Western falls 6-5 in opener at Cal State Dominguez Hills

Katie Weber

Aug. 29, 2005

Box Score

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Hampered by a lack of scoring last year, Western Washington University exploded for five goals in its season opener. But the Vikings surrendered a late lead and lost 6-5 in a wild non-league women's soccer game Monday against Cal State Dominguez Hills, ranked No.19 in the NSCAA/adidas/NCAA Division II Preseason Poll.

After a disastrous start in which Western allowed three goals in the first seven minutes, the Vikings scored five straight goals and held a 5-3 lead with less than 20 minutes to play.

But then Cal State Dominguez Hills (2-0) staged a rally of its own. The Toros evened the score in the 83rd minute on a goal by forward Tara Senff and took the lead for good in the next minute on forward Rachele McDonald's second score of the game.

"This is one of the wildest games I've been involved with," said Western coach Travis Connell. "There were such momentum shifts in the game. First, they were all over us. Then we came back and scored five straight goals. Then we lost our momentum and they got three goals."

"But I'm glad we were able to score this many goals. I really feel confident that we can make the defensive adjustments to compete. And if we can combine those two things, we're going to be tough to beat."

Western took just nine shots, but more than half of them found the net. Midfielder Krissy Wohl (Sr., Spokane/Lewis & Clark) started the Vikings' run when she converted a penalty kick in the ninth minute. Western struck twice more in the first period to even the score 3-3 at halftime. Midfielder Katie Weber (Jr., Yakima/Eisenhower) netted an unassisted goal in the 32nd minute and then assisted midfielder Alyssa Kessler (So., Portland, OR/Grant) six minutes later.

Western grabbed the lead one minute into the second half when midfielder Lindsey Cox (Sr., Redmond) scored on a pass from midfielder Lizzy Page (Sr., Sammamish/Eastlake). Cox served up an assist to midfielder Kelly Gagne (R-Fr., Kent/Kentwood) in the 59th minute to complete the Viking scoring.

Cal State Dominguez Hills out-shot Western 22-9 and held a 6-0 advantage in corner kicks, but Vikings' goalie Teresa Fish (Jr., Snohomish/Monroe) made eight saves to keep Western in the game.

Western fell behind early in the game when the team surrendered an own-goal in the fifth minute. The Toros then struck for two goals in a 13-second span in the seventh minute on strikes from midfielder Candace Hearn and McDonald. Cal State Dominguez Hills would not score again until the 80th minute when midfielder Whitney Sanchez scored off of a pass from McDonald.

Western travels to Cal Poly Pomona Wednesday (1 p.m.) and returns home Friday (7 p.m.) to play Cal State Bakersfield at Mount Vernon High School.

Western Washington vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills
Date: 8/29/05  Attendance: 55
Goals by Period           1      2       Total
Western Washington	        3      2    -     5
CSU Dominguez Hills       3      3    -     6

SCORING SUMMARY: CSUDH - own goal, 4:23 CSUDH - Hearn (Roche), 6:07 CSUDH - R. McDonald (Silas), 6:20 WWU - Wohl penalty kick, 8:19 WWU - Weber, 31:34 WWU - Kessler (Weber), 37:05 WWU - Cox (Page), 46:00 WWU - Gagne (Cox), 58:16 CSUDH - Sanchez (Hirokawa), 79:34 CSUDH - Senff (R. McDonald), 82:02 CSUDH - R. McDonald (Hearn), 83:23

Shots: Western Washington 9, CSUDH 22 Corner Kicks: Western Washington 0, CSUDH 6 Saves: Western Washington 8 (Fish 8), CSUDH 3 (Tran 3)