After earning its first selection to the NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer Tournament, Western Washington decided to stick around for a little bit.
Brady Ulen scored two penalty-kick goals and logged an assist on Stephen Jinneman’s game-winning goal in overtime to help the sixth-seeded Vikings upset No. 3 seed Dixie State 3-2 in the first round of the West Regional Friday in San Diego.
“Our guys never gave up,” WWU coach Greg Brisbon said in a press release. “I thought we played pretty well as a team, we missed a lot of chances and gave them some chances. But I’m just proud the guys came back and stuck with the game plan, and you know we got a great goal in overtime.”
WWU (10-4-4) moves on to face No. 2 seed UC San Diego at noon Sunday.
Dixie State jumped on top just 5 minutes, 27 seconds in when Angel Estrada scored off an assist from Ather Dawood.
It wasn’t until the the 74:39 mark that Ulen scored on a penalty kick to knot the score, and he added a second, his fifth goal of the season, with 2:23 left in regulation.
But Blake Damato evened the score for Dixie State with 1:07 left in regulation to send the game to overtime.
In extra time, Ulen and Jeremiah Lee set up the game-winning header by Jinneman off a throw in 7:39 in to send WWU on to the second round.