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

WOMEN'S SOCCER

BEARCATS REMAIN IN SECOND AFTER SPLITTING TWO NWC GAMES

The Willamette women’s soccer remains in second place in the Northwest Conference after splitting a pair of NWC games over the weekend.

On Saturday, Susan Butler’s two goals lifted the Bearcats to a 2-0 win at Lewis & Clark. A day later, though, Willamette ran into the top ranked team in the west region, Puget Sound, and lost 3-0.

Against the Pioneers on Saturday, Butler (JR, Boise, Ida.) first scored at the 30:52 mark on a pass from freshman Kelsey Priest (Portland, Ore.), and then followed that up by scoring unassisted in the second half by heading in a ball that was bouncing in front of the Lewis & Clark goal.

Willamette out shot the Pioneers 9-2 in the first half on the way to their fifth shut out in their last seven games. Defenders Kelsey Rogel (FR, Tacoma, Wash.), April Kyrkos (SR, Woodinville, Wash.), Sam Post (FR, Philomath, Ore.), and Jennifer Standifer (FR, Medford, Ore.) combined with goalie Kari Woody (JR, Boise, Ida.) for the shut out.

Sunday’s contest against Puget Sound pitted the top two teams in the west region. Puget Sound, ranked No. 9 nationally coming in the contest, and Willamette, ranked No. 15 nationally, played close throughout much of the first half, before the Loggers broke things open early in the second half.

Puget Sound scored just nine minutes into the game, but Willamette had three opportunities to score in the next ten minutes on shots by Butler, Brenna Hindman (SR, Boulder, Colo.), and Laura Uhlmansiek (JR, Woodinville, Wash.). All of the shots were saved by UPS goalie Erin Williams.

The Loggers scored twice in the first five minutes of the second half to put the game away.

Butler earned honorable mention NWC Offensive Player of the Week honors for her two goals against Lewis & Clark.

Willamette, 10-5-1 overall and 8-3-1 in NWC play, returns to action this Wednesday when they host George Fox at 5 pm. Sunday the Bearcats play host to Linfield at 11 am.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL
BEARCATS DROP A PAIR OF NWC MATCHES; SCHNEIDER HONORED FOR PLAY

The Willamette women’s volleyball team dropped a pair of Northwest Conference matches last weekend, losing 3-1 at home to both George Fox and Lewis & Clark

Saturday against George Fox, the Bearcats scored the first seven points on serves by Jessica Drumm (SO, Salem, Ore.) on their way to a 30-24 game one victory.

George Fox then took the next three games, 30-19, 30-17, 30-27, to claim the match.

Jessica McGraw (FR, Gaston, Ore) led the Bearcats with 22 kills, while also adding 30 digs. Also for Willamette, Drumm tallied 25 assists, and Veronica Schneider (SR, Keizer, Ore.) had 39 digs.

On Sunday evening against Lewis & Clark, the Pioneers took game one 30-27 before Willamette took a 15-7 lead in game two on their way to a 30-27 win. The Pioneers took games three and four (30-26, 30-26) to win the match.

McGraw again paced Willamette in kills, this time with 18. Also, Kelley Lindstrom (FR, Banks, Ore.) and Jessica Durham (FR, Medford, Ore.) each added 13 kills, Drumm had 49 assists, and Schneider had 48 digs.

Schneider earned NWC honorable mention honors for her performance in the two games.

Willamette, 1-15 overall and 1-11 in the NWC, plays a pair of NWC games over the weekend. Saturday the Bearcats are at Pacific at 7 pm, and Sunday they play at Linfield, also at 7 pm.


MEN'S SOCCER
PUGET SOUND SCORES LATE FOR NWC WIN OVER WILLAMETTE

Puget Sound’s Josh Hedrick scored with less than nine minutes remaining to lead the Loggers to a 1-0 Northwest Conference win over the host Willamette Bearcats this past Sunday.

Willamette had several chances to tie the game in the remaining minutes, including a shot that went just over the crossbar before the final buzzer, but Puget Sound was able to escape with the victory.

The Loggers only out shot Willamette 8-5 in the first half, but they picked things up in the second half to finish the game with a 19-6 advantage on total shots.

Willamette goalie Dane Meier (SR, Reno, Nev.) recorded eight saves in the contest.

The Bearcats, 3-11 overall and 1-9 in the NWC, host George Fox this Wednesday at 7:30 pm, before hosting Linfield on Saturday at 1:30 pm.


FOOTBALL
BEARCATS SET TO HOST PACIFIC LUTHERAN AFTER CONSECUTIVE BYE WEEKS

The Willamette University football team is getting set to play host to Northwest Conference foe Pacific Lutheran this Saturday after consecutive bye weeks.

Back-to-back bye weeks are extremely unusual, but the situation arose when Northwest Conference opponent Lewis & Clark dropped their NWC schedule just before the first week of the season due to low roster numbers.

Willamette’s regularly scheduled bye week was this past weekend (Oct. 22), and the previous weekend (Oct. 15) they were schedule to take on the Pioneers in Portland.

The Bearcats, 3-3 overall and 1-0 in NWC play, host the Lutes at 6 pm this Saturday. Pacific Lutheran, 2-4 overall and 0-2 in the NWC, has won two in a row after losing their first four games of the year. The Lutes defeated Southern Oregon 28-17 this past Saturday. Willamette defeated Southern earlier this season, 34-28 in double overtime.