Midfielder Gabriele Zaccagnini scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in the 68th minute, lifting Western Washington University to a 2-1 victory over University of Mary on Thursday, Oct. 9, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men’s soccer contest in Bismark, N.D.
It was the second straight win for the Vikings, who improved to 4-5-1 overall and 2-3-1 in the GNAC. It also was their second consecutive multi-goal game after not scoring more than one in their first eight contests.
U-Mary suffered its fifth straight loss in falling to 2-5-1 overall and 1-5-0 in GNAC action. The Marauders tied the game 1-1 in the 31st minute on a goal by Jordan Pearce, his seventh of the season, as he headed in a corner kick from Christoffer Nogueira.
“The guys played really good tonight,” WWU coach Greg Brisbon said in a news release. “I liked everyone’s effort to get that result. Mary is a tough place to play.”
Zaccagnini’s goal, his first of the year, came from five yards out on a cross from Marcus Tinsley (Fr., Federal Way/Todd Beamer).
WWU took a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute, Dan Anderson finding the net from 10 yards out. It was his second goal in as many games.
Trevor Bartels was credited with an assist on the score.