by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
WHEATON, Ill. – The Whitworth Pirates dropped their second game of the season 2-1 to the Denison University Big Red on Saturday morning.
The Big Red (1-1) took 22 shots in the victory. Whitworth goalkeepers Sienna Tanner and Jenna Rogers put forth great efforts to keep the Pirates (0-2) in the game, only letting in two goals. McKenzie Hemp scored Whitworth's lone goal.
Denison began the game as the more aggressive squad. The Big Red held a 8-1 advantage in shots and a 4-1 lead in shots on goal 30 minutes in to the game. Rogers started the match in goal for Whitworth and was instrumental in holding Denison scoreless during their flurry of offense.
During the half's last 15 minutes, Whitworth picked up their offense. The Pirates created quality chances which resulted in four shots, one on goal. None of their shots found the back of the net, however, so the two teams headed into halftime scoreless.
In the second half, Denison struck first. Kelly O'Neill headed home a corner kick from Grace Murray to give the Big Red a 1-0 advantage. The shot was Denison's fourth of the half.
In the 74th minute the Big Red would pad their lead off the foot of Maggie Armstrong. Armstrong's goal was on Denison's 12th shot of the half as the Big Red peppered Tanner with shots throughout the half. Denison would out-shoot Whitworth 12-6 in the second half.
Despite the late deficit, Whitworth wouldn't quit. Hemp scored her first goal of the season, beating the keeper in front of the net to give Whitworth a chance. Unfortunately for the Pirates, Hemp's goal would be their only one as they managed just one more shot in the final eight minutes of the match.
The Pirates would finish with just five shots on goal to Denison's nine. The Big Red earned eight corner kicks to Whitworth's one and took 22 shots to Whitworth's 11.
Up next, Whitworth returns home to face off against Corban University on Saturday Sept. 9 and Carroll College on Sunday Sept. 10. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m.