Observer staff

The Montana Western football team took the lead for good with 16 straight points in the third quarter and held on for a 30-21 win over Eastern Oregon in Frontier Conference action Saturday in Dillon, Montana.

The Bulldog defense got to EOU quarterback Kai Quinn for a sack in the end zone and a safety and a 16-14 lead early in the third quarter. UMW stretched the lead to nine points on the ensuing possession on George Sherwood’s 54-yard touchdown reception, and to 30-14 later on a 70-yard scoring catch by Melvin Walser.

Calvin Connors hauled in a two-yard touchdown pass from Quinn to cap a 15-play drive later in the third, but EOU drew no closer.

EOU came up short despite racking up a season-high 532 yards. Quinn was just 16-for-40 passing, but threw for 320 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Victor Dias had 115 yards rushing and a touchdown and Brenden Kelly had 140 yards receiving and a score.

Dias scored from 10 yards out to give EOU a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. Kelly hauled in a 57-yard scoring pass for a 14-7 lead in the second quarter, but the Bulldogs tied it up on Hunter Thomsen’s 11 yard run late in the half.

Justin Hughes recorded an interception on defense. Garret Devos led with 11 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Michal Arenas and Zach Lacey also had 1.5 sacks. Arenas added 10 tackles.

EOU (2-5 overall, 2-5 Frontier) hosts College of Idaho Saturday at Community Stadium.

Women’s Soccer

Eastern handed first CCC loss: Rocky Mountain ended Eastern Oregon’s undefeated streak.

Lauryn Gamache scored the game’s only goal on a corner kick that bounced in off a defender and the Battlin’ Bears handed EOU its first loss in Cascade Collegiate Conference play, 1-0, Sunday afternoon.

Gamache’s goal came in just the second minute of the contest, ending EOU’s streak of scoreless minutes at 457.

The Mountaineers recovered from the early goal and had a handful of opportunities to pull even, but missed out. Maia Wetzel stopped all three EOU shots on goal, including one from Yasmin Mookerdum in the closing seconds.

Cydni Cottrell did finish with three saves for EOU, which outshot Rocky Mountain 13-10.

Eastern (8-3-2 overall, 7-1-1 CCC) remains in first place in the CCC, but holds a slim lead over Rocky (7-2-0) and Corban (6-2-1). Eastern hosts Northwest Christian and Corban in its final homestand of the season beginning Friday.

Mountaineers, Yotes tie: Eastern Oregon’s seven-match winning streak ended after battling College of Idaho to a scoreless draw Friday afternoon.

The outcome marked the first time EOU hadn’t come away from a match victorious since a 2-1 loss at Pacific Lutheran Sept. 9, and was the team’s second tie of the season. The Mountaineers also battled Puget Sound to a 0-all draw Sept. 8.

EOU didn’t lack opportunities, however. The Mountaineers cranked out 20 shots to C of I’s six, and had a 12-5 edge in shots on goal. Brittany Houghton, though, stopped all 12 shots that came her way for the Coyotes.

EOU had chances denied in both overtime periods. Houghton made a save on a Nan Kiebert shot in the 92nd minute, and also stopped a Mookerdum attempt in the 107th minute.

Morgan Farrington might have had EOU’s best chance in the second OT, but her header in the 104th minute hit the post.

Cottrell stopped all five shots that came her way for EOU.

Men’s Soccer

Eastern men fall, see playoff hopes fading: EOU’s postseason hopes
became even slimmer with a 3-0 road loss to No. 7 Rocky Mountain in Cascade Collegiate Conference action Sunday.

The Battlin’ Bears got all the offense they needed in the third minute on a goal by Matthew Thomas. RMC added a pair of goals in the second half from Milo Downey and Sam Davidson.

The Bears outshot EOU 19-7, and had a decisive 10-1 edge in the shot category in the second half.

Alex Mitchell had six saves for EOU. Steven Beaudry and Jorge Chavez were the aggressors on offense with two shots each.

EOU (7-7-1 overall, 4-6-1 CCC) is currently 11th in the conference heading into its final weekend home set against Northwest Christian and No. 10 Corban, which are set for Friday and Saturday. Eastern needs at least one win, and likely two, to keep its postseason hopes alive.

Yotes take down Mounties: Eastern
Oregon’s CCC playoff hopes took a major hit with a 3-1 road loss to College of Idaho Friday afternoon.

The Yotes scored in the 14th and 44th minute on goals by Carter Perry and Guilherme Siqueira for a 2-0 halftime lead, and Jacob Hurter made it 3-0 in the 51st minute.

Eastern finally got on the scoreboard in the 74th minute on a Josh Goodman goal, but drew no closer despite outshooting C of I in the second half, 9-2.

Francisco Flores made two saves for EOU.

Men’s Basketball

Eastern Oregon wins opener: Jordan May hit six 3-pointers on his way to 32 points, leading Eastern Oregon to a season-opening 97-82 victory over Fraser Valley Friday in Kirkland, Washington.

Max McCullough added 19 points as EOU had four players in double figures. Austin Winegar and Blake O’Donnell also reached double digits with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Both McCullough and Winegar hit three 3s.

As a team, EOU shot 52 percent from the floor, and 54 percent from beyond the arc. The Mountaineers capitalized on 23 Fraser Valley turnovers, turning them into 34 points. EOU also had an edge in the paint, 36-30, and owned a 14-2 advantage on the fast break.

May’s first triple gave EOU the lead for good early at 8-7 and triggered a 15-2 run. Brennan Pope put home a layup at the 15:13 mark for a 20-9 lead. Fraser closed to within 24-22 on a Vick Toor layup, but another Eastern run — this time a 22-3 spurt — put the Mountaineers up by 21 for their largest lead of the half. Eastern led 54-38 at the break.

McCullough knocked home a 3 for a 67-45 lead — the largest of the game — early in the second half. Fraser twice cut the margin to seven, but drew no closer.

Mountaineers survive comeback bid: Eastern Oregon jumped out to a 25-point halftime lead Saturday, then had to hold on for an 85-78 victory over Trinity Western to improve to 2-0 on the season.

McCullough led the Mountaineers, who only trailed once at 3-2, with 21 points and hit five 3-pointers. He also had five assists. O’Donnell added 14 points and grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds, and Pope added 10 points and nine boards.

EOU held the Spartans to 30 percent shooting and used a 19-4 run to race out to a 36-16 lead on a tip-in by Pope. A steal and lay-in by May made it a 25-point game, and Eastern led 51-26 at the break.

The Spartans opened the second half on a 19-2 run to close within 53-45 on a Posgos Trunyan 3-pointer. Another Trunyan 3 made it 61-59 EOU with 9:48 left, but Trinity got no closer. O’Donnell had a tip-in, two free throws and a layup during a 10-4 run to push the lead back to eight, and Said Hersi hit a 3 later to make it a 12-point game with just 2:12 left.

EOU (2-0 overall) travels to Caldwell, Idaho, to face Ottawa University Friday.

Women’s wrestling

EOU opens strong: The Eastern Oregon women’s wrestling team opened the season in emphatic fashion with a 33-1 dual victory over Umpqua Community College Saturday in Roseburg.

Amber Pair, Jessica DeHart and Alexis Cavero all picked up victories by pinfall for the Mountaineers. Renay Monohan earned a 6-3 decision for EOU, and Madisen Bozovich, Jacey Lindner and Cassidy Freeman all picked up wins via forfeit.

Eastern Oregon takes to the mat at home Nov. 4 in its home-opening dual against Providence.