Goalkeeper Keegan Rogers had six saves, three of them in overtime, helping Western Washington secure a 0-0 tie against Northwest Nazarene on Thursday, Sept. 13, in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's soccer opener for both schools at Whatcom Community College.
The result gives the Vikings, who are unbeaten in their last three games, a 2-2-1 mark overall. Northwest Nazarene is now 1-2-2 overall.
"Both teams had chances that they would normally finish and didn't, and that's why it ended 0-0," WWU associate head coach Greg Brisbon said in a press release.
The shots were even at 21-21, but NNU had the best chance to claim a late winner, earning a free kick on the edge of the penalty area in the 107th minute. Jon Curry's curling effort forced Rogers to make a diving save.
WWU's best opportunity in overtime came in the 104th minute, when Leonard Kusina (Fr., Fairbault, MN) won a loose ball and played a cross into the goal area only to have it headed clear.
The Vikings had an 11-5 advantage in shots in the first half, but the Crusaders controlled large portions of the second half, creating a series of good chances midway through the period.
"We had about a 25-minute stretch where we got away from what we're good at, which is where they got a lot of chances," said Brisbon. "At the end of the second half and in overtime, we got back to the game plan."