Oct. 14, 2010
Northwest ends Western's unbeaten streak
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State freshman Emilee Davison scored for the second time in as many games to help the Bearcats double up Missouri Western, 2-1, Thursday in an afternoon contest on Bearcat Pitch.
The win pulls Northwest (2-7-3, 2-6-2 MIAA) into a tie with the Griffons (1-6-5, 1-4-5) in the conference standings at eight points each. Missouri Western was coming off a 2-1 upset of Nebraska-Omaha last weekend and was unbeaten in its last four games.
Davison's team-leading third goal of the season broke a scoreless tie, came in the 22nd minute and was more about being in the right place at the right time. Teammate Amanda Bundrant worked the right side of the Pitch before passing ahead to Amanda Olah inside the box. Olah sent a shot off Griffon goal keeper Jenna Weis, but the rebound squirted towards the goal where Davison stood to tap it in.
Olah had a chance to make it a two-goal lead just before halftime, but her shot from 25 yards out was drilled off the left post. The rebound skipped to teammate Hannah Barnett, but her shot was sent wide and Northwest took a one goal lead into the break.
Much of the fireworks in the second half occurred in the final minute. Northwest forward Kelsey Sanders found herself one-on-one with Weis after being set up by a pass from Erica Hatcher. Sanders gave a fake before drilling a shot into the left side of the net. It was the first goal of the season for Sanders after scoring four times a season ago.
Kendra Stirn ruined Northwest's shutout bid after scoring with 17 seconds remaining. Jessica Martin sent a throw into the box, the pass made its way to Stirn who capitalized on an open net. It was the first goal of the season for Stirn.
Northwest keeper Liz Fulton stopped three shots on goal to earn her first collegiate win in her third try. Fulton made back-to-back saves during a two-minute span in the first half that enabled the Bearcats to maintain its lead. Fulton denied Molly Slattery's attempt from 30 yards away on the first, then deflected a hard shot by Stirn up and over the net for a corner.
Jacque Dedovesh and Andrea Freeman led a back line that allowed the Griffons eight shots in 90 minutes and just four on goal. Dedovesh and Freeman are the lone Bearcats who have logged more than 1,000 minutes through the team's first 12 games.
Next Up: Northwest travels to Warrensburg Saturday for a 7 p.m. contest with the second-ranked Central Missouri Jennies (11-0, 9-0).
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