MONMOUTH — Western Oregon’s football team fell just short on Homecoming day against Humboldt State on Saturday.
The Wolves trailed 42-14 entering the fourth quarter after the Lumberjacks outscored WOU 35-7 in the third quarter.
Quarterback Phillip Fenumiai threw for 122 yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter and a 19-yard touchdown catch from Javontae Perry with 38 seconds left brought WOU to within two. Humboldt State recovered the ensuing onside kick to preserve the victory. Western Oregon (2-4 overall, 3-5 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) has a bye week before returning to the gridiron to play at Azusa Pacific on Nov. 5.
MEN’S XC PLACES FOURTH: Western Oregon’s men’s cross-country team placed fourth at the GNAC Championships Saturday at Bellingham, Wash.
Junior David Ribich took fifth overall, finishing the 8,000-meter race in 25 minutes, 23.04 seconds. Sophomore Dustin Nading took 10th in 25:40.70 as both runners earned all-conference honors.
The women’s squad finished ninth in the team standings. Kennedy Rufener placed 16th overall, finishing the 6,000-meter race in 11:41.30.
WOU will compete at the NCAA Division II West Regional Championships in Billings, Mont. on Nov. 5.
VOLLEYBALL WINS TWO: Western Oregon’s volleyball team defeated Saint Martin’s 25-19, 25-22, 19-25, 25-17 on Thursday and Seattle Pacific 25-19, 25-18, 20-25, 25-22 on Saturday. Sophomore outside hitter Mariella Vandenkooy had a career-high 16 kills against the Saints to lead the Wolves, while senior Christie Colasurdo recorded 24 digs.
Junior Alisha Bettinson had 15 kills and 12 digs against Seattle Pacific.
Western Oregon (8-11 overall, 5-7 GNAC) plays at Western Washington on Thursday and at Simon Fraser on Saturday.
SOCCER LOSES TO SIMON FRASER: Western Oregon’s women’s soccer team lost to Simon Fraser 1-0 on Saturday. The Clan scored the match’s lone goal on a shot from Emma Pringle. WOU (4-10-1 overall, 1-8-1 GNAC) played Saint Martin’s Tuesday after press time. The Wolves close out the regular season on Thursday when WOU hosts Seattle Pacific at 3 p.m.