College Soccer

SPU Men Tie School Shutout Record

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HAYWARD, Calif. – Keeping balls out of your own net isn’t as glamorous as depositing them in your opponent’s. That hasn’t prevented the Falcons defense from doing its dirty work at a record rate.

Danny Olivas scored in the eighth minute and Keenan dePinna and Gabe Kellum added insurance goals for the fifth-ranked Seattle Pacific men, who completed their non-conference soccer slate Saturday with a 3-0 triumph over Cal State East Bay at Pioneer Stadium.

The Falcons (4-0-0) stayed undefeated while the defense remained unscored upon. They tied the school-record for shutouts to start a season, matching the four clean sheets produced by the 1993 squad.

“Anytime you are tying a record that’s been set at SPU, it’s something special because of the history and the success of this program. Obviously, if we’re tying that record it puts us in some pretty good company,” said eighth-year coach coach Mark Collings. He was a defender on four Falcons’ NCAA playoff teams from 1995-98, serving as a co-captain on the Final Four squad his senior season.

“Each game is giving us more and more confidence in our ability to take team’s strengths away and allow us some easier opportunities as well.”

Junior goalkeeper Cody Lang (Spokane, Wash./Lewis & Clark HS) compiled a season-high four saves en route to his fourth shutout. His career shutout total increased to 21, moving Lang into sole possession of the No. 6 spot in that category among all-time SPU keepers.

Lang’s next shutout will tie him with Kellen Rosten, who blanked 22 opponents from 2004-07.

At the other end of the field, the SPU offense produced as many goals as it had in the previous three games, all 1-0 wins.

“We had an offensive explosion by our standards today,” Collings said. “Scoring a couple goals in the first half made things a little less tense for us in the back coming down the stretch.”

Olivas (Phoenix, Ariz.) opened the scoring at 7:53 on a near-post header after Jordan Kollars served a corner kick to the far post that was headed back across the goalmouth by Ian Adams.

That was the team-leading second goal for Olivas and his second game-winner. Seven of his nine career goals were of the game-winning variety.

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Keenan dePinna

Junior Keenan dePinna (Portland, Ore.) netted his inaugural SPU goal at 36:52. Jess Cayetano lofted a pass over the East Bay defense that set up dePinna for a 12-yard finish to the left corner.

Sophomore Gabe Kellum (Rennes, France) notched an insurance tally at 81:38 that was assisted by freshman Jacob Bohl (Bonney Lake HS).

Adrian Topete made three saves for the Pioneers, who were on the short end of a 12-8 shot deficit.

The Falcons have forged their first 4-0 opening, and perfect non-league ledger since 2012.

“We talk about the non-conference segment being one season. You have to win as many games as you possibly can in that segment to allow the conference segment to mean a little bit more,” explained Collings. “Coming through without a blemish definitely increases the stakes for us, but at the same time it puts us in a great position heading into conference play.”

The SPU men conclude their three-game road stretch on Saturday, Sept. 19 at Saint Martin’s. Kick-off for their Great Northwest Athletic Conference opener is 3 p.m. at SMU Soccer Field.

“The GNAC has done very well this year in the non-conference so there really won’t be any easy days for us. We’re going to have to grind, utilize our depth and make sure we’re ready to play each day,” Collings concluded.

“Saint Martin’s next week is a big challenge for us, they’re off to a great start. They’re a team that has given us some trouble over the past couple years. We’re going to have to get home, let our bodies rest a little bit and put together a great effort next Saturday.”

NCAA MEN’S SOCCER
Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015
Pioneer Stadium/Hayward, Calif.

(#5) Seattle Pacific 3, Cal State East Bay 0

Scoring – 1, SPU, Danny Olivas (Ian Adams, Jordan Kollars), 7:53; 2, SPU, Keenan dePinna (Jess Cayetano), 36:52; 3, SPU, Gabe Kellum (Jacob Bohl), 81:38.

Shots – SPU 12, CSUEB 8.
Saves – SPU 4 (Cody Lang), CSUEB 3 (Adrian Topete).
Corner Kicks – SPU 4, CSUEB 6.
Fouls – SPU 11, CSUEB 25.
Offsides – SPU 0, CSUEB 1.

Records
Seattle Pacific 4-0-0
Cal State East Bay 1-3-0

Next SPU Men’s Game
Seattle Pacific at Saint Martin’s
Saturday, Sept. 19, 3:00 p.m.
SMU Soccer Field / Lacey, Wash.