NAMPA, Idaho -- Western Oregon fell behind early and then scrambled for their soccer lives during a 1-1 overtime tie with Northwest Nazarene in front of 136 cold fans in Nampa on Nov. 1.
It took a late second-half goal and a brilliant save by goalkeeper Moani Mundo in overtime to preserve the deadlock for the visiting Wolves, who had defeated NNU 5-0 earlier this season in Monmouth.
The Crusaders scored first 14 minutes into the contest on a shot by Emily Schrepple and that lead held until 16 minutes remained in the match. At the 74-minute mark, WOU's Mariel Chandler took a pass from Mary Mulkey to even the score and the game went to a pair of 10-minute overtime periods.
Mundo went horizontal to save one NNU shot that was sure to find the net and end the contest.
"Mo saved our bacon with that play," WOU coach Rod Fretz said. "That was as great a save as you will ever see."
Despite outshooting Northwest Nazarene 34-15, the Wolves had to settle for their second tie of the season, pushing their record to 7-9-2 on the season and 4-5-2 in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play. The Crusaders moved to 4-11-1 overall and 2-7-1 in the GNAC.
Western Oregon will again hit the road for its 2003 finale, taking on Humboldt State on Saturday, Nov. 8 at noon.