Bearcats Score Twice in Second Half to Defeat CSU-East Bay, 2-1SALEM, OR - Willamette University rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit to defeat Cal State University-East Bay, 2-1, at Sparks Field in Salem, Ore., on Sunday, Sept. 3. Susan Butler (Sr., MF, Boise, ID/Boise HS) scored the tying goal when she headed in a rebound at 64:36 and Kelsey Priest (So., MF, Portland, OR/Beaverton HS) scored the winning goal on an 18-yard shot from the left side of the field at 71:46.
East Bay scored first when Willamette goalie Kari Woody (Sr., Boise, ID/Timberline HS) was forced to clear the ball under pressure and Carissa Martin hauled in the loose ball for CSU-East Bay about 30 yards out. Martin shot from 25 yards near the middle of the field. The ball bounced off the inside of the right post and into the net at 13:01.
Woody recorded three saves in the win. Koree Palmer made four saves for CSU-East Bay.
The Bearcats, who were outshot 10-8 in the first half, controlled much of the play during the second half. Willamette gained a 12-3 edge in total shots during the final 45 minutes, including a 5-0 advantage in shots on goal. Overall, the Bearcats outshot CSU-East Bay, 20-13 (6-4 on goal).
Willamette, which outscored Buena Vista University (Iowa), 8-0, on Saturday, has outscored its first two opponents, 10-1. The Bearcats will return to action on Friday, Sept. 8, against California Lutheran University at 7 p.m. (PDT) at Sparks Field.