2005 FALL BEARCATS SPORTS WEEKLY UPDATE A Weekly Review of Bearcat Athletic News

FOOTBALL: BEARCATS WIN DOUBLE OVERTIME THRILLER FOR THIRD STRAIGHT VICTORY

After starting the season 0-3, the Willamette University football team has reeled off three straight wins after a 34-28 double overtime victory over Southern Oregon University this past Saturday at McCulloch Stadium.

Flanker Ryan Hernandez (JR, Portland, OR) scored on a 25-yard run on the Bearcats first play of the second overtime, and the Willamette defense was able to hold Southern Oregon out of the end zone to give the Bearcats their third straight win of the year.

After Hernandez’s score, the Bearcats defense stopped Raiders star running back Jacobe Krizman on third and two when Chris Mulitalo (SO, San Leandro, CA) and Phil Sweet (SO, Albany, OR) met him at the line of scrimmage. On fourth and two, Krizman again got the ball and this time Mulitalo and Megdy Khoury (SR, Elko, NV) combined for the stop, giving the Bearcats a hard-fought win.

Khoury earned Northwest Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors after recording 11 tackles, three pass deflections, and a fumble recovery against the Raiders.

The Bearcats played most of the game, including overtime, with backup quarterback Kevin Whipps (SO, Eagle, ID) under center. Whipps, who took over for senior Cameron Walton (Arroyo Grande, CA) after Walton suffered a concussion early in the game, filled in admirably, going 11-23 for 188 yards and two touchdowns, both to receiver Michael Plank (JR, Stockton, CA).

Plank had a superb game of his own, catching nine passes for 168 yards and his two scores. For his efforts, he was named honorable mention NWC Offensive Player of the Week.

One other Bearcat whose play stood out was Wesley Randall (JR, Los Angeles, CA). Randall blocked two punts, one of which was returned 35 yards for a touchdown by C.J. Washington (SO, Spokane, WA), on his way to being named NWC Special Teams Player of the Week.

For the game, Southern Oregon held a 409-397 edge in total yards, but the Bearcats did out rush the Raiders 197-37. Quentin Brock (SR, Fresno, CA) led the Willamette rushing attack with 81 yards on 25 carries. Hernandez added 73 yards on nine carries.

Linebacker Devin O’Rourke (SO, Eatonville, WA) led the Willamette defense with 12 tackles, while Sweet added 11. Sweet and Randall each had an interception.

Willamette, 3-3 overall and 1-0 in NWC play, now takes two weeks off before returning to Northwest Conference play on October 29 at home against Pacific Lutheran University. Kickoff is set for 6 pm.


WOMEN'S SOCCER: BEARCATS TIED FOR SECOND IN THE NORTHWEST CONFERENCE

The Willamette women’s soccer team remains tied for second place in the Northwest Conference after picking up a win and a tie last weekend. The Bearcats tied Pacific Lutheran 1-1 on Saturday, before defeating Pacific 1-0 on Sunday.

Susan Butler (JR, Boise, ID) scored the Bearcats lone goal in the road win over Pacific on Sunday, with her goal coming in the 71st minute. Butler managed to pull the ball from a scrum in front of the Boxers goal, and put it past Pacific goalie Shannon Tillman for the game-winner.

The Bearcats, 7-3-1 overall and 5-2-1 in NWC action, out shot Pacific 12-7, and held a 3-0 advantage in corner kicks. Goalie Kari Woody (JR, Boise, ID) had three saves for Willamette.

Against Pacific Lutheran on Saturday, Bearcat forward Brenna Hindman (SR, Boulder, CO) tied the game in the 60th minute when she headed home a long pass from defender Sam Post (FR, Philomath, OR) over the head of PLU goalie Alyssa Blackburn.

PLU out shot Willamette 18-16, but the Bearcats held a 6-4 edge in corner kicks over the Lutes. Woody had seven saves for the Bearcats, and is second in the NWC in saves percentage at .882.

Hindman earned honorable mention NWC Offensive Player of the Week honors, while April Kyrkos (SR, Woodinville, WA) was named honorable mention NWC Defensive Player of the Week.

The Bearcats take a long road trip this weekend to face Whitman on Saturday at noon in Walla Walla, followed by a Sunday noon game against Whitworth in Spokane.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL: BEARCATS DROP PAIR OF NWC MATCHES

The Willamette women’s volleyball team dropped a pair of Northwest Conference matches last week, losing 3-1 to both Whitworth and Whitman.

Friday night at 23rd-ranked Whitworth, the Bearcats lost game one before winning the second. The Pirates then won the next two games to win the match. In game two, the Bearcats rallied from a 21-18 deficit for a 30-28 win.

Jessica McGraw (FR, Gaston, OR) led Willamette with 14 kills, while Kelley Lindstrom (FR, Banks, OR) had 10. Also for the Bearcats, Jessica Drumm (SO, Salem, OR) tallied 26 assists and Vernoica Schneider (SR, Keizer, OR) had 18 digs.

Sunday saw the Bearcats again lose the first game before winning the second, 30-25.

For Willamette, Jessica Durham (FR, Medford, OR) had 20 kills, while McGraw had 19. Drumm had another impressive outing, handing out 57 assists. Schneider again led the Bearcats defense, this time with 21 digs.

Willamette, 1-11 overall and 1-7 in NWC play, travels to Tacoma this weekend to play the University of Puget Sound on Friday and Pacific Lutheran University on Saturday. Both matches are set for 7 pm.


MEN'S SOCCER: BEARCATS LOSE TWO OVER THE WEEKEND

The Willamette men’s soccer team lost two Northwest Conference games this past weekend, dropping them to 3-7 overall and 1-5 in NWC play.

Saturday afternoon at home the Bearcats lost 2-0 to Pacific Lutheran. Willamette goalie Dane Meier (SR, Reno, NV) recorded seven saves, but the Lutes managed 23 shots during the game. Willamette only had four.

Sunday saw the Bearcats lose 2-1 to Pacific in Forest Grove. The Boxer’s Matt McDonough scored what proved to be the game-winning kick in the 60th minute on a penalty kick. The win snapped Pacific’s seven-game losing streak. Pacific out shot Willamette 19-6 for their first NWC win.

The game was a physical contest, as three yellow cards and one red card were issued. Willamette was whistled for 21 fouls.

Pacific out shot Willamette 19-6 for their first NWC win. Meier again recorded seven saves in the loss.

Donald Bressler (SR, Seattle, WA) scored the Bearcats goal in the 42nd minute, using his head to sneak a crossing pass from Thomas Cloutier (SO, Beaverton, OR) into the Boxers goal.

Bressler earned honorable mention NWC Offensive Player of the Week honors for his goal.

The Bearcats, 3-8 overall and 1-6 in the NWC, play at Whitman on Saturday and at Whitworth on Sunday. Both matches are set for 2:30 pm.

CROSS COUNTRY: BEARCATS RETURN TO ACTION THIS SATURDAY

Both the men’s and women’s teams did not compete last week, and are off until this Saturday, when they run at Clackamas Community College at 11 am.