Bearcat Sports Weekly #1

Football

Last Week’s Result:
Bearcats Fall to Western Oregon by 23-9 Final Score
Western Oregon University built a 16-0 lead in the first half of its 23-9 win over Willamette University on Saturday, Sept. 1 at McArthur Field. Even so, Willamette outscored the Wolves 9-7 in the second half and ended the game with an impressive 10-play drive for the final touchdown of the night. The non-conference season opener matched the Bearcats, who compete in NCAA Division III, against WOU, which competes in NCAA Division II.

After Western took a 9-0 lead in the first quarter Willamette recorded its first points of the game with 4:01 remaining in the third quarter, when Matt Bicocca (Sr., PK, San Andreas, CA/Calaveras HS) blasted a 30-yard field goal to complete a 10-play, 76-yard drive. On Willamette’s next possession, the Bearcats gained one first down before punting. WOU then kept the ball for only three plays before a 9-yard punt gave Willamette the ball just 44 yards from the end zone.

WU back-up quarterback Ryan Whitcomb (So, QB, Oak View, CA/College of the Canyons) drove the Bearcats to the end zone over the next 10 plays. He completed the offensive surge with a 7-yard keeper for a touchdown on the final play of the game. Officials ruled that no extra point was needed since time had expired. The game featured two interceptions -- one for each team. WU’s interception was recorded by Ben Fennimore (Sr., FS, Salem, OR/McKay HS), who caught the ball near his own goal line late in the first half and gained 15 yards on the return.
Playing against an NCAA Division II team made it difficult for the WU offense, particularly in the first half. The Bearcats managed just six total yards in the first 30 minutes and finished the game with a modest 92 yards overall. Even so, the Bearcats went on a pair of 10-play scoring drives in the second half. As a team, the Bearcats gained 70 yards through the air and rushed for 22 yards on 29 carries over the course of 52 offensive plays.

Up Next for the Bearcats:
WU Set to Play at Gustavus Adolphus in St. Peter, Minn.
Willamette returns to action with a lengthy road trip next weekend. The Bearcats will take on Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., on Saturday, Sept. 8. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. (PDT). The game will be broadcast live on the Bearcat Sports Network, starting with the Pre-Game Show at 10:45 a.m. (PDT).

Bearcat Notes:
• Willamette punter Clinton Moran (Sr., Mission Viejo, CA/Capistrano Valley HS) averaged 42.9 yards on nine punts, including a long punt of 60 yards.
• Taylor Hermes (Sr., ILB, Keizer, OR/Southern Oregon University) led Willamette’s defensive efforts with 16 total tackles, including nine solo stops, giving him twice as many tackles as any other player in the game.
• Kevin Whipps (Sr., WR/QB, Eagle, ID/Eagle HS) earned one pass reception for four yards in his first game at wide receiver.
• Starting quarterback Grant Leslie (Jr., Bainbridge Island, WA/Bainbridge HS) was 7 of 15 passing for 31 yards and one interception.
• Drew Shepherd (So., WR, Park City, UT/Park City HS) caught three passes for 20 yards.

Volleyball

Last Week’s Results:
Bruins Outlast Bearcats, 3-1, in Final Match of Willamette University Volleyball Tournament
Willamette University claimed a 30-24 win the first game of the Bearcats’ match with George Fox University at the WU Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 1, but the Bruins won the next three contests, 30-18, 30-27, 30-17 to claim a 3-1 victory. GFU improved to 3-0 on the season. Willamette dropped to 0-4. The Bearcats achieved a .316 hitting percentage in the opening game, with 16 kills and just four errors on 38 total attacks. WU went on a 9-0 run for a 14-7 lead, but George Fox crept as close as four points at 27-23, but WU took three of the next four points to win the game.

George Fox, which hit just 0.43 in the first game, hit a combined .286 over the final three games. The Bruins were led by Jennifer Panico with 15 kills and 20 digs. Kelley Lindstrom (Jr., OH, Banks, OR/Banks HS) paced Willamette’s attack with 13 kills. Jessica Durham (Jr., OH, Medford, OR/North Medford HS) tacked on 10 kills. Earlier in the tournament, Willamette lost to Warner Pacific, 0-3, fell to UC-Santa Cruz, 1-3, and lost to Eastern Oregon, 2-3. The Bearcats held a 2-0 lead on Eastern Oregon, before the Mountaineers rallied for a 23-30, 32-34, 30-21, 30-19, 15-10 win. Warner Pacific won the opening match, 30-18, 30-27, 30-25 and UC-Santa Cruz prevailed 30-25, 31-29, 24-30, 30-28.

Against Warner Pacific, Durham led the Bearcats with 16 kills and seven digs. In the match with UC-Santa Cruz, Durham recorded an additional 14 kills and 13 digs, while Christine Dion (So., LIB/RS, San Jose, CA/Univ. of Portland) provided 15 digs and Edyth Lee-Barnes (So., OH/RS, Corvallis, OR/Corvallis HS) earned 14 digs. Leading WU against Eastern Oregon was Durham with 15 kills and 13 digs. Lindstrom added 14 kills and Dion registered 23 digs.

Up Next for the Bearcats:
Willamette to Compete at the Whitworth Invitational
The Bearcats will compete at the Whitworth Invitational in Spokane, Wash., on Friday, Sept. 7 and Saturday, Sept. 8. Willamette will play Lewis-Clark State and Montana-Western on Friday and will take on Whitworth University on Saturday, before playing in either the first place match or the third place match to conclude the tournament.

