Women’s football heads to central Washington and the Nazarene’s northwest this week
ELLENSBURG, Washington / NAMPA, Idaho – After an unbeaten week at home that included a big win over nationally-ranked Seattle Pacific, the Western Oregon University women’s football team will play in Central Washington this Thursday night at 7 p.m., before closing the trip to Northwest Nazarene Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. (Peaceful).
WOU (2-5-1, 1-2-1 GNAC) collected four of six possible conference points this week after beating No.7 Seattle Pacific in overtime (1-0) then came back to tie Montana State. Billings (1 -1). The clean sheet against the Falcons was the second this week after the Wolves beat Humboldt State by the same 1-0 score on September 12 at Monmouth. Four times this season, WOU has limited their opponents to one goal or less.
Lilly nowatzke and Emily wheeler Both were named Great Northwest Athletic Conference players of the week on Monday for their performances last week. Nowatzke scored the golden goal against Seattle Pacific and Wheeler came away with nine saves in both games, including the shutout against the Falcons.
In the season overall, WOU has five goals on 76 shots, with 34 touchdowns on goal. The opponents have 10 goals on 106 shots, including 42 receptions on goal. Opponents have a slight 44-36 advantage on corner kicks.
Piper matson scored the tying goal against Montana State Billings and leads the team with five points, scoring two goals and an assist. Jada foster is tied with Matson for the team lead in goals with two, as she moved up to the back row last week. Nowatzke and Chloe smith are tied with two points apiece, Nowatzke scoring one goal and Smith with two assists. Hannah rispler adds help. Rispler leads the team in minutes played to 729, followed by Foster 677 and Erika Gonzalez Moreno at 603. Smith has a team record of 21 shots, Foster adding eight and Nowatzke with seven. In goal, Wheeler and Darien Walton have each seen the weather this season. Wheeler played almost 300 minutes in front of goals and is 1-0-1 with 12 saves, a 0.61 goals-against average and 85.7 save percentage. Walton also has a win in goals, as well as a 20-save shutout and a 1.60 goals-against average.
The first will be a trip to Ellensburg to take on central Washington. WOU has gone 3-3-4 in the last 10 encounters, having won the last game in 2019 by a score of 3-1 at Monmouth. In the last meeting in Ellensburg, the teams played 0-0.
Central Washington is 1-7 overall this season and 0-4 in GNAC. Last week, they lost to Western Washington (6-0) then played a close game against Simon Fraser before falling narrowly (2-1). They started the season with a 3-2 victory over College of Idaho and have since lost seven straight games. It will only be their second home game of the season and the first since September 18 when they hosted Point Loma.
The Wildcats have eight goals on 79 shots, 43 of which were successful. The opponents have 29 goals on 150 shots, including 90 receptions on goal. The opponents hold a 57-22 advantage on corner kicks. Seven players have multiple points, led by six from Makinzie Packwood who has two goals and two assists. Stacia Conely and Casey Park add both a goal and an assist for three points. Bella Brown, Sophia Keenan, Sydney Loew and Maci Parke all have one goal this season. Paige Devine leads the team in minutes played to 630. In goal, Liz Canton made five games, totaling 32 saves, while Megan Fox also played five games and made 26 saves and the only win of the year.
WOU then travels to Idaho to close the week with a Saturday afternoon game against the North West Nazarene. The Nighthawks are 3-3-1 overall and 1-3 in GNAC. Last week, they ended up giving up their game to Simon Fraser due to COVID and other travel situations. This match does not count towards the overall record, but counts towards the record of both teams in the conference standings. They ended the week with a close game west of Washington, where they narrowly missed a 1-0 score. NNU is 3-0 at home with its last home game on September 23, a 5-0 victory over central Washington.
WOU has gone 3-4-3 in their last 10 encounters with NNU as the Nighthawks have won the last two and the teams tied the two games before that. WOU’s last victory dates back to 2018 in Nampa by a score of 1-0. WOU and NNU clashed in the shortened 2021 spring season which saw NNU hang on for a 2-0 victory at Monmouth.
NNU has 10 goals on 92 shots, with 47 goals this year. The opponents have 11 goals on 112 shots, with 53 receptions on goal. NNU has a 42-35 advantage on corner kicks.
Nine players have multiple points for the Nighthawks this year, led by McKenzie Buell’s five points, scoring two goals and an assist. Madison Grande adds two goals. Carolyn Moravec, Matisyn Ohlson, Ashley Parton, Makayla Roggow, Sierra Sanchez and Jade Zimmer all have one goal and Magda Wronski leads the team with three assists. Ahead of goals, Alexis Montoya started all seven games, winning 41 saves, a 1.20 goals-against average and 83.7 save percentage.
Live video and stats will be available for both games.
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