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WOU roundup: Women's soccer returns home and wins two

MONMOUTH - The Western Oregon women's soccer team finally returned home for a contest on Oct. 3, sort of, when heavy rains forced its match to the turf at Central High School.The change in location didn't stop the Wolves from garnering a 4-0 victory over Northwest Nazarene in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play.Makana Pundyke was the player of the game for the Wolves, scoring two goals - the first on a cross from Taylor Higa in the ninth minute. Pundyke also recorded an assist later on a Higa goal.Kealakekua Makekau tallied her first career goal in the 88th minute as the Wolves claimed their largest victory over a conference foe since a 4-0 win over Central Washington in 2010.Amanda Rose Johnson made one stop in goal for the Wolves as WOU picked up its sixth shutout of the season.Coach Steve Ancheta was hoping the big win would carry some momentum into their matchup on Saturday against Montana State Billings - and it did as the Wolves came away with a 2-0 victory.Pundyke had another solid game, assisting on the first goal in the third minute scored by Savannah Bogan. Pundyke then put home her sixth goal of the season in the 58th minute, tallying the most goals by a WOU player in a single season since 2009.The Wolves (3-2-1 GNAC, 5-2-3 overall) look to continue their three-game shutout streak in Lacey, Wash., on Thursday against Saint Martin's. WOLVES CROSS-COUNTRY HAS STRONG OUTING: The Western Oregon men finished second overall and the women fifth at the Charles Bowles Invitational in Salem. Brady Beagley finished third overall with a time of 24 minutes, 36.30 seconds, over the 8,000-meter course to lead the WOU men. Zach Holloway finished 22nd with a time of 25:39.95. Annie Wade was one of four WOU runners to finish in the top-35 as her time of 18:15.27 was good enough for 10th overall in the 5,000-meter women's race. Holly Meler was the next WOU runner to finish, placing 17th in 18:40.73. WOU FOOTBALL FALLS SHORT AT HOME: A late rally came up just short as the Western Oregon football team lost to Azusa Pacific 34-32 in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference contest Saturday. The Wolves trailed when Antoinne Wafer hauled in a 6-yard touchdown pass with 3:21 remaining to cut the deficit to 34-26. The Wolves recovered the ensuing onside kick and went on an eight-play, 54-yard drive to pull within two as quarterback Ryan Bergman found James DePew in the back of the end zone to make the score 34-32. The two-point conversion failed. Patrick Tepea had a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown for the Wolves. Defensively, Shane Kuenzi led WOU with 15 tackles while Devin Wells added 13 for the Wolves. WOU (2-3 overall, 2-2 in GNAC) will return to action on Saturday, when the Wolves host Humboldt State for homecoming at 1 p.m. WOU VOLLEYBALL DROPS TWO IN ALASKA: Western Oregon lost at Alaska Fairbanks 25-19, 25-19, 22-25, 25-21 on Saturday in Great Northwest Athletic Conference action. Kelsie Christensen and Hannah Deede led the way for WOU with 11 kills each. Becky Blees added 10 kills for WOU, while adding two blocks. Megan Triggs had six digs to lead WOU defensively. Erin Dobson recorded assists. The Wolves started their journey through Alaska with a 25-17, 25-23, 25-18 defeat at the hands of Alaska Anchorage on Thursday. WOU (5-10 overall, 2-3 league) returns to action Thursday by hosting Simon Fraser at 7 p.m.

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