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
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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.