team-best seven points on the year. The team’s top two shooters this season are goalless this season in Alden Massey (16 shots) and Judah Johnson (11 shots). Orlando Erazo has a team record with two assists. As a goaltender, Lars Helleren has played all but nine minutes this season for the Falcons and has a 1.59 GAA, 22 saves, .667 save percentage and two shutouts while facing 106 shots.
WESTERN WASHINGTON ENTRY IN THE WEEK | 2022 STATISTICS
The Vikings are coming off a 1-0-1 week where they beat Concordia-Irvine 2-0 and tied Point Loma 0-0.
Albin Jonsson has beaten the WWU with three goals and two assists this season with a team-high 16 shots (six on goal). No other Western Washington player has had multiple goals, though Dakota Samnes has three assists and Andrew Rotter and Diego Alvarado have two assists apiece. Theo Steinmentz didn’t find the back of the net, but has the team’s second-most shots with 13. At goalie, Patrick Restum has played all 630 minutes and is averaging 0.43, 23 saves, an .885 save percentage and five shutouts in seven games.
WESTERN OREGON MEN’S FOOTBALL NOTES
GAME 1, WIN 1…
Wolves opened their program history in impressive fashion – beating a strong Pacific side from Hawaii 1-0 on August 26. The first goal in program history came from a freshman. Alex Grignon in the 74th minute to definitively give the advantage to WOU.
GNAC TEAM OF THE WEEK – RELEASE
The Western Oregon men’s soccer team was named GNAC Team of the Week on Aug. 29 after Wolves won their first game in program history. Wolves beat Hawaii Pacific, 1-0, at WOU Soccer Field on Friday – a Sharks side that had eight wins to their name a season ago and fired much of their starting lineup.
“My staff and team are honored to receive this recognition,” said the WOU Men’s Soccer Coach. Stan Rodrigues said. “It’s been a long time coming and building the first-ever team has seen many great moments. We know GNAC is fiercely competitive and we’re proud to be a part of it.”