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Soccer Standouts, Research Professor Join GNAC Insider
Ames is just one of four Cavaliers to start all 11 games this season. Her recent efforts against SMU and SFU garnered her GNAC Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week recognition.
Ames is just one of four Cavaliers to start all 11 games this season. Her recent efforts against SMU and SFU garnered her GNAC Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week recognition.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. – A couple of soccer standouts and a distinguished research professor joined the show Tuesday, as GNAC Insider aired at 7 p.m., Pacific, hosted by Rob Lowery. This week’s guests were Western Washington men’s soccer midfielder Luke Olney, Concordia women’s soccer midfielder/defender Kasey Ames and Simon Fraser biomedical physiology and kinesiology professor Dr. Peter Ruben.

Kicking off the show was Olney. The Vikings’ captain, a first team all-GNAC selection this year, has started all 10 games this season and is third on the team with 938 minutes played. He leads a first-place Vikings’ team that currently owns an eight-game unbeaten streak and are 4-0-1 since the start of GNAC play. Western Washington leads the GNAC with 172 shots and is tied for second with 21 goals. The Vikings host a big match this weekend, as they welcome defending GNAC Champion No.16 Simon Fraser at Harrington Field this Saturday.

Joining us after was Ames, the reigning GNAC Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week. Ames is just one of four Cavaliers’ players who have started all 11 games this season. Concordia is one of the hottest teams in the GNAC right now, opening conference play 5-0-1 and outscoring opponents 14-1 during that stretch. Concordia is on a seven-match unbeaten run dating back to its 2-1 double-overtime win against Cal Baptist on Sept. 13. The Cavaliers rank third in the GNAC with five shutouts and sit two points behind No. 3 Western Washington in the GNAC standings.

Ending the night was Ruben. Along with his dozens of research publications and abundance of teaching experience, the SFU professor is also the Clan’s faculty athletic representative (FAR). Ruben is also known for his recent research linking heart attacks to genetic mutations. In his continued study, Ruben highlights how sleep and exercise can affect heart function for people with a certain type of gene mutation. The full release can be read online at GNACsports.com.

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