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Western Oregon Roundup: Wou Soccer At Crossroads

Wolves need help to qualify for conference tourney

BILLINGS, Mont. — Western Oregon split a pair of Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s soccer matches last week.

The Wolves defeated Northwest Nazarene 3-2 on Thursday before falling to Montana State Billings 1-0 on Saturday.

JoEllen DeLeon, Makana Pundyke and Savannah Bogan each scored against the Crusaders on Thursday as the Wolves broke a 2-2 tie in the 86th minute.

The Wolves couldn’t keep the momentum going against the Yellowjackets as Western Oregon managed just three shots during the loss.

Western Oregon (6-6-4 overall, 4-4-4 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) is in fifth place in the conference standings with 16 points. WOU trails Western Washington, Montana State Billings, Seattle Pacific and Central Washington. WOU must win its final two matches and CWU must lose its final two matches for WOU to move up to fourth and earn a berth to the GNAC tournament. Any other outcome and WOU is out.

Western Oregon closes its regular season on the road against Seattle Pacific on Thursday and Saint Martin’s on Saturday.

VOLLEYBALL EARNS FIRST CONFERNCE WIN: For the first time this season, Western Oregon’s volleyball team earned a conference win. The Wolves (3-17 overall, 1-11 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) defeated Saint Martin’s 25-12, 25-19, 21-25, 25-21 on Saturday. Outside hitter Alisha Bettinson had 10 kills, while Hannah Deede and Sydney Blankenship added nine kills to lead Western Oregon. The Wolves return home to host Alaska Anchorage on Thursday and Alaska Fairbanks on Saturday. The start time for each match is 7 p.m.

CROSS-COUNTRY TAKES NINTH: Western Oregon’s women’s cross-country team placed ninth out of 10 teams at the Beaver Classic in Corvallis on Friday. Sophomore Dara Tillery finished the 6,000-meter race in 72nd place in 25 minutes, 51.9 seconds, to lead the Wolves. Sam Cowan (26:15.3) and Bethany Balady (26:25) took 73rd and 74th, respectively. The men’s team placed 10th at the Beaver Classic. Freshman David McLeod took 55th in 27:51.4 to lead the Wolves in the 8K race. Western Oregon held out its top runners in preparation for Saturday. WOU will host the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championships Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Races will be held at the Ash Creek Preserve.

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