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Central Washington falls to Western Oregon

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by Central Washington Athletics

ELLENSBURG, Wash. - Central Washington finished with a 22-5 shot advantage, but a pair of first-half goals by visiting Western Oregon sunk the Wildcats in a 2-0 women's soccer loss to the Wolves on Thursday afternoon at the CWU Soccer Field.

The loss drops the Wildcats to 4-7-1 overall and 1-3-1 in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play. Western Oregon earned its second GNAC win of the season (2-5-0) and improved to 3-8-3 overall.

A penalty kick by Western Oregon's Rachelle Kliewer at the 28th minute found the back of the net behind CWU goalkeeper Amber Easterbrook (Kent, Wash./Kentwood HS) to give the Wolves a 1-0 lead. The margin was then pushed to 2-0 five minutes later after a WOU corner kick had been cleared by the Wildcat defense but freshman Chelsy Okuma launched a shot from 35 yards out that bounced into the goal box and ultimately past a diving Easterbrook. The goal was the first of Okuma's career.

Central, which dominated statistically in every category except on the scoreboard, had plenty of opportunities to score in posting its highest single-match shot total of the season. The Wildcats had a 12-4 shot advantage in the first half and outshot the Wolves by a 10-1 count in the second half. CWU also had a 9-2 edge in corner kicks, including a 5-0 margin in the final stanza.

Of the Wildcats' 22 shots, 10 were saved on goal by Western Oregon's Brittney Rigtrup. Four others, however, hit either the post or the crossbar, including a shot attempt by sophomore Brittany Franks (Yakima, Wash./West Valley HS) that hit the crossbar at the 62nd minute.

Among the Wildcats' top attackers on Thursday were sophomore Serena Tomaso (Enumclaw, Wash.), who had seven shot attempts including five on goal. Junior Kaycie Hutchins (Port Orchard, Wash./Bellarmine Prep), Central's leading point scorer on the season, was credited with four shot attempts including three on goal. Easterbrook was called upon to make just two saves in what was her 43rd consecutive start in goal for the Wildcats.

Central Washington continues a four-match home stand on Saturday morning, taking on Northwest Nazarene at 11 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time.  

COLLEGE WOMEN'S SOCCER WEST REGION NCAA DIVISION II/GREAT NORTHWEST ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Western Oregon 2, Central Washington 0  
Western Oregon (3-8-3, 2-5-0 GNAC) vs. Central Washington (4-7-1, 1-3-1 GNAC)

Date: Oct 08, 2009  Attendance: 77
Weather: 68 deg F, sunny, 6 mph WNW   Goals by period       1  2  Tot
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Western Oregon......  2  0 -  2
Central Washington..  0  0 -  0
 
SCORING SUMMARY:
1.  27:27 WOU Kliewer,Rachelle (7) Penalty kick
2.  32:18 WOU Okuma,Chelsy (1) Corner kick - corner got kicked out into open and 10 knocked it in from 35 yards out   Shots: Western Oregon 5, Central Washington 22
Saves: Western Oregon 10 (Rigtrup,Brittney 10), Central Washington 2 (Easterbrook,Amber 2)
Great Northwest Athletic Conference match

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