Western Washington University gave up two goals just five minutes apart midway through the first half in falling 3-1 to nationally ranked Seattle Pacific University on Thursday, Oct. 2, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men’s soccer contest at Interbay Stadium on the SPU campus.
The Vikings dropped to 2-5-1 overall and 0-3-1 in the GNAC with their third straight loss. They have met four nationally ranked opponents this fall and are 1-2-1 in those contests.
SPU, rated No. 7 in this week’s Division II Top 25 Poll, remained unbeaten at 7-0-1 overall. The Falcons are atop GNAC standings at 4-0-0.
SPU took a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute, Stephen MacDonald scoring his third goal of the season. His shot from 12 yards out off a quick free kick by Danny Olivas found the lower right corner of the goal
Just over five minutes later, the Falcons’ Chaz Jenkins scored his first goal of the year off a corner kick by Jordan Kollars, knocking in the rebound from six yards.
WWU cut the deficit to 2-1 in the 42nd minute as Trevor Bartels scored from 16 yards for his first collegiate goal. Credited with an assist was Luke Olney.
The Falcons increased their lead to 3-1 in the 71st minute when Bryson Pavel scored his first goal of the campaign from 25 yards.