Opponent and Series
|Simon Fraser is the only visiting team to
have won twice at Interbay in its seven-year existence, crossing
the border for road wins in 1998 and 2001. The Falcons beat the
Clan 6-0 at home last year. They needed a late Yerkes goal to
earn the tie in Burnaby, B.C., Sept. 17. SPU leads the series
20-14-5...Newly-crowned GNAC champion Seattle University has not
lost to SPU in the last five meetings, going 4-0-1 since 2000.
Alex Chursky scored twice, including the OT game-winner Oct. 11.
Yerkes assisted on both of the Falcons goals. Ian Chursky
is the GNAC leader with 11 goals. Overall, Seattle Pacific
maintains a 34-14-9 advantage in the series.
The second time around. A couple of
rivals who extended the Seattle Pacific University mens
soccer team to overtime thrillers earlier this season will pull
into Interbay Stadium this week. The Falcons (2-1-1/7-6-2)
six-game home win streak will be at stake Wednesday night (Oct.
29) when Simon Fraser (7-3-2) arrives from Canada. The age-old
intracity derby with Seattle University (4-0-0/9-5-0) gets a jolt
of caffeine Saturday night (Nov. 1) in the inaugural Caffé
Darte Coffee Cup. Next week the regular season concludes
with home dates against Western Washington and UC Davis.
Not just a cup o joe. The Caffé
Darte Coffee Cup celebrates the SPU-Seattle U. crosstown
rivalry which dates back to the Falcons first
intercollegiate game on Oct. 12, 1968. The Cup is the brainchild
of, among others, Jeff Stock and Mark Schuur. Boyhood teammates,
Stock and Schuur starred for the Seattle Sounders and University
of Washington, respectively, in the 1980s. Now they are among the
owners of Caffé Darte, a premium espresso roaster
based in South Seattle with a 20-year history. Says Schuur: In
the years to come, we hope the Caffé Darte Coffee Cup
will make the Apple Cup look small. To get in the Coffee Cup
spirit, Caffé will feature a latte cart at the game. The
company will raffle off 20 one-pound bags of its Caffé Darte
Meaning of Life coffee at halftime and donate $1000 to each team
for athletic scholarships. The winning team will receive a giant
coffee cup-shaped trophy from Caffé Darte to
acknowledge their accomplishment.
All close games. There but for a goal
they go. It wouldnt be a huge stretch for this SPU team,
which has won three of its last four, to have played beyond next
week, to have reached the NCAA Division II tournament. Twelve of
the 15 games (including five losses) have been ties or one-goal
decisions. Five have gone to overtime. Both of this weeks
foes are contending for postseason berths, and yet Seattle Pacific
has competed on level terms with each, tying Simon Fraser 2-2 and
taking a lead into the final two minutes at Seattle U. before
falling, 3-2. The Clan is ranked No. 21 among NAIA teams while the
Redhawks are stalking the third and final Far West regional berth.
Breakout ahead? Contributing factors to
the abundance of one-goal games are a relatively steady SPU
defense and, on the down side, an anemic offense. The latter may
have gotten a wake-up call. Last weeks 3-2 win over Humboldt
State featured a breakout performance by Jeremy Yerkes (Jr..
Gresham, Or./Gresham). Coming off the bench 10 minutes into the
second half, Yerkes used his head for a hat trick. He scored his
third goal, the game-winner, with just over 10 minutes remaining
and now leads the team with six goals and 15 points. The Falcons
have scored six goals in their last two home games.
Silver anniversary homecoming. Saturday
also serves as the reunion of all past SPU teams and, in
particular, the 1978 NCAA championship team. Its been 25
years since that squad won the first of the schools five
national titles over 15 years, and it did so in shocking fashion.
Alabama A&M, the other finalist, featured an experienced
international lineup and had averaged more than four goals per
game in the first three rounds of the playoffs. Seattle Pacifics
defense held, however. Freshman keeper Sergio Soriano made eight
saves and sweeper Ric Miller helped thwart a number of opposing
attacks. Finally, after a scoreless regulation and two overtime
periods, the Falcons scored a golden goal in the 128th minute.
Freshman Bruce Raney headed the ball in for the 1-0 triumph and
effectively put Northwest collegiate soccer on the national map.
Net change. While the defense didnt
necessarily need a fix, Coach Cliff McCrath nevertheless chose to
alter it last week. James Ward (Jr., Salem, Or./Sprague), the
leading goalkeeper in the GNAC, was pulled from the net and put in
midfield. Michael Lockwood (Fr., Wilsonville, Or./Canby) not only
got the start in goal against Humboldt but will remain there at
least one more game after Ward received a one-game suspension for
drawing a red card. Lockwoods previous six appearances had
been in relief of Ward, when he was pushed upfield in the second
half of games.
Footnotes. Andy Willis (Fr., Gig
Harbor, Wa.) assisted one the first and third goals vs. Humboldt
and is now second on the team in total points with 11, including
nine in the last six games...Last weeks game was the first
this season in which the Falcons have scored three goals in one
period...Yerkes got the first hat trick since Joel Malick scored
four times in a 2000 win over Montana State Billings... Wards
three shots were the most by any starter last week...Yerkes moved
up to No. 4 in GNAC total points and No. 5 in goals. Wards
league-leading GAA is 1.13...SPU has won its last six home games
by a combined score of 16-4...Seattle Pacific needs two more wins
to ensure a winning record for the 33rd straight year, a Division