Bearcat Notes:
• Jessica Durham (Jr., OH, Medford, OR/North Medford HS) recorded 55 kills in Willamette’s four matches during the week, for an average of 3.44 kills per game. Kelley Lindstrom (Jr., OH, Banks, OR/Banks HS) earned 41 kills (2.56 per game).
• Christine Dion (So., LIB/RS, San Jose, CA/Univ. of Portland) led Willamette with a total of 50 digs on the weekend. She averaged 3.33 digs per game.
• Setter Brittany Ashby (Jr., S, Federal Way, WA/Decator HS) registered 153 assists during the Willamette University Tournament, as she provided the Bearcats with 9.56 assists per game. Her single match high was 52 assists against Eastern Oregon.

Men’s Soccer

Last Week’s Results:
Bearcats Tie CSU-East Bay, Fall to 10th-Ranked UC-Santa Cruz
Willamette University’s men’s soccer team opened the season with a pair of home games at Sparks Field. The Bearcats tied California State University-East Bay, 1-1 in two overtimes, then fell to the University of California-Santa Cruz, 6-0. UC-Santa Cruz was ranked 10th in the NSCAA/adidas Preseason Poll for NCAA Division III. In the season opener, CSU-East Bay took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Ante Jozinovic at 63:14. Jozinovic made an individual move near the penalty area, then sent the ball into the net.

The Bearcats tied the game and forced overtime when senior midfielder Trevor Jones (Portland, OR/Grant HS) scored on a header at 83:56. Michael Rodrigues (Sr., MF, Beaverton, OR/Southridge HS) earned an assist on the play. Neither team scored in the final six minutes of regulation or during the two 10-minute overtime periods. CSU-East Bay outshot Willamette, 23-8, but the Pioneers held a smaller advantage in shots on goal at 8-4. WU earned a 5-4 edge in corner kicks. Willamette’s goalkeeper, Scott Klein (Fr., Coeur D’alene, ID/Lake City HS) achieved seven saves, including four in overtime. Kristopher Hall recorded three saves for East Bay.

In the second game, UC-Santa Cruz scored two first half goals, then pulled away with a goal in the 57th minute and three goals in the final 18 minutes. The Banana Slugs improved to 1-1 on the season.

Anthony Scarlett led UC-Santa Cruz with one goal and two assists. Adam Smarte, who scored the first goal on an 8-yard shot at 13:49, added an assist on the Banana Slugs’ final goal. Harry Abraham tallied the second goal on a 7-yard header at the 30:55 mark, giving UCSC a 2-0 lead at the half.

UC-Santa Cruz achieved a 24-7 edge in shots, including a 15-5 advantage in shots on goal. The Banana Slugs also earned a 5-1 margin in corner kicks. Klein registered nine saves for the Bearcats. UCSC goalkeeper Jared Wheeler recorded four saves to claim the shutout.

Up Next for the Bearcats:
Willamette to Travel to Colorado for Two Games The Bearcats return to action this weekend in Colorado Spring, Colo., where they will take on Whittier College (Calif.) on Friday, Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. (PDT) and Colorado
C Soaltluergdea yo,n Sept. 8 at 1 p.m. PDT. Overall, the Bearcats will play four road games in a row. WU’s next home game is schedule for Saturday, Sept. 22 against Whitworth University.

Bearcat Notes:
• Willamette’s tie with CSU-East Bay ended a 13-match losing streak for the Bearcats. The losing streak began after WU tied Whitman College, 0-0, on Sept. 16, 2006.
• Last year, WU lost 10 games by two goals or less, including five one-goal games.
• The Bearcats will play a total of nine home games this season. All of Willamette’s seven remaining games at Sparks Field will be against Northwest Conference opponent.

Women’s Soccer

Last Week’s Result:
UC-Santa Cruz Edges Willamette, 1-0, on Goal at 86:31
Annick Lamb from the University of California-Santa Cruz dribbled though a group of players and scored at 86:31, sending the Banana Slugs to a 1-0 victory over Willamette University in a women’s soccer game hosted by the University of Puget Sound on Tuesday, Sept. 4. UC-Santa Cruz, playing its third game in five days, improved to 2-1. Willamette, playing in its season opener, fell to 0-1.

The teams played to a 0-0 tie in two overtimes at Willamette last season, and a similar result seemed likely until Lamb’s goal broke another scoreless deadlock. UC Santa Cruz finished the game with a 20-8 edge in total shots, but held a much slimmer 7-4 advantage in shots on goal. The Banana Slugs achieved a 7-4 margin in corner kicks. UCSC goalkeeper Katie Loomis recorded four saves to earn the shutout. For Willamette, Lo Holahan (Jr., GK, Anacortes, WA/Anacortes HS) registered three saves during the scoreless first half, while Kelli Gano (Fr., GK, Portland, OR/Cleveland HS) allowed the goal and earned two saves over the final 45 minutes.

Willamette’s Lauren Miller (Jr., Portland, OR/Northwestern State University, La.) led all players with four total shots. She was credited with two of Willamette’s four shots on goal.

Up Next for the Bearcats:
Willamette Hosts University of La Verne
The Bearcats return to action on Sunday, Sept. 9, when they will host the University of La Verne (Calif.). Game time at Sparks Field is slated for 7 p.m. (PDT).

Bearcat Notes:
• The Willamette women’s soccer team will play 10 home games this year. Eight of the games will be against Northwest Conference teams. The two games against non-NWC opponents are set for this weekend (Sept. 9) against the University of La Verne and for Oct. 26 against Chapman University.
• Willamette qualified for the NCAA Division III Tournament in 2006 and finished the season with a 16-2-3 record. It was WU’s 10th postseason appearance since 1993 and the Bearcats’ fifth NCAA Tournament berth since moving from the NAIA in 1988.