SPU men's, women's soccer boast winning streak

Seattle Pacific University's soccer teams ease through mid-season with wins in tow and aggressive playing in mind for upcoming games.

The women's team was dealt their first loss against Western Washington 2-3, which also marked the first goals scored against the team all season. But a 1-0 win against Bringham Young University-Hawaii put them back on their winning streak.

With an overall record of 11-1, 4-1 in the GNAC, the team heads to into two away games against Saint Martin's and Northwest Nazarene, followed by a home game against Montana State Billings Oct. 21.

With a winning record, SPU women's coach Chuck Sekyra said he doesn't think any team has outplayed the Falcons.

"I don't think we've peaked yet either which is good. We want to peak at the right time," Sekyra said. "What that looks like is scoring an equal number of goals in the first and second half, playing with the same assertiveness in first and last 10 minute, just overall dominating games from start to finish."

The Falcons beat Saint Martin's early in the GNAC play 3-0, and Sekyra said the goal is to be better the second time the teams comepete.

"It's a dangerous game. Our kids respect that team," Sekyra said. "We realize the importance of that game. It's really going to be a battle."

As for the right time to peak, "I think it's time," Sekrya said.

While women's soccer looks ahead for another conference championship, the men's soccer team is a on a three-game away winning streak, recently defeating Grand Canyon University in the 51st minute 1-0 Oct. 12. With a 9-1-3 record, 2-1-1 in the GNAC, the team heads to Lacey, Wash. next to play Saint Martin's Oct. 15, followed by a home game against Montana State Billings Oct. 17 at 7 p.m.

The team hasn't allowed more than one goal, with the exception of the 2-3 loss to Saint Martin's earlier in the season, in the season.

"Defensively we've been really solid; we haven't given up a lot of goals," said men's coach Mark Collins. "It's just been tough at times because soccer's about finishing the chances you get and we haven't been doing that. Therefore, we put more pressure on ourselves because we haven't been able to put goals away."

The last game against Montana State Billings ended in a 1-1 tie. As for prep, Collins said the team will review the tapes and practice hypothetical situations.

"But we're not going to change a lot from who we are," Collins said. "We're just going to try to be better in what we do. That's really the big thing, trying to be consistent in who we are."

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