MONMOUTH -- Despite outshooting Chico State 5-2 in the second half, Western Oregon's soccer team lost to the visiting Wildcats 1-0 on Sept. 6.
The loss drops the Wolves to 1-3, while Chico improves to 2-2 on the season.
The Wildcats' winning goal came at the 36-minute mark in the first half when Wolves goalkeeper Moani Mundo received a penalty for taking down a Wildcat in the box. Wildcat Katie Ferchland converted the penalty kick and from there Chico State held on to win 1-0, dropping WOU to 1-3.
"It was a very winnable game against a good team," Wolves coach Rod Fretz said. "If we want to be in the mix of things at the end of the season, we've got to be able to play our best everyday."
Junior midfielder Crystal Howard scored twice after intermission to help Sonoma State to a come-from-behind women's soccer victory over Western Oregon on a hot Sept. 4.
Trailing 2-1 at halftime, the Seawolves' Howard scored an unassisted goal at 50:09 and added the game-winner at 71:30 with an assist from Emily Thompson. Sonoma State then fended off a number of WOU advances late in the contest to hold on for the win.
The Wolves struck first at the 24-minute mark when Stephanie Pogue found the net unassisted. SSU answered with a counter by Khyra Buchanan ten minutes, but WOU took the lead back on a Katie Williams penalty kick with just over five minutes left in the half.
Both teams fired firing 14 shots on goal in an evenly played contest. WOU keeper Moani Mundo had six saves on the 95-degree day, while SSU's Kellie Campbell had eight.
The Wolves next visit Seattle Pacific on Thursday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. to begin regular season Great Northwest Athletic Conference matches. The Wolves then travel to Western Washington on Saturday, Sept. 13, before returning home
to host Northwest Nazarene on Sept. 18 at 1 p.m.