Women’s football returns home to welcome # 7 Seattle Pacific and Montana State Billings
MONMOUTH, Oregon – While the nationally ranked Western Washington road game didn’t end in a win for the Western Oregon University women’s football team last time around, they went all the way with the Vikings. Wolves will look to continue that momentum with them in a pair of home games this week when they face No.7 Seattle Pacific on Thursday at 2 p.m. and Montana State Billings on Saturday at 11 a.m.
WOU (1-5, 0-2 GNAC) scored his first goal against the Vikings since 2014 and nearly forced the game into overtime when Western Washington scored a late goal. Piper matson scored the Wolves goal, with Lilly nowatzke adding assistance. Each team had six shots on goal. WOU played a very close game earlier on the road trip against Saint Martin’s as the teams combined for 23 shots (11 for WOU), but the Saints managed to score the game’s only two goals for the victory. 2-0.
For the season, WOU had 53 shots with 24 goals. The opponents shot 81 shots with 32 goals. Wolves generated 30 corners and both Darien Walton and Emily wheeler combined for 23 saves in goal.
Jada foster leads the team with two goals, while Matson adds the other. Matson, Hannah rispler, Nowatzke and Chloe smith all added assists. Rispler recorded the most time in the field with 523 minutes, followed by Foster and Kaytlyn larsen play 472 minutes. Smith leads the team in shots with 16 for six on goal. Foster adds eight moves and the two Liz parker and Rispler have four hits each. In front of goals, Walton started all six games, winning 20 saves and a shutout against Humboldt State. Wheeler has made three saves this year playing in 90 minutes.
Individually, Foster is 102 years oldsd nationally and third in GNAC for winning goals (1), Smith has 118e nationally and fifth in GNAC in total assists (2) and Walton is 132nd nationally and fourth in GNAC in goalkeeper minutes played and is 123rd at national level and fourth for GNAC in total (25).
Seattle Pacific enters the week 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the GNAC game. The Falcons played two conference games last week, beating Montana State Billings by a score of 5-0 and then Northwest Nazarene by a score of 6-0. Seattle Pacific has had four consecutive shutouts with the lone goal allowed this year in the season opener at Chico State.
As a team, the Falcons made 86 shots with 48 touchdowns. They limited their opponents to 36 shots and 16 on goal. They generated 35 corners and allowed only eight.
AJ DePinto leads the team with nine points, registering four goals. Sophia Chilczuk adds eight points with two goals and four assists. Lauren Foster has three goals, while Sophie Beadle and Makena Rietz add two goals each. Twelve players on the team have at least two points this year. Travis Riley started all five games in front of goals, recording 11 saves, a 0.22 goals-against average and 91.7 save percentage.
Seattle Pacific has gone 9-1-0 in the last 10 games of the series as WOU clinched a 2-0 victory at Monmouth in the 2019 season, WOU’s first victory over SPU since 2002. The teams have won played twice in 2021. both games being played in Seattle. The Falcons won Game 1, 5-0, and won Game 2, 4-0.
WOU will then close the week with another GNAC contest against Montana State Billings. The Yellowjackets are 4-2-1 overall this season and 1-1-0 at GNAC. Last week, they opened the GNAC game with a 5-0 loss to Seattle Pacific before returning home to defeat Central Washington, 2-1.
Overall this season, MSUB has taken 104 shots with 54 touchdowns. The opponents fired 78 shots including 48 on goal. They have 22 corners to 27 for the opponents.
Liberty Palmer led the Yellowjackets in the first seven games, totaling seven points and three goals. Jordan Roe adds two goals and Maddie Smith has four points with one goal and two assists. Clare Keenan has started five games and is 2-2-1 with 27 saves and a 1.57 goals-against average. She comes off a nine-save win over the Wildcats.
Montana State Billings has gone 5-3-2 in the last 10 encounters with Wolves as the two teams parted ways in the 2019 fixtures. WOU won at home (3-1), while MSUB took the win. 1-0 in Montana. The Yellowjackets have gone 4-0-1 in the last five meetings at Billings with the last WOU victory in 2013 (3-2).
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