Wolves rally for win in opening game

Two goals from Mariel Chandler spark the comeback.

SAN BERNADINO, Calif. -- Western Oregon overcame a 1-0 deficit by scoring three goals in a span of 12 minutes to defeat Cal State San Bernardino on Aug. 29 in a battle of NCAA Division II women's soccer teams.

The Wolves used a pair of goals from Mariel Chandler and another from fellow senior Lydia Shannon to come from behind for the win in 100-degree heat at Coyote Field. Chandler scored at the 70-minute mark and again at 76 minutes in WOU's first game of the season. Shannon's insurance goal came at the 82-minute juncture.

"We played pretty ugly soccer early, but played beautifully over the last 30 minutes," said head coach Rod Fretz. "They (Coyotes) are a very athletic team and this was a very good road win for us."

After a scoreless first half, the hosts scored just moments into the after the break (46 minutes) on a solo shot by Erin Keller. A little bit later in the half, Fretz inserted midfielder Erica Matthews into the match, and the tide turned.

"Erica really provided a spark for us," Fretz said of his first-year senior, who was WOU's starting point guard on the basketball team the past two years. "Once we scored the first time, we really got going and the difference was like night and day."

Although the Coyotes were credited with 21 shots, Fretz said most were not dangerous. Starting keeper Moani Mundo had six saves and Amanda Nelson had three. Nelson was in the net when CSSB scored, on Keller's crafty goal.

"Our defense really played well, and their goal was really just a nice play," Fretz added.

The Wolves return home for matches next week on Thursday, Sept. 4 against Sonoma State and Saturday, Sept. 6 against Chico State.


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