Early Goal Holds Up for Northwest in 1-0 Victory over Willamette

SALEM, OR - Amos Freiheit scored on a 22-yard shot just 8:50 into the game and Northwest University shut out Willamette University for the entire match, as the Eagles defeated the Bearcats, 1-0, at Sparks Field on Saturday, Sept. 2. Northwest improved to 1-1 on the season, while Willamette dropped to 0-1.

Freiheit's goal gave Northwest early momentum, which helped the Eagles claim an 11-5 advantage in shots during the first 45 minutes. The Eagles also outshot Willamette in the second half, but by only a 6-4 margin. Despite being outshot 17-9 overall, the Bearcats matched Northwest with five shots on goal.

Both teams achieved three corner kicks, and the fouls were nearly even, as Willamette was called for 19 infractions and Northwest was whistled for 18 violations.

Three Northwest players - Freiheit, Chad Thornton and Joe Snow - each contributed four shots, with Freiheit placing three shots on goal. Ben Ward (Jr., MF, Salem, OR/South Salem HS) led the Bearcats with four shots, including two shots on goal.

Goalkeeper Kyle Wall of Northwest was credited with five saves during the game. Willamette goalie Mark Bennett (Fr., GK, Salt Lake City, UT/West HS) registered four saves.

The Bearcats are slated to return to action on Wednesday, Sept. 6 against Warner Pacific College. Game time at Sparks Field is set for 7 p.m. (PDT). The game with Warner Pacific begins a stretch of three games in four days for the Bearcats, who will host California Lutheran University on Friday, Sept. 8 at 5 p.m. and will take on Walla Walla College on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 8 p.m.