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Wolves split first two matches

The soccer team debuts with a 1-0 win against San Francisco State.

MONMOUTH -- A young Western Oregon soccer squad opened the 2004 campaign with a split of matches this past weekend at the West Coast Classic in Chico, Calif.

The Wolves kicked off the year with a 1-0 win over San Francisco State on Aug. 27 and then fell to host Chico State 3-1 on Aug. 29.

Western will head back across the California border this coming weekend, this time traveling to Arcata for the Humboldt State Invitational. WOU plays Cal State San Bernardino at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 3 and Cal-State Stanislaus at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 5.

Stephanie Pogue is the lone senior on the Western roster. The team also has but one junior in goalkeeper Amanda Nelson. In all, the Wolves have eight freshmen and five sophomores on the roster.

Western Kim Weaver collected a loose ball in front of the net and blasted it in just 1:16 in to the match, and that was enough to give the Wolves the victory over San Francisco State

Nelson and Ally Meyer combined for the shutout with four saves (three by Meyer). WOU's defense limited the Gators to seven shots.

"It was a good, solid defensive effort," said Western coach Rod Fretz. "It was not the prettiest game. It was ragged at times and physical. But it was a very satisfying match considering the circumstances."

The match was played in 97-degree heat. The Wolves had 10 shots in the match, eight of them in the first half. Weaver's score came after Amy Weberg's shot deflected off the post.

Chico State's stifling defense held Western to three shots. The Wildcats limited WOU to one first-half shot and led 1-0 at the break. Chico State made it 2-0 seven minutes into the second half, but Western answered with a strike by Weberg, who rebounded a shot off the post by Pogue.

Chico put the verdict away with a final goal at the 66-minute mark.

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