TIGARD -- It counts only in the confidence building department, but the Western Oregon women's soccer team earned a bit of respect Aug, 24 by upsetting Portland State 2-1 in an exhibition match at Tigard High School.
The Wolves were outshot 11-5 by the Vikings. PSU controlled the ball for about two-thirds of the match, but WOU broke a 1-1 tie early in the second half and held off the hosts down the stretch.
WOU scored first just before the end of the first half when Jeanie Thomsen took a pass from Mary Mulkey and deposited it into the net.
Portland State's Jamie Blakesley answered early in the second half. The Wolves scored the game-winner at the 56-minute mark when freshman Kim Weaver found the goal after a cross from Stephanie Pogue.
"They kept the ball in our end for much of the game, especially in the finally 20 minutes," WOU head coach Rod Fretz said. "But we really defended well and were opportunistic on the offensive end with our chances."
The Wolves were 11-6-1 last season and return nine starters. Portland State was 13-5 one year ago and is expected to contend for the Big Sky Conference championship at the NCAA Division I level this fall.
The Wolves will start the 2003 season for real this week when they travel to Southern California. WOU takes on Cal State San Bernardino on Friday, Aug. 29 and Cal Poly Pomona on Sunday, Aug, 31.