MONMOUTH — Western Oregon’s women’s soccer team opened Great Northwest Athletic Conference play with a 2-0 win over Montana State-Billings on Thursday and a 1-1 tie against Northwest Nazarene on Saturday. WOU sophomore Savannah Bogan scored her first goal of the season, giving the Wolves a 1-0 lead against MSUB in the 43rd minute. Junior Makana Pundyke scored in the 60th minute.
“We’re excited to get the win,” coach Steve Ancheta said. “It’s a tough league and you just can’t get ahead of yourself. … A few connections are starting to move forward on the offensive side.”
Goalkeeper Amanda Johnson made nine saves during the victory.
Alexis Sutherlin scored in the 31st minute against Northwest Nazarene.
Western Oregon (3-2-1 overall) hits the road to face Simon Fraser on Thursday and Western Washington on Saturday.
VOLLEYBALL DROPS CONFERENCE GAMES: The WOU volleyball team lost a quartet of matches to open GNAC play last week. The Wolves fell to Montana State-Billings 25-19, 25-22, 25-23 on Sept. 16, Seattle Pacific, 22-25, 25-19, 15-25, 25-18, 25-12 on Thursday, Northwest Nazarene 25-17, 34-32, 28-26 on Saturday and Central Washington 24-26, 25-18, 25-21, 19-25, 15-10 on Monday. Sophomore Cherene O’Hara had a combined 29 kills during the four matches. Western Oregon hosts Saint Martin’s at 7 p.m. Saturday.
WOU CROSS-COUNTRY COMPETES IN SEATTLE: Wolves’ junior Zach Holloway finished sixth overall at the Sundodger Invitational in Seattle as Western Oregon’s men’s cross-country team placed fourth at the 21-team event. Holloway finished with a time of 25 minutes, 1 second in the 8,000-meter run. Freshman David Ribich took 21st in 25:39 while Sam Naffziger placed 44th in 26:25. The women finished ninth out of 19 teams. Junior Stephanie Stuckey placed 30th in the 6,000-meter race in 23:03 while Rachel Crawford finished in 35th in 23:07. "I thought we had some people run much better than at Ash Creek," Wolves coach Mike Johnson said. "We saw some real breakthroughs in aggressiveness today. Zach (Holloway) had a real stellar performance. Rachel (Crawford) and Stephanie (Stuckey) got out and ran good races. They beat people that beat them last week.” Western Oregon will compete at the Charles Bowles Invitational in Salem on Oct. 4.