Wolves dominate on defense, shut out Raiders
MONMOUTH — Western Oregon held Southern Oregon to 131 yards of offense as the NCAA Division II Wolves scored a 23-0 football victory Saturday at McArthur Field.
Western Oregon improved to 3-2 overall. Southern Oregon dropped its fourth straight and fell to 1-4. SOU travels to Azusa Pacific next Saturday.
Southern Oregon managed only 87 passing yards and 44 on the ground.
Western Oregon scored at 8:47 of the first quarter. Jon Dowd fumbled an SOU punt, then picked it up and went 49 yards for the score.
SOU appeared to answer that score, but running back Brandon Baldwin fumbled into the end zone to give the Wolves the ball back.
Western added a Kelly Morgan field goal and a Sean Fullerton touchdown reception to take a 17-0 lead at the half. Morgan's field goal was set up by a fumbled punt return.
Morgan added two fourth quarter field goals to wrap up the scoring.
Baldwin was held to 35 yards on 20 carries. SOU freshman quarterback Alex Miller, making his first start, completed 7 of 16 passes for 76 yards.
Defensively, SOU held WOU to 296 yards. Kevin Harrell had a team-high 11 tackles. Western Oregon was led by D.J. Jackson's 75 yards rushing.
Southern Oregon snapped a two-match losing streak with a 4-0 win over Eastern Oregon in a Cascade Conference match Saturday at University Field.
Southern Oregon (3-7-1, 1-2 CC) wasted little time grabbing control, scoring 1:01 into the game on a long rainbow free kick by freshman Tori Chambliss.
SOU's other goals came in 20-minute span of the second half.
Freshman Alexis Mahoney made it 2-0 with a series of one-on-one moves before finding the far left corner of the net.
Nine minutes later, Mahoney scored again from point-blank range on an assist by Sara Switzer.
Stacy Szeto connected from 6 yards out after a throw-in from Chenin Young for the Raiders final tally.
"Getting that first goal was really important and really helped our confidence," SOU head coach Jon Clement said. "After halftime, we did a really good job of raising our level again and taking control of the match. We really linked together today, and we are capable of playing like this day in and day out."
SOU blistered the EOU (3-5, 3-1) defense with 25 shots and 18 shots on goal.
Mahoney finished with five shots on goal, while Szeto had four and Switzer had three.