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Hastings’ early goal stands as Vikings upset No. 9 UC San Diego

Forward Tye Hastings scored the only goal in the sixth minute as the Western Washington University men’s soccer team upset ninth-ranked UC San Diego, 1-0, on Saturday night, Sept. 6, in a non-conference men’s soccer contest at Triton Soccer Stadium in San Diego.

The Vikings, who evened their record at 1-1, had two near misses in the second half. A header by Matt Temple off a corner kick hit the crossbar in the 59th minute, and Hastings had another solid opportunity in the 82nd minute.

The Tritons fell to 1-1. They had a 13-9 advantage in shots.

“Our guys came in and battled,” WWU head coach Greg Brisbon said in a press release. “Hastings got a great goal, and then we defended and had some counterattack chances as well. Everyone put in the effort tonight.

“UC San Diego is a quality team. I believe that they are one of the best teams on the West Coast.”

Hastings’ goal came on a bending left-footed shot from 30 yards out.

WWU goalkeeper Keegan Rogers made three saves in posting his 13th career shutout. That ties him for second among school career leaders and five short of the school record.

Brisbon praised the play of defenders Troy McCarty and Uche Ugwoaba and midfielder Kurtis Pederson.

WWU opened its season with a 3-0 loss at No.14 Cal State L.A. on Thursday, Sept. 4.

“Everyone played awesome and worked super hard tonight,” Brisbon said. “We lost pretty big in our last game, but they came back and battled. I was really proud of that. That’s what I wanted to see no matter what the result was.”

The Vikings return home to face Cal State East Bay at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Harrington Field.