Men's Soccer Weekly Report

Nov. 12, 2014 Contact: Nathan Webber SPU Headlines “GNAC Tournament” in First Rounds of NCAA’s PORTLAND, Ore. – The GNAC doesn’t have a men’s soccer tournament, but three schools are making up for that in the first and second round of the NCAA tournament. Final Standings and Schedule GNAC Team W L *Seattle Pacific 12 1 Northwest Nazarene 11 2 Simon Fraser 9 3 Western Washington 7 6 Montana State Billings 6 7 Mary 4 9 Saint Martin’s 3 10 South Dakota Mines 0 14 *Clinched Regular Season Title GNAC champions Seattle Pacific received the No. 1 overall seed in Super Region IV and earned a first round bye. SPU will host the winner of the first round match between familiar foes Northwest Nazarene and Simon Fraser. NNU and SFU moved up one spot each in the last week of the regional rankings and were selected as a four and five seeds respectively. T 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 0 Pts 37 34 29 22 19 13 10 0 Overall W L 15 1 14 3 11 4 9 8 6 9 5 9 3 14 1 17 T 2 1 2 1 3 2 1 0 LAST WEEK’S RESULTS SATURDAY, NOV. 8 Mary 6, South Dakota Mines 1 Saint Martin’s 0, Seattle Pacific 0 Northwest Nazarene 3, Montana State Billings 0 Simon Fraser 2, Western Washington 0 This put all three GNAC teams on the same side of the bracket, meaning the conference will be guaranteed a spot in the Regional championship game. Northwest Nazarene and Simon Fraser play on Thursday at 3 p.m. Pacific at Interbay Stadium in Seattle. 2014 NCAA TOURNAMENT THURSDAY, NOV. 13 #5 Simon Fraser vs. #4 Northwest Nazarene, 3 p.m. At Interbay Stadium in Seattle, WA The Clan handed NNU its first home loss of the season just a few short weeks ago, avenging a 3-2 loss to the Crusaders in the third week of conference play. SATURDAY, NOV. 15 Winner of #5 SFU/#4 NNU at #1 Seattle Pacific, 7 p.m. At Interbay Stadium in Seattle, WA GNAC Player of the Year Jovan Blagojevic scored the matches only goal against the defensive Player of the Year in NNU’s Alfredo E. Ontiveros. That was one of only four goals Ontiveros gave up in the second half of the season. Around the GNAC These two teams currently hold the conferences longest winning streaks and have won a combined 25 matches.  All-conference teams were selected on Monday and Seattle Pacific led all schools with 11 players chosen to one of the three teams. SPU coach Mark Collings also was picked as co-Coach of the Year. Western Washington and Northwest Nazarene were second with seven players. SPU held the conferences longest winning streak this year at 13 matches and went unbeaten until the 16th game of the season when it suffered its only loss of the season to NNU. The host team will face the winner of the NNU/SFU match on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Interbay Stadium with the winner having bragging rights as the unofficial “GNAC tournament” champions.  NNU took home four awards in conference voting Monday including Coe Michaelson being voted as co-Coach of the Year and Julio Castillo Newcomer of the Year. The Crusaders Yannick Petzschke was also chosen as Freshman of the Year. The winner of Saturday’s match-up will advance to the regional championship game against either the PacWest’s Azusa Pacific or the California Collegiate Athletic Association’s Cal State L.A. or UC San Diego.  Thursday’s and Saturday’s matches will not be broadcasted, but live stats will be available at and 