MONMOUTH — The Western Oregon football team won its fifth game in a row, defeating Azusa Pacific 17-14 on Saturday.
The Wolves jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the second quarter, thanks in part to a 1-yard run by Phillip Fenumiai and a 16-yard touchdown pass from Trey Shimabukuro to Paul Revis.
The Cougars scored a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter, but the Wolves’ defense shut out Azusa Pacific in the final quarter to preserve the victory.
“I’m really excited our defense came up big on fourth-down plays,” WOU coach Arne Ferguson said. “It’s exciting to seal the game that way and it gives us a lot of confidence.”
Running back Malik Braxton rushed for 105 yards on 20 carries to lead the Wolves on offense. Shane Kuenzi had 10 tackles to lead the defense.
Western Oregon (6-3 overall, 4-1 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) hosts South Dakota School of Mines Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in the team’s final conference game of the season.
VOLLEYBALL FALLS TO 7-16: Western Oregon’s volleyball team lost a pair of conference matches. The Wolves lost to Northwest Nazarene 29-27, 23-25, 25-13, 25-15 on Thursday and Central Washington 25-23, 25-17, 18-25, 25-20 on Saturday. Alisha Bettinson, Amanda Short and Mariella Vandenkooy each recorded eight kills against the Wildcats on Saturday, while Christie Colasurdo had 25 digs. WOU (7-16 overall, 4-10 GNAC) returns home to host Western Washington Thursday at 7 p.m. and Simon Fraser Saturday at 8 p.m.
SOCCER ENDS SEASON WITH WIN: Western Oregon’s women’s soccer squad finished its 2015 season with a 2-1 victory over Simon Fraser on Saturday. Brooke Steinberg scored in the 54th minute to give the Wolves a 1-0 lead. The Clan answered with a goal one minute later. The teams remained tied through regulation, when Taylor Higa scored the winning goal in the 107th minute. WOU, which lost to Seattle Pacific 2-0 on Thursday, finished the year with an 8-8-1 record overall and 4-7-1 mark in GNAC play.