Curtis' two goals lift WWU to 3-1 upset against 11th-ranked Seattle Pacific
SEATTLE, Wash. -- Defender Jake Jorgensen opened scoring midway through the first half and Austin Curtis added two second-half goals as Western Washington claimed a 3-1 upset against No. 11 Seattle Pacific in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference contest.
The Vikings improved to 7-7-2 overall and 5-5-2 in the GNAC. Neither Jorgenson nor Curtis had scored this season prior to the upset.
Seattle Pacific falls to 10-2-4 overall and 6-2-4 in the GNAC, second behind Simon Fraser. It was the first home loss of the season for the Falcons (5-1-1).
Jorgensen gave WWU a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute, heading in a ball from Sujinda Dangvan from eight yards out.
Aided by a deflection, Curtis gave WWU a 2-0 advantage in the 60th minute, finishing off a rebound from a Andrew Weishaar shot. Curtis found the net again in the 70th minute from 10 yards out.
“Austin Curtis had a breakout game,” WWU coach Travis Connell said. “He caused problems [for the opposition] throughout the game.”
Ian Adams scored a consolation goal for the Falcons in the 77th minute with an assist from Corey McGuire.
The Vikings survived the final seven minutes a man short after defender Kurtis Pederson was sent off with a second yellow card.
“I’m proud of what the guys put together,” Connell said. “We were strong in both the offensive and defensive portion of the game.”