Nowatzke Hat Trick Lets Wolves Ride Through Central Washington
MONMOUTH, Oregon – Lilly nowatzke found the perfect time to record her first college hat trick to help lead the Western Oregon University women’s soccer team to a 4-2 victory over Central Washington at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference on Saturday at WOU Soccer Field. It was a season high for the Wolves, shattering the previous record of three that was set at Central Washington on October 7.
“It was great to see the team achieve new achievements today. That’s the most goals we’ve scored all year in a game. It was also our first hat trick of the season. makes the difference for us. Overall the team really fought at the end of the game to get the result we needed ”, the head coach Kacey bingham noted.
It’s the second hat trick this calendar year for Wolves as Alyssa Tomasini scored three goals against Humboldt State on April 11 in a 4-1 victory.
WOU (5-7-2, 4-4-2 GNAC) was on the attack throughout the first half with a 9-2 advantage. After Central Washington (3-11, 2-8 GNAC) fired a shot on goal which was saved just over a minute by Darien Walton, the Wolves have taken over.
Jenna Efraimson had a few chances to miss and after Chloe smith shot is missed, a chance by Hannah rispler was saved. Minutes after Ripler’s luck, Nowatzke started the road to his hat trick. Rispler sent the ball in front Piper matson who found Nowatzke breaking in from the side. Nowatzke’s shot hit the goalkeeper’s hands and into the net for the goal in the 13e minute.
Right after this goal, Jada foster had a chance that was saved. The next rush for Wolves would lead to the second goal of the afternoon.
Efraimson fired a shot in the mouth from the goal which was blocked and after a Central Washington defender hit the ball from the post, Nowatzke was there to tap it right into the corner of the net for a 2-0 lead in the 23rd minute. Alyssa Talkington also added an assist for Wolves sending the ball into the attacking half.
The Wildcats didn’t go quietly the rest of the half as they hit the crossbar in the 27e minute and had a corner kick chance. WOU had a few more looks before the break with Efraimson’s shot blocked and a Nowatzke corner barely missing a possible goal in front.
The momentum passed to start the second half with Central Washington generating several chances. In the 52sd minute the Wildcats had a close range shot that was blocked and then as the ball rebounded it ended up coming out of a Wolves defender and into the net for an own goal to leave WOU with a lead of 2-1.
Walton came out on top over the next few minutes by recording saves in the 55e and 58e minute. Nowatzke and Efraimson then pulled off a pair of powerful shots on goal in the 59e and 61st minute that forced stops from Liz Canton.
In the 63rd minute, the Wildcats had a corner kick. From the kick, Sydney Lowe was able to seize a rebound chance on a shot from Sophia Keenan to tie the match two.
After that, Central Washington had a few more chances to try to take the lead, but the shots went missing. As time passed, WOU was able to put the game aside.
In the 81st minute, WOU managed to keep the ball and finally scored the goal with the go-ahead. Matson took a shot which was saved and after his rebound shot hit the crossbar Nowatzke was there to get the shot past the goalkeeper for his hat trick and 3-2 lead in the 83rd minute. After his three goals that day, Nowatzke now has a record four goals this season.
After a few rushes from Central Washington were pushed back, including a save by Walton, WOU put the game out of reach. In the 88e minute with the pressure from the Wildcats, Nowatzke managed to send the ball to Efraimson and as the goalkeeper came out to challenge, she returned the shot for the 4-2 lead. It was Efraimson’s second goal this season.
WOU had a 16-12 advantage in shots, including 9-6 on goal. Each team got three corner kicks and 15 fouls were called in the game, nine of which were imposed on the Wildcats.
Haley king, Liz parker, Nowatzke, Foster, Matson and Walton played the 90 minutes. Efraimson led the way with seven shots, while Nowatzke added four and Matson with two. Walton started and played all the way in front of Wolves’ goals, winning four saves.
Jaxyn Farmen, Keenan, Lowe and Makinzie Packwood all had two hits to lead the Wildcats. Canton started in front of goal and played the full 90 minutes, coming back with five saves.
Today’s game was also a GNAC Unity game, GNAC is committed to actively taking steps to provide meaningful and useful learning experiences to prepare student-athletes for citizenship in a diverse, inclusive and global interconnected world. One of the ways the GNAC would like to show its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is to ask each GNAC institution to organize a “GNAC Unity Game” every year.
With this victory, the race for the GNAC Championships gets even tighter as the top four teams advance to the playoffs. Seattle Pacific won over Simon Fraser, Western Washington won at home against Montana State Billings and Northwest Nazarene won at Saint Martin’s. This means that WOU is still fifth, but only one point behind Simon Fraser for fourth place while WOU has 14 points and SFU at 15. Northwest Nazarene is third with 19 points, Western Washington is second with 24 points and Seattle Pacific leads. with 25 points. Montana State Billings is sixth with eight points and Central Washington and Saint Martin’s are tied for seventh with six points.
There are four games left in the regular season, with the Wolves playing three away from Monmouth. Next week, WOU will travel to Montana State Billings on Thursday for a 12:30 p.m. PT departure. Wolves end the week Saturday at the nationally ranked Seattle Pacific starting at 2 p.m.