Western Washington University suffered its first home loss of the season, falling 1-0 to nationally ranked Seattle Pacific University on Saturday night, Sept. 29, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's soccer game at Orca Field.
The Vikings fell to 4-5-1 overall and 2-3-1 in the GNAC with the defeat.
Blaine Carver scored the game-winner for Seattle Pacific, which improved to 7-1-2 overall and 3-1-2 in conference play. The Falcons are ranked No. 3 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll.
"I'm proud of our guys, they did everything we asked of them," said WWU coach Travis Connell. "We came in with energy and stuck to the game plan. We created enough chances to score, but they didn't go in, and SPU scored a good goal."
The Falcons got the game-winner in the 61st minute. Danny Olivas won the ball with pressure in the WWU end, dribbled to the end line and fired in a low cross from the right that Carver deflected in from the mouth of the goal.
WWU's best chance to equalize came in the 89th minute. Kurtis Peterson played a ball into the penalty area from the attacking edge of the center circle, and Justin Moore had a looping header from eight yards go just wide of the left post.