Western Washington University's men's soccer team is less than 13 days away from kicking off its season with a non-conference matchup against Seattle University at the freshly-built Robert S. Harrington Field.
The Vikings return from an 11-4-3 2013 season, losing only a few veterans between then and now. Over the course of this week, I'll look at five players that will be pivotal to WWU's continued success this season.
Keegan Rogers (Sr., goal keeper)
The success of most soccer teams doesn't necessarily hinge on one position entirely, but to have a strong goalie can hide many deficiencies. The Vikings have just that. Rogers, who started 17 of 18 games last season, set a school record with a 0.67 goals-against average, including seven shutouts. He's third in school history with 12 career shutouts, and was a Great Northwest Athletic Conference all-star last season. Other accolades he received last year: Third-team National Coaches Associated of American West Region and Northwest Athletic Conference all-star. If Rogers can start this season the way he finished last season, by allowing just two goals over the final seven games, WWU may be playoff bound.