Saint Martin’s overtakes women’s football at GNAC opening

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LACEY, Washington – In what was a level game throughout, Saint Martin’s managed to convert a few chances and fend off the Western Oregon University women’s football team to a 2-0 victory in the Great Northwest’s opener. Athletic Conference for both teams Thursday afternoon at Saints Field in Lacé.

It was a defensive battle, with the teams managing only seven combined shots on goal. In total, there were 23 attempted shots. WOU (1-4, 0-1 GNAC) scored 11 shots including two on goal, while SMU (2-3, 1-0 GNAC) took 12 shots and five on goal. WOU held a 6-5 lead in corners, while the teams combined for 18 fouls, 10 of which whistled the Saints.

Wolves generated the game’s first chance in the seventh minute when Liz parker fired a shot down to the left which was saved. A few minutes later, Hannah rispler just missed an opportunity that went wide right.

Following another chance by Chloe smith in the 21st minute, Saint Martin’s got his first shot in the 23rd minute that was saved by Darien Walton.

After a stampede from the Wolves, the Saints ascended the plateau. In the 32sd minute, Maddie Wolfe managed to get her shot right in front of Walton for the 1-0 lead.

Only one more chance for either team happened the rest of the half with Smith getting a chance that just missed in the 36e minute leaving the score 1-0 for the Saints at the break.

After a first half that saw eight combined shots, that would have almost doubled in the final 45 minutes.

Immediately in the 46e minute, SMU generated a shot which was saved by Emily wheeler in the lower right part of the net. After Jada foster shot was blocked resulting in a corner kick, the Saints stormed back with three consecutive shots, but none landed on goal.

Smith shot down in 59e minute almost equalized, but was saved by Sophie Mendoza.

Wheeler made another stop in the 73rd minute before the Saints rush to step forward two. Following a shot from Rebecca Garrison that was blocked, seconds later Elisabeth Cole pulled her shot through traffic and into the net for a goal in the 79e minute to bring SMU to a 2-0 lead.

WOU tried to cut the deficit by getting shots from Smith, Parker and Foster, but couldn’t find the net with Saint Martin’s 2-0 win.

Smith led the Wolves with four shots, while Foster added three and two from Parker. Walton started in the goal and played the first half with a save. Wheeler played the second half and made two saves.

Cole led the Saints with three shots, while Payton Aselton and Jordyn Jolley had two shots apiece. Mendoza started in the goal and played the 90 minutes to save the shutout with two saves.

WOU will stay on the road to take on # 8 Western Washington at Bellingham this Saturday afternoon starting at 2 p.m.


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