Women’s football earn 3-0 shutout victory over central Washington
ELLENSBURG, Washington – Backed by a goal scoring record and the third shutout of the season, the Western Oregon University women’s football team claimed a 3-0 road victory in Central Washington on Thursday night in Great Northwest Athletic action. Conference at Tomlinson Stadium.
“We felt good about our performance tonight. The team effort was exceptional. We were very creative in the bottom third of the field. It felt like all the pieces were in place for us. The back line and defense were dominant and confident to get the shutout, “head coach Kacey bingham noted.
Three wolves represented the goals to lead the offensive firepower. Jada foster got things started for WOU (3-5-1, 2-2-1 GNAC) in the 23e minute when she unleashed a deep shot from about 35 yards that scored the goal and a 1-0 lead. Foster’s goal gives him three over the season. Erika Gonzalez Moreno picked up the help.
Just minutes after this goal, WOU was back on the attack. From a corner kick by Chloe smith, Gonzalez Moreno notched his second assist of the evening Piper matson who managed to get behind the defense and drive a shot into the far low post for a goal in the 26e minute to give WOU a 2-0 lead. Maston’s goal is also her third of the season, tying her to Foster for the team lead.
While Wolves managed to score a few goals in the first half, Emily wheeler and the defense came up with big plays to keep Central Washington (1-8, 0-5 GNAC) off the board early on. Wheeler came away with a stop in the sixth minute and then in a rush around the 18e minute, WOU blocked a shot, then Wheeler saved a save. Minutes later, Wolves took the lead for good.
WOU was on fire in the second half. Liz parker had a shot on goal just over four minutes that was saved. Parker continued to apply pressure, securing two more shots, one passing by and the other being saved again. Parker would not be denied later. Following a shot from Briana kubli which was not controlled by the keeper, Parker was there to recover the rebound and the goal in the 61st minute for the 3-0 lead. It was Parker’s first goal this season, as Kubli collected the assist.
The back row helped preserve the shutout throughout the stretch with Olivia holdenried playing the last 15+ minutes in goal, she recorded her first collegiate save in the 90se minute to give WOU the 3-0 victory.
WOU had a 14-10 shooting advantage, including a 9-4 on goal. WOU had a big advantage in corners, generating 10 single corners for CWU. There were 24 fouls called in the match, 15 called WOU.
Wolves had three players who played all 90 minutes, including Jenna Efraimson, Hannah rispler and Foster helping feed the back line to a shutout. Parker led the offense with four shots, while Matson and Smith added three shots each. In order to, Emily wheeler took the win by playing the first 75 minutes and coming away with three saves. Holdenried spent the last 15+ minutes and made a save.
Central Washington was led by all three shots from Sophia Keenan, while Paige Devine added two shots. Liz Canton started in the goal and played in the first half, allowing two goals and three saves. Megan Fox went into the second half and allowed one goal, while adding three saves.
WOU, now 2-0-1 in his last three games, will stay on the road this Saturday when he travels to Idaho to face the Nazarene Northwest with a 1 p.m. PT tee time (Pacific). Northwest Nazarene won the 2-0 home victory earlier Thursday against Saint Martin’s.