Grow's Goal Lifts Pirates Past Bearcats

Grow's Goal Lifts Pirates Past Bearcats

SALEM, Ore. – Mackenzie Grow's penalty kick goal with 13 seconds to play in regulation lifted visiting Whitworth to a 2-1 women's soccer win at Willamette on Saturday afternoon, keeping the Pirates tied atop the Northwest Conference standings.

Whitworth improved to 10-5-1 overall and 10-1-2 (32 points) in the NWC, tied with Linfield for first place.

The Pirates had to rally from a 1-0 halftime deficit.  Jackie Day's second goal of the season in the 47th minute allowed the Bucs to pull into a tie early in the second half.  Tiara Pajimola crossed to Day for the assist.

Despite the fact that Willamette outshot Whitworth 10-3 in the second half, the Pirates were able to work for the winning goal in the final minute of play.  Hannah Bokma got free inside the box and drew the key foul against the Bearcats' defense.

Grow then stepped to the line and calmly deposited the ball into the lower-right corner for the winning kick.

"The girls kept fighting throughout the game," said Whitworth head coach Jael Hagerott.  "The goals were a culmination of a very good group effort. Willamette was a quality opponent and we had to battle hard to pull it out."

Willamette (5-11-1, 3-9-1 NWC) finished with a 19-11 edge in overall shots, but shots on-goal were even at 7-7. 

Andrea Stump made six saves for Whitworth, while Nicole Price had five stops for the Bearcats.

The Pirates continue their Oregon road trip on Sunday with a match at Lewis & Clark at noon.