Tye Hastings and Matt Temple each scored a pair of goals in their final collegiate home game to help Western Washington University to a 6-1 Senior Night victory over University of Mary on Saturday, Nov. 1, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men’s soccer contest at Harrington Field on the WWU campus.
The triumph was the seventh in the last nine games for the Vikings, who improved to 9-7-1 overall and 7-5-1 in the GNAC. Mary fell to 4-9-2 overall and 3-9-1 in conference play with its third consecutive loss. Hastings opened the scoring with a diving header just 3:08 into the contest, and notched his second of the game, and seventh on the season, by banging in a rebound in the 59th minute.
Temple, a junior in eligibility who is completing his career and graduating this spring, scored after finishing off a Chad Radulovich in the 34th minute, and then weaved his way through the penalty area to score from eight yards in the 54thminute.
Another graduating senior, Gabrielle Zaccagnini scored in the 33rd minute, and freshman Drew Barker wrapped up the WWU scoring, notching his first career goal with 2:33 remaining.
Jonathan Sellars scored the lone Marauder goal, heading in a Christoffer Nogueira corner in the 86th minute.
The Vikings had a narrow 16-14 edge in shot attempts, but put 10 on target to just two for Mary.
The six-goal outburst was the most for WWU since scoring seven against Northwest Nazarene in 2010. Radulovich had three assists just two days after scoring two goals in a 4-0 victory over South Dakota Mines.
A total of six Vikings played in their final home game. Along with Hastings, Temple and Zaccagnini, the others were Pat Cole, goalkeeper Keegan Rogers, and Caden Sowers.
WWU concludes its season with a GNAC contest at Simon Fraser on Sat., Nov. 8. (7 p.m.).