Western knocks off Southern Oregon 5-0

The women's soccer team gets a pair of goals from Becky Myrold.

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon's Becky Myrold scored two goals in the first eight minutes of the match, taking away any potential drama during a 5-0 women's soccer win over visiting Southern Oregon on Oct. 29.

Myrold wasted no time in getting the Wolves on the board, popping in shots off feeder passes from Chesney McHan and Kim Weaver before the crowd had a chance to settle into their seats.

Amy McMenamin added a 30-yard blast on a free kick with a little over three minutes remaining in the first half, giving the Wolves a 3-0 lead at the break.

The Wolves added two more scores after intermission, when Aimee Watanabe launched a long shot into the back of the net at the 60-minute mark, followed by Melissa Buller's counter at 78 minutes.

WOU's Amanda Nelson and Ally Meyer combined for the shutout. The scoring was an outburst of sorts for WOU, which had scored only one goal in its last six matches.

Myrold, Watanabe and Buller scored the first goals of their collegiate careers.

Western's Amy Weberg scored the game-winning goal just two-minutes into overtime to give the host Wolves a 2-1 victory Western Baptist on Oct. 23.

The game was the first for Weberg, who had been on the disabled list for the past month with a back injury.

The defense for both teams came out strong, controlling play for the first 15 minutes. During that time, neither team got a shot on the goal. At that point, Western Oregon's Kim Weaver went past four defenders to post a shot that barely missed, only to be followed a minute later by a score from Megan Moore's cross shot from Chesney McHan at the 16-minute mark.

In the 80th minute, Danae Crain put in a penalty kick to tie the game. Western Oregon peppered the goal with 22 shots, keeping goalie Kim Mendenhall busy with eight goalie saves.

Western and visiting Grand Canyon battled to a 2-2 overtime tie in a bizarre match on Oct. 24.

With 24 seconds left in regulation, the visitors got an own goal to force the game into overtime.

The tie was the first for either team this season, making Western Oregon's record 5-10-1 and Grand Canyon's 4-11-1. Western Oregon was not short on shots, peppering first-time goalie Ruthann Nsubuga with 34 blasts.

Nsubuga allowed only two goals, and came up with nine saves. The 'Yotes took a 1-0 lead 15 minutes into the game with a goal from Olivia-Joan Lym.

McMenamin scored a free kick goal at the 29:15 mark. McMenamin had just seen a penalty kick sail over the net just ten seconds before that.

Myrold then scored for the Wolves at the 79-minute mark, getting her assist off of a header from Weberg.


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